King’s Highway (Palm Springs)

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King’s Highway, the restaurant in the same building as the Ace Hotel lobby/check-in area, is what I pictured a diner in the 70s to look like, maybe a bit hipper. Likewise, the food is a hipper version of 70s diner food.

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Upon sitting down, an interestingly dressed older woman with fantastic glasses plopped down a small jar of pickles.  She quickly gave me a look and muttered, “Here are the pickles, that’s all you’re getting, it comes with your dinner” or something to that effect.  I noticed she said the same thing to other people who sat down after us.

The pickles were intensely sour with an over-whelming taste of vinegar and a nice piquant bite to it. What I thought were slices of ginger turned out to be thin slices of potato.  I’ve never had pickled potatoes before, but these made me a fan.

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The menu doesn’t have many vegan options — I think the BF ordered about everything there was that he could eat.  We started with the couscous salad with meyer lemon dressing.  The dressing didn’t really taste like meyer lemon but actually reminded me of some sort of bottled Italian dressing.  The pistachios in the salad were probably the best thing about this salad.

Next came the white bean dip with pita chips. The dip was decent, had a hint of spice, and the chips were crispy.  It wasn’t exciting or fantastic, but solid.

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I had the stinky grilled cheese sandwich with bacon (extra) which was pretty much what I expected. The stinky cheese wasn’t terribly stinky, unfortunately. It was better than plain ol’ American cheddar cheese, but certainly not anything to write home about.  I did appreciate the basil in the sandwich, which gave it another dimension.  The bread part was greasier than I’d like, but that could have been solved if it had cooked longer on the pan and got more crispy. As it was, one side was already soft and soggy by the time I took a bite.

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There was some confusion with the waitress about the vegan-ness of the vegetable pot pie.  She claimed it was vegan and I thought it was too good to be true that a place like King’s Highway would have vegan pot pie.  Even after we asked her twice before ordering, it turned out that there’s butter in the crust and it’s not vegan after-all.  In the end, the BF got the vegetarian chili sans corn bread.  It was unexciting and had mushy, overdone vegetables, but at least the waitress was nice enough to comp it because of the mix-up.

We weren’t expecting anything too fantastic from a hotel restaurant and our expectations were met.  As a whole, we didn’t have our hopes too high for good food in Palm Springs, which was good.  The food at King’s Highway was decent — for a hotel kitchen. I stayed away from ordering anything from the “dinner only” section of the menu because the dishes were so expensive there and I wasn’t sure if the place was up to snuff.  A wise choice.

King’s Highway @ ACE Hotel
701 East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 325-9900

Watched on Netflix: Natural City

maquettenaturalcity_affiche1Do you like:

  • derivative futuristic science fiction?
  • cyborgs with expiration dates?
  • naughty AI that can’t be controlled?
  • gratuitous blood?
  • gratuitous use of slow motion?
  • lots of impossible fights involving lots of acrobatics?
  • recycled scenes from previous sci fi movies?
  • a poorly hashed romance?
  • a re-kindled bromance?
  • a Korean copy of Blade Runner?

If you’ve answered yes to all of these, then watch Natural City.

An Un-spoilered Review: Moon (2009)


Moon was released in a handful of theaters in LA last weekend. From the trailers, I thought it would be like Solaris. Now that I’ve seen it, I can say it’s very different. I like it more then Solaris.

I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, but Sam Rockwell did a really good job.

Watch Moon if:

  • You like science fiction.
  • You like old-school science fiction — movies about the human condition, ethics, etc. instead of laser beams and space chases.
  • You like Clint Mansell’s scores. He did The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream.
  • You like Kevin Spacey.
  • You need a break from explosion-filled summer Hollywood blockbusters.
  • It’s playing near you.