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torta basilica | Apr 7, 200201:56 PM     4

Just spent the traditional Easter week - a few updates:

La Quinta Grill - Was a zoo the Sat before Easter - people stacked everywhere. Waited 45 mins for our resv. Were given a nice table on the patio by the waterfall. Service was ok. Food was just average - the skillet corn bread I love so much was cold. Salads boring. Entrees were just so-so. My rib eye steak was the best & a big portion. Whitefish boring - no sauce - just sitting there looking sad. Would still go back as still one of best choices for ambience at this end of the desert, but not on a weekend during Spring Break.

Roy's in Rancho Mirage - Was good. Usual good friendly service & usual loud atmosphere. Shared crab cakes & great seafood potstickers (not lobster like other Roy's). I had swordfish in a delicious sauce - only complaint would be thiness of swordfish, but I certainly was full when finished. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their entrees. Next complaint - they took the Beringer Alluvium Blanc off the wine list & everything else was pretty expensive. Our friends ordered the Ferrari Carrano Sav Blanc - for $45!! I bit my tongue & went with the flow - can't stand it though when I know how much a bottle costs at Von's Pavilions & we're paying a 400% markup! Ugh. Last complaint - 2 appetizers, 4 mains, 1 bottle wine, 2 glasses wine & 1 coffee came to $220 without tip - at least the food was good. Think I'll stick with Roy's in Hawaii Kai & Kihei... I can handle paying the prices better there.

Former Gila Grill now La Cantina (??) on Country Club in Morton's & Ralph's parking lot. Was also a zoo on a Friday night, but great margaritas, huge menu & pretty good food - liked their black beans a lot! Guac is a rip-off - I hate it when they put it on a bed of letture to camaflogue how little they are actually giving you.

Easter Brunch at Palm Valley Country Club - after reading Kitchen Confidential, I just can't get past wondering how old everything is... Peel & eat shrimp & crab claws - what a mess. Decent domestic champagne I'd never heard of.

Lunch at Palm Valley Country Club - great views, service, bread, Arnold Palmers & really good food. The Cobb salad was weak, but steak sandwich & fries that they dip in something spicy & re-fry - yummm!!! Great Chinese Chicken salad & pasta/dried fruits/chicken salad - nothing exactly innovative, but all good.

Gorgeous weather until Friday & next time will make the drive back to PS for St. James or Le Valluris if we want a really good meal.

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