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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-12-29 2:00 pm   Permalink

Since Banducci's is gone, are there any other good/interesting places in or near Palm Springs?
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thejab
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Posted: 2004-12-29 2:04 pm   Permalink

Since Banducci's is closed, you may want to check out the classic (as in 1970s classic!) piano bar at the Ingleside Inn (called the Casablanca bar).

More info:
http://tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=377&forum=4&vpost=2514

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CaseyJPS
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Posted: 2004-12-29 2:34 pm   Permalink

Lyons' English Grille, one block from the Resort, is an iconic holdover from the 60s, with piano in the bar.

Casablanca will be considerably busy, very hoity toidy, and pricey. It is not a large venue. I believe you will probably have to valet park as well.

I really want to stress that you need to make a detour, or a stop, at The Parker. It is a finite interpretation of 60s and 70s decor. It is still "in progress" but is worth even a ten minute stop. Mr. Parker's bar and restaurant will open 12/31 and the lobby bar (retro 70s) is now open. The lobby lounge is very cool (with a circular fire pit/fireplace, and you'll think you're in Auntie Mame's house (during her avante garde period) when you enter the lobby.

If you need any more ideas, just ask (we live here).


 
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thejab
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Posted: 2004-12-29 2:36 pm   Permalink

Old restaurants are rare as hen's teeth in Palm Springs. The Lord Fletcher is 38 years old and decorated in olde english atmosphere. Good prime rib and not super expensive. It's in Rancho Mirage.

http://www.desertdiningguide.com/restaurants/lordfletcher/index.html

Lyon's is a similar theme but "recently redecorated". Ugh.

http://www.desertdiningguide.com/restaurants/lyons/index.html

Try Las Casuelas for Mexican food, but go to the original location if you can at 368 N Palm Canyon Dr (there are 3 or 4 locations). Try the Chile Rellenos or the Camarones Diablo.

Another good Mexican place is El Gallito in Cathedral City. Recommended by Jane and Michael Stern. I remember having great carnitas there that I think are only served on Thursdays.

http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=454

And try and see Shield's Date Gardens in Indio if you have time.

http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=394


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thejab
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Posted: 2004-12-29 2:38 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-29 14:34, CaseyJPS wrote:
Casablanca will be considerably busy, very hoity toidy, and pricey. It is not a large venue. I believe you will probably have to valet park as well.



I just walked there from downtown to avoid valet parking. It is pricey and somewhat hoity toity but the lounge singer / piano player was worth it (this was about 5 years ago though so things may have changed).


 
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Moki
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Posted: 2004-12-29 3:55 pm   Permalink

I'm planning on bringing a LARGE batch of kaluha pork, mac salad & rice for plate lunch on Saturday. I'll set it up on the patio of the Reef.
Aloha!




edit for spelling

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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-12-29 5:01 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-29 14:34, CaseyJPS wrote:


I really want to stress that you need to make a detour, or a stop, at The Parker. It is a finite interpretation of 60s and 70s decor. It is still "in progress" but is worth even a ten minute stop. Mr. Parker's bar and restaurant will open 12/31 and the lobby bar (retro 70s) is now open. The lobby lounge is very cool (with a circular fire pit/fireplace, and you'll think you're in Auntie Mame's house (during her avante garde period) when you enter the lobby.

If you need any more ideas, just ask (we live here).


Thanks, Casey---Is this the Parker you are speaking of?
Le Parker Meridien Palm Spring

Address: 4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Phone: 760-770-5000
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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2004-12-29 5:30 pm   Permalink

OK, I am booked for Friday and Saturday. This should be fun, but I guess it means that I won't be going to Purple Orchid.


 
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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2004-12-29 5:32 pm   Permalink

I'm in for Friday & Saturday, for all the reasons mentioned above. Yay for not driving around drunk people on NYE! This is going to be incredibly fun.

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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2004-12-30 5:13 pm   Permalink

OH MY GOD I AM SO EFFING EXCITED FOR THIS WEEKEND!

I just picked up a bunch of party hats & noisemakers, and some decoratin' stuff. Not sure what'll get decorated yet, but I'm armed & ready.

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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-12-30 5:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-30 17:13, Humuhumu wrote:
OH MY GOD I AM SO EFFING EXCITED FOR THIS WEEKEND!

I just picked up a bunch of party hats & noisemakers, and some decoratin' stuff. Not sure what'll get decorated yet, but I'm armed & ready.




I went to the janitorial supply store and got party hats, too!


 
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CaseyJPS
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Posted: 2004-12-30 5:54 pm   Permalink

Yes, that would be the Parker Palm Springs, MrSmiley.



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CaseyJPS
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Posted: 2004-12-30 5:56 pm   Permalink

THE MAIKAI GENTS will be performing on Friday and Saturday in The REEF (in an abbreviated format) !
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2004-12-30 6:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-30 17:56, CaseyJPS wrote:
THE MAIKAI GENTS will be performing on Friday and Saturday in The REEF (in an abbreviated format) !



The "Mysterious Mauna Loa " isn't able to perform so "Mr 'In-Your-Face' Smiley" will fill in instead.


 
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Posted: 2004-12-30 7:13 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-12-30 18:02, mrsmiley wrote:
Quote:

On 2004-12-30 17:56, CaseyJPS wrote:
THE MAIKAI GENTS will be performing on Friday and Saturday in The REEF (in an abbreviated format) !



The "Mysterious Mauna Loa " isn't able to perform so "Mr 'In-Your-Face' Smiley" will fill in instead.



If Mr. Smiley's in his grass skirt and coconut bra... I implore you all to KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE HANDS! See you all at The Reef. And, by the way, The Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa may need a break now and then, so get ready Mr. Smiley!

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