Tuesday, May 01, 2012
FRANKLIN AVENUE IN PALM SPRINGS: Rate-A-Restaurant #270, El Mirasol
Restaurant: El Mirasol
Location: 140 E Palm Canyon Dr. (Palm Springs)
Type of restaurant: Mexican
We stipulated: Before heading to Palm Springs, I asked Eating L.A.'s Pat for restaurant recommendations. El Mirasol was on her list, and Mexican sounded just right one evening.
They stipulated: El Mirasol has its own hot sauce, "El Mirasol Doña Diabla Sauce," on the table.
What we ordered: Mike: Pollo en Mole Poblano ($14); Maria: Pork Chile Verde (Trimmed pork meat cut into small chunks and cooked with green chiles and tomatillos; $12.50); Kids plates (not on the menu)
High point: There's a nice spice to the mole, and the standard chips and salsa come with a really nice crunch.
Low point: The beans and cheese are your standard refried slop -- there isn't a black beans option. Also, no drink menu -- which means no specialty margaritas, or anything special.
Overall impression: The mole wasn't quite as good as our own La Cabanita, but it held its own, and I enjoyed the spice. Very kid-friendly as well.
Chance we'll go back: I'd be curious to try another Mexican joint the next time we're in town, but I'd be perfectly happy if we ended up back at El Mirasol as well.