In Indio, California

A few miles southeast of Palms Springs in the desert off I-10 lies the town of Indio. We usually stop there when travelling between L.A. and Tucson. There’s a nice thrift store there, but perhaps more importantly, a wonderful restaurant called El Mexicali. It’s on an unlikely street that runs parallel to some heavily used railroad tracks. The restaurant is right by the tracks, perhaps 25 feet away. When a train passes, it shakes the whole damn restaurant. All of the food at El Mexicali is great, but of special note are the chiles güeritos, yellow chiles stuffed with shrimp. They’re served with slices of lemon, mayonnaise, and soy sauce. Squeeze some lemon on ’em, shake a little soy sauce, then dip in the mayo for a real treat! An unlikely but wondrous combination.

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THE TOWN:

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THE STUFF:

– posted via phone while traveling east on I-10 between Quartzsite and Tonopah, Arizona.

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