Craving Mexican?

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If you like it hot and spicy or frosty with salt around the rim, you’re in luck. The desert offers some of the finest Mexican restaurants this side of the border. Feed your desire at any of the following excellent eateries.

Las Casuelas Terraza
Located in the heart of downtown in a remodeled 1924 Palm Springs casa, this Mexican restaurant pulses with live music, great food, stellar drinks (a tequila lover’s dream), and a perpetual party atmosphere. Try one of the tamales made from a 100-year-old Delgado family recipe and be amazed. 222 S. Palm Canyon Dr. 1-760-325-2794;

El Gallito
Small but mighty, El Gallito reigns in the Midvalley among seekers of authentic homemade Mexican food. Located on a side street off Highway 111 in Cathedral City, this place is a culinary getaway. Walk through the doors and pretend you’re in the heart of Mexico. While you’re there, try the Steak Ranchero or Nachos Especial. 8820 Grove St. 1-760-328-7794;

Maracas Cantina Mexican Cantina and Grill in Rancho Mirage  serves memorable Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients and great flavor. It’s the perfect place to relax with family and friends indoor or outdoors on the patio. Leave room for one of Maracas’ homemade
desserts. 72775 Dinah Shore Dr. 1-760-321-1001;

Armando’s Bar & Grill
For aficionados of Mexican fare, Armando’s Bar & Grill on El Paseo in Palm Desert is a must, especially for its famous Cadillac margaritas. The inside is filled with large murals painted on the walls and a large comfortable bar. The outdoor dining area allows customers to enjoy meals while watching the many shoppers on this popular street. Large portions and a very helpful staff make this restaurant one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the area. Seafood specialties are very popular, and the restaurant features all the Mexican entrées that are familiar to diners. 73260 El Paseo. 1-760-346-0744

El Mexicali Restaurant
If you want the real thing, go where the locals go. El Mexicali Restaurant is understated (think hole in the wall with great food!) and very casual (some regulars say it’s like being at home). A friendly staff and delicious dishes make this one of Indio’s delectable hidden treasures. Hint: Start off with the chile guerritos. 82720 Indio Blvd., Indio. 1-760-347-1280

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