Best restaurants in Indio

With so many recreational pursuits available, Indio visitors are sure to work up an appetite

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Tamales are among the most famous Indio foods. — Lori Martin photo/

Planning an excursion to Indio should definitely include a tour of the fabulous restaurants that are available in town and the surrounding area. Here are a few of the top dining establishments you’ll want to visit.

The Café at Shields Date Garden

Anyone visiting Indio will likely hear about the famous date gardens in town. Shields Date Garden is one such place that you can tour, and there is a lovely café there serving breakfast and lunch between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Jackalope Ranch

Jackalope Ranch has made a name for itself at Indio’s annual tamale festival, winning awards in both 2010 and 2011. In addition to tamales, this restaurant also has a great reputation for its quesadillas, barbecue cuisine and, of course, happy hour.

El Mexicali Restaurant

With its casual atmosphere and hospitable service, El Mexicali Restaurant is a family-run  diner with some of the best food in town. Get a taste for the authentic mexi-cali cuisine that Indio is renowned for. For more information, call 760-347-1280.

Joy Asian Cuisine

For a flavourful experience in East Asian food, Joy Asian Cuisine will hit the spot. You can enjoy dim sum, wok-fried noodles and a variety of other Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and modern Chinese dishes.

Mario’s Italian Café

For premium pasta and other Italian dishes with flair, Mario’s Italian Café has what it takes to impress diners of all ages. With pizzas, calzones and other comfort foods at a reasonable price, this is a popular place to visit.

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