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Tony's Burgers: Delightfully Creative!

By Denise Ortuno Neil                                                                   2916 tonys logo1

With an amazing selection of burgers to choose from, Tony’s Burgers in Cathedral City will no doubt fulfill your burger fantasies with creative creations, balanced with the freshest of ingredients.

Tony’s Burgers is nestled in kind of a funky spot. Located in the Mission Plaza off of Date Palm and Gerald Ford, the casual, family fashioned eatery sits comfortably surrounded by an eclectic group of restaurant neighbors including, Mexican, Thai, and even Indian. It’s a little restaurant haven of sorts.

Opened in 2014 by Tony Cuevas, Tony’s Burgers has gained popularity as a local go to burger joint, even being featured on the Food Networks website, listed as one of the 52 Top Burgers from Coast to Coast ( they rank #45). It’s an impressive feat for a relatively newer restaurant, but once you bite into one of their inventions, the reasoning becomes easy to grasp.

The menu at Tony’s Burgers is extensive, and unless you have been there before, or do some online homework, it might take a minute or two to get through it in order to make your selection. Although the focus at Tony’s is their burgers, the menu puts forth other items to either enhance your burger, or perhaps give you pause to go in a completely different direction. But, make no mistake, “Burger” is the word at Tony’s.

As indicated on their website, Tony’s Burgers blends Mexican and American styles to their recipes, which is reflected on their menu. The great thing about their menu is that the categories (Appetizers, Fries, Salads, etc.) have many choices for their customers to consider. Their Fries selection for instance (offered in full or half orders), makes making a selection slightly difficult because they all sound so scrumptious. Fries such as Cajun, Parmesan, Truffle and even their full order only Avocado Fries (I’m so trying them next time), can make turning the menu page a challenge. Don’t even get me started on the dipping sauces. The danger however is that if you ordered all of the Fries that you wanted, how in the jalapeno would you have room to finish your burger? The only solution is to go there with a large group of people or visit many times, both of which are reasonable options.

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Now let’s get down to burger business. As mentioned, Tony’s has an almost freakish amount of burgers to choose from. Choices include, 32 featured 6oz Black Angus Chuck Hamburgers, Mini Burgers (a.k.a sliders), Exotic Burgers, and Chicken Burgers. On my excursion to Tony’s, there were many burgers on the menu that caught my eye, such as the Popeye Ye Ye: Powerful Burger (crispy bacon, sautéed spinach, cheddar and creamy blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle with blue cheese mayo on grilled rye bread), the Love Hater: A Garlic Delight (roasted garlic, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, Boursin Cheese lettuce, tomato, pickles and garlic aioli on a sour dough bun) and the El Jefe: Jalapeno Burger (jalapeno peppers, grilled onions, ghost pepper, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, chipotle mayo on a jalapeno-cheese bun). To help out in the burger choosing odyssey, you can just look for the Angus Head, which indicates their most popular burgers.

But then I discovered the section with the Mini Burgers, and I was done. The minis are just 3oz, perfect if you don’t want to commit to its 6oz big brother. I went with the Mini Chili, since I wanted to try out their chili anyway. My boyfriend went classic and ordered the Tony’s Classic Cheeseburger with your choice of cheese. To accompany our burgers, we ordered a half order of their Homemade Fresh Cut Fries with a side of Garlic Aioli. 

Our burgers came out with no extended wait, with a large steak knife stabbed through the middle of the burgers. The knife, which seems to be a trend in many table service burger restaurants these days, provides easy cutting of the burgers. Because stuffing the whole thing in your mouth can not only be a daunting task, but also lacks an attractive quality. My Mini Burger was adorable, and dripping with Tony’s zesty chili, it was the perfect size for me. The Classic Cheeseburger that my boyfriend chose, needed to be cut in half it was so big. But despite its size, he buckled down and finished the whole juicy thing.

If perhaps you want to venture out of burger land, Tony’s will accommodate you with other items including Fish & Chips, Macho Nachos, Hot Dogs ( got to try their Chicago Dog) and even a Blue Plate Special, among other dishes. Tony’s also serves up breakfast until 11am, where you can indulge in a Chorizo and Egg Burrito, Huevos Rancheros, Pancakes and more.

Tony’s Burgers is a burger fantasy island, bringing imagination and freshness to every one of their creations.

Tony’s Burgers is opened from daily from 9am, and is located at 35903 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, 92234

Visit www.tonysburgers.com                                      

Affordable Seafood at Fisherman's Happy Hour

By Denise Ortuno Neil                                                           rsz fishermans

If you’re looking to satisfy that inner craving for fresh seafood, but don’t want to spend a bunch of money, than Happy Hour at Fisherman’s Market & Grill in La Quinta is the way to go.

There is no doubt that going out for seafood can be a bit expensive. I mean, you don’t have to go out, you can always try your hand and make it at home, but even buying seafood at the store can be pricey as well. So what’s a seafood lover to do? Well, you can try mixing it up a bit and going the Happy Hour route at one of the Coachella Valley’s best seafood restaurants, Fisherman’s Market & Grill in La Quinta.

The Fisherman’s enterprise has been going strong for over 17 years, and has restaurants from Banning to La Quinta. All the locations put out fresh seafood recipes, everything from fish dinners, to their famous Fish Tacos and much more. Their La Quinta location serves as a seafood market, where customers can purchase seafood from the case to take home and prepare themselves, as well as a dine in restaurant and bar. The bar part is where Happy Hour is offered.

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I personally love their Happy Hour, and have been enjoying it there for many years. It is seriously one of the best deals in town. The menu has a series of items available, at a price tag of $5.95 each. Yep…$5.95. You can order up favorites such as perfectly battered Fried Calamari, Sautéed Shrimp, Ceviche, Poke, Tuna Sashimi, Galley Burger, Fish Sliders (Mahi or Cod), and of course, their awesome Fish Tacos. My boyfriend and I are creatures of habit, and order our own favorites time and time again. We are huge fans of the Fried Calamari, which is very tender with ultra-light batter, and always comes out with a lovely golden hue. Match it up with one of their many homemade dressings/dipping sauces (Cocktail, Thousand Island, Tartar Sauce, and others) and its happy mouth time. rsz imag1557

Another must have for us is their Fish Tacos which come two to an order. We prefer the healthier Grilled Cajun Mahi, opposed to the Fried Cod, but they are both fantastic. Topped with crunchy cabbage and their delightful white sauce, it’s just yummy! But before we order any of the above, we kick off our visit with two orders of Oyster Shooters. The delicious mollusk shooter comes three to an order for only, you guessed it…$5.95. To make it a shooter with oomph, add vodka or tequila for an extra $3. The shooters are phenomenal either way, and if you’re feeling a little squeamish about raw oysters, I implore you to give them a try…it’s like ocean candy.

Happy Hour would not be complete without some attractive drink discounts, which Fisherman’s does not skimp on. Guest can imbibe frugally with $3 off all beer and wine, and $4 well drinks. Such a deal!

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With food and drinks, our bill hovers around $50 or so for the two of us, an amazing amount for high quality seafood. As mentioned, Happy Hour at Fisherman’s Market & Grill La Quinta is offered only in the bar area, which includes bar seating and the surrounding high top tables. Their Happy Hour is served daily (yes, weekends too) from 4pm to 6pm, with an added late night Happy Hour from 8pm to 9pm, served Monday thru Thursday.

A fresh seafood meal doesn’t have to be over the top expensive. At Fisherman’s Market & Grill La Quinta, you can savor seafood at affordable prices, without emptying your wallet.

Fisherman’s Market La Quinta is located at 78-575 Hwy 111 #100, La Quinta 92253

For more information visit www.fishermans.com

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