Restaurants & Bars

Pommes Frites, Bit of Country, Palm Springs

patty | Apr 7, 200301:39 PM

I saw this place on Palm Canyon Drive recommended on Chowhound, so I thought I'd give it a try. It wasn't awful but I don't think I'd return. I should have realized when I saw it was smack in the middle of the packed main drag that it would be touristy, and sure enough, the menu was full of rules (such as a high charge for splitting dishes, etc.) including $15 corkage. The service was haphazard. I suppose $80 is fair for two starters, two buckets of mussels and fries, a bottle of (bad) wine and one dessert, but it seemed like a lot for the indifferent quality of the food. The salade frisee was so-so, with a cold poached egg and very chintzy on the bacon, drenched in a pretty good viniagrette. The mariniere broth on the mussels wasn't too flavorful, and the bread (key to a good mussels experience) was cottony. On the other hand, after 20 years, I still enjoy breakfast at Bit Of Country on Indian. Their hash, biscuits and gravy, etc. hit the spot and the prices are very reasonable. We got a table on the patio immediately Sunday morning and the IHOP down the street had a line out the door. I guess people only want to eat at chains.

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