Grilled organic brisket burger with melted brie – The Tropicale

Grilled organic brisket burger with melted brie - The Tropicale
Truffle mayonnaise, red onion marmalade, pretzel roll, onion rings. $20
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

This burger was gigantic!!! Seriously, it was very large and I couldn’t imagine eating the entire thing. But surprisingly, it was very unfulfilling. It just didn’t come together for me.

Vietnamese pho soup with shrimp and pork tenderloin – The Tropicale

Vietnamese pho soup with shrimp and pork tenderloin - The Tropicale
Rice noodles, bean sprouts, scallions, cilantro and lime. $15
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

This “pho” tasted fine, but it lacked authentic Vietnamese flavor. It felt and tasted very Americanized so it didn’t quite hit the spot.

Focaccia - The Tropicale
Focaccia bread. Complimentary

Wild mushroom and gorgonzola pizza – The Tropicale

Wild mushroom and gorgonzola pizza - The Tropicale
Roasted garlic, diced tomatoes and fresh thyme. $13
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

The flavor combinations in this pizza were to die for! The wild mushrooms were earthy and the gorgonzola was sharp and pungent. The roasted tomatoes and garlic were delicious and the crust was pretty good too. I generally prefer a thinner, more airy crust but this thicker crust was needed to handle all those great toppings.

Korean bbq skirt steak salad – The Tropicale

Korean bbq skirt steak salad - The Tropicale
With peanut ginger vinaigrette, napa cabbage, bean sprouts, taro root chips, carrots and scallions. $21
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

The flavors in this dish were great, but the skirt steak was overcooked and super charred. It’s not fun eating a stick of black ash. 😦

Ginger martini – The Tropicale

Ginger martini - The Tropicale
Muddled pineapple, Skyy ginger vodka, orange juice, grapefruit, lime and soda. $12
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

Omg, our waitress was a bit wild and crazy, but very entertaining! She was definitely working hard for her tip which I can appreciate. This cocktail was more mellow than I expected (a good thing) and very refreshing. Mmm…

Crispy calamari – The Tropicale

Crispy calamari - The Tropicale
With spicy Asian red chili sauce. $9
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

Yuck, this was gross! The calamari was super dry, overcooked, rubbery, tough to chew, and lacked flavor. It definitely tasted like poor quality frozen calamari that was abused by the fry cook. And the chili sauce was really an Asian-inspired salsa, just sayin’.

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, Fouquieriaceae)

Ocotillo, desert coral, vine cactus, etc. (Fouquieria splendens, Fouquieriaceae) in the yard. Can’t wait to catch it blooming.