I head out to La Quinta a few times a year to spend time with family, golf and of course, eat! We almost always settle for fine dining -- Cuistot, Blend, Arnold Palmers, LG's, Jillian's, Wally's, Desert Sage, etc. But I'm trying to find some lesser knowns, and less expensive dining. My preference would be to find spots closer to La Quinta, such as Indio, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, but I'm willing to go farther. I'd greatly appreciate any help.
I'd really like to get away from what seems to be a bit of the norm in the desert (i.e., lots of meat and continental cuisine). So mostly, I'm looking for ethnic foods, but feel free to offer some other gems, cheap or pricey. Mostly, here's what I'm looking for:
Really good Mexican food -- cheap or pricey. This is really what I'm after and I haven't found it. How about some really good tacos? Or moles (Manchamanteles, Teloloapense, Negro, you name it)? Chiles en Nogada, etc.
Asian too - Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Korean.
Why not some Eastern European if it exists . . . does it? And how about Middle Eastern?
A good Jewish deli (wasn't so enthused with Manhattan in the Desert and Sherman's was decent). Is there anything else?
Are there any good down-home breakfast places? I'd love to find grits, biscuits and gravy, stick-to-your ribs food.
And if you have any recs for BBQ (wood smoked), burgers, fried chicken or pizza (thick or thin, I don't care), I'd love to hear them. I've been to Matchbox in PS and enjoyed it, but anything closer to La Quinta?
Well, that's a long list, and if there's a hidden gem that doesn't necessarily fit into any of the above categories, I'd still like to hear from you. Thanks in advance for any recommendations you might have.