With Restaurant Week 2015 quickly approaching at the end of May, locals and visitors to the area have ample opportunities to take advantage of three-course menu samplers at a wide range of restaurants across the valley, priced at either $26 or $38.
Guillermo’s Restaurante in Palm Desert has been in business for 11 years, but is new to Restaurant Week, which runs May 29 through June 7. Owner Guillermo Avalos opted to offer his menu based on the belief that “90 percent of people who try food at Guillermo’s come back.”
He is betting that the offerings from the dinner menu such as Periquitos Rellenos De Cameron, one of the three-course appetizer selections, will have new diners hooked.
Periquitos Rellenos De Cameron is one of the Restaurant Week menu appetizer selections. This unique dish is prepared using yellow Caribbean chiles stuffed with shrimp or smoked tuna.
With main courses such as shrimp wrapped in bacon, fish of the day, Carnitas, or Filet Mignon, the three-course menu from Guillermo’s seems like a steal, priced at $26.
Carnitas Michoacanas is a highlighted main course during Restaurant Week. Crispy, yet tender pork is seasoned with a house-made Michoacan style blend and served with salsa, guacamole, and refried beans.
The style of food offered is described by Guillermo as “not just rice and beans. It is different than anywhere else in the valley because all the food is prepared fresh, using high quality ingredients and house-made sauces authentic to fine dining in central Mexico.”
Diners can also expect food prepared using no lard and a menu that is 90 percent gluten-free.
If you are looking to expand your Mexican dining repertoire, then the main course dish option of Camaron Al Cuervo might be just the thing. This visually intriguing dish is made with tequila-marinated, butterfly shrimp that are wrapped in bacon and served with a Garlic Mojo Sauce.
While you are getting your “Mojo Sauce” on, you can select from more than 300 tequilas at the bar. All margaritas are made with fresh lime juice and do not contain a pre-made mix.
Finish your three-course meal off with a dessert traditional to Mexico, such as homemade Mexican Flan or Tres Leches Cake. Listen to the namesake of Guillermo’s Restaurante and enjoy Mexican cuisine where, “people dine, not just eat.”
Head to El Paseo in Palm Desert and add Guillermo’s Restaurante to your Restaurant Week “Tour de Forks.”
Guillermo's Restaurante, 72850 El Paseo, Palm Desert, 760-341-0980; www.guillermosrestaurante.com
Lori Cohen-Sanford is a private/personal chef, cooking class instructor and owner of Nourishfoods Organic Meal Services www.nourishfoods.biz. Her food column, Tastes Around Town, will appear weekly on Wednesdays. Have a story idea? You can contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @nourishfoodsps.