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Palm Desert report (long)


Restaurants & Bars

Palm Desert report (long)

Sunshine Girl | Jan 10, 2005 05:09 PM

So had a lovely, rainy two days in Palm Desert - our purpose being to shop all day Saturday and Sunday at the Outlet stores. My feet are still sore.

Anyway, my SO and I couldn't decide where to eat, so we asked the concierge at our hotel. She suggested the Tequila Club on El Paseo.

So we arrived at the Tequila Club, having expected it to be much trendier than it was. The decor wasn't anything special, kind of remiscent of a Carrows or something like that (green tablecloth, red napkins).

However, don't let the decorations put you off! The food and service, and drinks, were outstanding. Very large margaritas (flavored or house) ran $6 a piece. For one with a shot of chambord it was only $8. Have to love those drink prices.

We started with yellow chiles stuffed with tuna. Sounds odd, but these were quite good, and different than anything I've tried before. A little oily, but that was okay.

For entrees, my SO had the carnitas something michoacan. The guacamole served with this was his most favorite guac ever, and the pork very tender and flavorful. However, he was incredibly envious of my platter - the Camarones wrapped in bacon with a sour cream chipotle sauce. That sauce was amazing, and they won't give the recipe! So good it caused my SO to pull the old "hey what's that over there?" trick to dip his pork into my sauce. Or a chip. Or a vegetable. Or anything into it. Very flavorful, almost with hints of bacon in the sauce.

I'm told that the restaurant has now changed it's name to Restaurante Guillermo’s, and that they just re-did their entire menu the week before we arrived. You can read more in this article from the Desert Sun. I, for one, am always up for supporting the family owned and operated business.

Don't let the lack of crowds or decor fool you. The staff were incredibly attentive, helpful, and the food was great (and reasonably priced).

Appetizers - $4 - $10
Entrees - $11 - $20

Our total came out to something like $60 (not including tax and tip). Very well worth it, considering we had 2 drinks each!

We had contemplated heading out to one of the many breakfast suggestions we received, however, our hotel, the Westin, kindly gave us complimentary breakfast for two due to the inconvenience we encountered when our neighbors had two very yappy dogs that barked incessantly in the night. We opted for the buffet at the hotel. For $17.95, I would not have paid for it myself, as I find it difficult to eat that much for breakfast. It was a breakfast only buffet spread, not your typical brunch. Meaning, breakfast only items. Fruit, yogurt, omelet station, variety of pastries, their signature bread pudding, bacon, eggs, sausage, cereal, oatmeal, potatoes, juice, coffee, etc. Had it been a clear, warm day, sitting on the patio overlooking the koi ponds would have been delightful. The food was good and fresh, the staff attentive, and we enjoyed the "free" aspect!

72-850 El Paseo, Palm Desert. 760-341-0980.

Dinah Shore and Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, California 92270


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