4 1/2 Golden Spoons
Tyleriffic – Best Fast Causal Burgers
Tyler’s Burgers in Palm Springs has been a well-known haunt in Palm Springs for locals and visitors since 1996. I have no idea why I’ve waited so long to visit this place, by today was finally the day. A terrific outdoor setting in Palm Spring’s historic downtown Plaza shopping area, Tyler’s offers terrific fast-casual fare. We tried two of their burgers with an order of fries to share. The traditional Cheese Burger was moist, perfectly cooked and loaded with lettuce, pickles, and onions on a wonderfully soft bun. Yum.
Like the burger you expect at a great a family picnic. Fresh ingredients, a generous patty, and a simple presentation in a paper lined basket. The Turkey Burger had similar traits. Again, moist and delicious. What a value at $7.50 with full table service.
We were lucky enough to be seated in Michelle’s area. Greeted with a warm smile and lots of menu suggestions. Michelle was attentive, engaging, and spot-on to make sure our iced teas were bottomless. We also ordered a small order of fries. Crisp, nicely salted, and hot out-of-the kitchen. Delicious and only $3.50 for a portion that was so generous that we had enough to take home for an afternoon snack.
I honestly think that you can’t beat Tyler’s for a quick lunch that is a terrific alternative to flavorless fast-food and over-priced pretentious gourmet burger restaurants. And, again, ask for Michelle if you are looking for super service.
Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
5 Golden Spoons
A last-minute hotel booking turned into a culinary adventure. When we visit Chicago, we usually stay at the Waldorf, but this trip we decided to try something new and reserved a room at the Trump. After a day of travel, we arrived at the hotel in the early evening. We were tired and hadn’t made any dinner plans so we decided to stay in and dine at the hotel. There were basically two options for a meal; a snack type small bite menu in the bar or the hotel’s upscale dining experience, Sixteen.
After dropping our bags in our room, we took the elevator down to the sixteenth floor. Just steps after the doors closed, we were warmly greeted by a charming hostess, Sandy, who showed us menus for both restaurants. One option offered burgers, sandwiches, and diner fare while the other was an elaborate fine-dining tasting experience of what appeared to be a rather pretentious prix-fixe with dishes described in over-flowery detail. We opted for the prix-fixe. Sandy called over the Restaurant Manager of Sixteen, Jessica, who said she would check to see if she could find us a table and if the chef was prepared for additional guests. Hmm. I could see that Jessica took her position very seriously and that maybe, just maybe, we had stumbled into something spectacular.
Five Golden Spoons
I wish there were more than five stars to award to Spago! From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, the experience was outstanding. The hosts were warm and inviting, our waiter (Blaine) was sharp and knowledgeable, the manager and general manager watched over every service moment to assure it was perfect, and even our bread server (Robert) was engaging and experienced. The ambiance (we sat outdoors under the stars) was almost surreal, and the cuisine exceeded all expectations. Wow. One of the top ten experiences of my culinary adventures around the world. There was nothing to criticize and everything to praise!
Five Golden Spoons
Don’t let the theme-park like location fool you, this restaurant is serious cuisine for serious foodies. The atmosphere is elegant, yet lively, with art-deco inspired fixtures and furnishings complementing a spectacular view of the strip. The staff is warm and attentive, without being intrusive. And, the menu…an absolute delight. You can choose from Chef Joho’s exquisite seven course signature tasting menu or extensive a la carte selection.
Five Golden Spoons
Reviewed September 26, 2013
I had the pleasure of dining a Phillips just a couple of nights ago. Located on the harbor in the middle of the tourist area, I did not have great expectations. However, what a nice surprise! We were quickly seated by a congenial hostess in a booth in the hip warehouse style dining room near the open kitchen. The menu was extensive, filled with local specialties that our waiter, Aaron, was happy to explain in detail. Became difficult to make a choice as everything sounded wonderful. We started with the fresh shucked oysters on the half shell. Bright, clean, and absolutely delicious. Main courses followed. My husband had their famous crab cakes. Superb.
Hot Cool Surprise
Four Golden Spoons
I had looked at the menu on-line and actually wasn’t very impressed, but decided to go ahead give this restaurant a try. It’s just off the pool of the trendy Riviera Hotel. It was over 100 degrees outside the night we choose to visit, but the cool black and red interior with its massive matching chandeliers and hip furnishings made for a “chill” hip and luxurious vibe. We were seated in a plush high-back booth and were quickly greeted by our waiter, Lance. We started with martinis which Lance was kind enough to deliver with olives hand-stuffed to order with blue cheese.