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La Tablita, Cathedral City/Palm Springs area

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La Tablita, Cathedral City/Palm Springs area

anli | Feb 22, 2005 08:09 PM

This is a family run restaurant in a shopping mall near the auto dealerships in Cathedral City on Hwy 111. The Desert Sun had given this place a positive review, so our family of 4 decided to try it. A fresh basket of chips and salsa were on the table within minutes of being seated. Aside from the usual combination plates, there were some interesting specialty items, which was what we were looking for. There are 4 or 5 types of soup, which included a seafood soup that my husband loved, served with crab legs and shrimp in a rich spicy broth, while I tried the menudo, both of which were small portions which arrived in sizeable bowls. The menudo was tender, but the broth was one dimensional, very red in color but light on flavor. We ordered a beef tostada salad for the kids, also a sizeable serving. For entrees, we had the enchiladas suizas, the carnitas, birria (lamb) in a dark stew with fresh corn tortillas, and a chicken chimichanga. The enchiladas were delicious, and the sauce had a bite of jalapeno. The carnitas looked dry, but was actually very tender and flavorful. The cut of meat used reminded me a lot of Chinese ti-pang (pork rump). All the platters but the birria came with rice, beans, guacamole and sour cream. My husband loved his birria, which the server warned was spicy, but was just right in terms of heat. They serve a variety of Mexican and domestic beers, but we did not try any. The clientele were mixed between local families, both Hispanic and non Hispanic. On Friday nights they have an all you can eat seafood buffet.

The service is not polished, and the kitchen sent out our soups and salad together with our entrees, so we had a lot of food on the table all at once. The bill came to $60, which included 3 soft drinks. Needless to say, we were stuffed and satisfied.

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