Restaurants & Bars

Palm Springs inexpensive dining

Just Larry | Mar 3, 200408:19 AM

I had dinner Friday and Saturday night in Palm Springs. Friday at Cafe Scandia on Indian Canyon. Bistro decor, friendly relaxed service. Place was totally full and every time a table left, it was filled again immediately all night. The amazing thing here is that all entrees come with soup and salad, entree and dessert and maybe even coffe or tea. Wife had a Split Pea soup, creamy viniagrette dressing on the salad and Lamb Loin for $15.00. Everything was really good. I had Clam Chowder, salad, Venison Chop done medium rare and Tarte Tatin for $12.00. I still can't believe it. It was every bit as good as the Venison I had at Josie for $35.00 for the entree alone. Soup was also tasty. Only problem were the wines, at $5.00 a glass were jug wine quality and the crust on the tart was truly the toughest I have ever come across. Apples were excellent. Bill with tax, before tip $40.80. I kept pinching myself all weekend.

Saturday dinner at John Henry on Tahquitz. Also very busy with helpful skilled servers. Dinners include soup or salad. Wish I could remember what the soup was but I remember finishing every drop. Salads were very generous but basic lettuce, tomato thing with oil and vinegar. My entree was Monkfish Gratin. A large portion of moist, tender, buttery fish served with Orzo pasta (looks like risotto but is really pasta). Couldn't be better. 1/2 Duck with Orange Sauce got excellent reviews and was very popular with the crowd. Wife had Polenta appetizer for her dinner. Ton of cheese on top and a huge portion, she thought it was OK. Wines by the glass were quite respectable and at $5.00 were a good value. All entrees here were also in the $12-18.00 price range. We enjoyed a piece of cherry pie with the biggest scoop of pretty respectable vanilla iced cream for dessert. $45.00 before tip.

Not all restaurants in town are this reasonable in price. Many places in town charge $30-40.00 for an a la carte entree and they are busy too. Weather was also cooperating. Great weekend

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