While checking out the slots at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa with friends who were staying at this fun and fab resort in Rancho Mirage, my pals Peter and Paul (Mary couldn’t make it), inquired about the Poker Deli. This pick-me-up eatery hugs the gaming floor, making it very convenient for a quick munch. Although I’d eaten there a few times when on the run between fun and business appointments, I hadn’t been there in a while.
We meandered over to check it out. Peter’s the traditionalist, so I knew he would have no problem finding his usual ham and Swiss on rye with mustard and a side of slaw, or just about any other classic sandwich. As the adventurous eater, Paul quickly started pondering menu choices that included paninis, pressed Cuban sandwiches, and, huh?…“Pho”? Yes, pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup dish that—according the menu sign—contains brisket, eye round steak, “tendon”, tripe, and beef and tendon meatballs is now being served daily at the deli. And at $10.75, it’s a gastronomic delight.
Deli manager Dino Pappas happenened to be nearby, so we chatted with him about how/what/when/where pho became a menu offering at a Palm Springs Valley casino. He explained that with more and more travelers who are interested in cuisines of the world—not to mention the multitude of Asian visitors to the communities of the Greater Palm Springs Oasis—adding Deli Chef Quan’s favorite dish was a no-brainer. Of course with that, Paul and I were sold. Pho for lunch it was. Poker Deli also offers Korean Oxtail Soup, which was a big hit at a nearby table, as well as delicious Vietnamese Iced Coffee. All these interesting items available in Rancho Mirage? I was impressed!
Our quick break from the slots rejuvenated us and got us revved up and ready to go back to the gaming floor. Now that appetites were sated, it was time to try out the poker tables! www.hotwatercasino.com