Sherman’s Deli, Palm Springs
While I love vacationing in Palm Springs for its dry heat, save for a few exceptions, I generally find the food a bit lacklustre. A tried and true staple when I escape to Palm Springs to dodge the inevitable months of rain in Vancouver is Sherman’s Deli which is busy pretty much all day long. I like to sit outside with their cooling misters going. Palm Springs is a playground for retirees and snowbirds which is reflected in Sherman’s old school, no surprises menu which offers traditional breakfasts, a smorgasbord of sandwiches, as well as homey dinner options like Mom’s Meatloaf and Herb Roasted Chicken. Their portions are generous – and some of my favourites include their Oasis Salad (Fresh Mixed Greens, Cabbage, Dates, Avocado, Feta Cheese, Almonds, Corn, Chicken, Tomato and Cornbread Croutons, tossed in a light Citrus Vinaigrette), their New York Style Pastrami sandwich which is so good it rivals those I’ve tried on the East Coast, and their Chicken Soup which I opt to have with their signature Matzo Ball which is as big as your fist and takes up almost the whole bowl. Their counter full of treats beckons after every meal and I recommend their cookies which I often take to go – their shortbreads centred with jams are lovely. While Sherman’s cuisine is not innovative, it has the feeling of mom’s home cooking – a welcome option while on the road.
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