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Palm Springs, North and South

Zoe | Sep 30, 200206:30 PM

The up and coming North End of Palm Springs is home to the divine

Cafe Italia with splendid thin crust anchovy pizza and outstanding meat balls with the spaghetti dinner we fancied plus spinach with balsamic and a not bad salad. Italian satellite Tv blaring in the background, really fun to watch - its family run and it shows.

Ricks for lunch - that place is full of good food - had an avocado stuffed with turkey salad on a bed of designer greens and I ate the whole lot. SO had the Cuban bean soup and stuffed tomato with tuna - they are open for breakfast at 6 am and serve lunch until 2, no dinner. Rick is right there overseeing

Riccio's is opening again this week with an early bird (5-6) of $20.02 and has their penne vodka and sand dabs as two choices (will report later when we have tried this but this price includes dessert and coffee too. Breakfast down South at

Elmer's with a terrific German pancake that was so puffy it fell off the plate. Also tried the Kentucky Benedict (less successful as didn't like the potato roll instead of the english muffin and not enough hollandaise BUT the 0'Brien potatoes were very very good).

Lyons Grill the home of crunchy roast duck isn't open yet so tried

Lord Fletcher's Grill - something awfully homey about that place - warm service, very attentive, good sour dough and delicious chopped salad with an excellent dressing (oil vinegar +++?) I ate so much I really didn't want anymore dinner -- but -- the weekend special eaten by my SO, was bar b que beef ribs; fine, fine, fine and enormous portion served with a side of vegetables, butternut squash, cauliflour, I wasn't so successful with the prime rib - good size piece but it seemed too lean and not enough taste, (don't eat this too often but remember it needs to be cooked in a layer of fat for real flavor) plus yorkshire pudding had been standing and that one needs to be eaten right out of the oven, creamed spinach wasn't, wasn't creamy anyhow just a heap of spinach. Trifle excellent with freshly whipped cream and plenty of it.

Albertsons on Sunrise at Vista Chino has the most tasty roast chicken to go (appreciated by all including the dogs, Rufus and Zoe). I've tried the chicken at other Albertsons but it doesn't compare

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