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Thursday, September 12, 2019


GUEST BLOG / By Holden DeMayo, online magazine’s restaurant writer--It’s a thirsty drive along Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (Interstate 10) through California’s Coachella Valley no matter what month, day or time it happens to be.

Fortunately, there’s Macario’s Grill just off the freeway.  This cantina/roadhouse is an oasis serving huge margaritas, cold cerveza’s and other refreshments.  As for food, so far, this desert roadrunner hasn’t found another Mexican style restaurant that’s better.

What makes Marcario’s special is they pay attention to detail.  The kitchen serves creative Mexican cuisine that pleases palates from both sides of the border.  Just one menu example is the carne asado.  This big dish—a full-sized rib-eye--is served sizzling to the table and topped with grilled onions and just enough garlic.
Seafood portions are also generous. I like restaurants that say jumbo and mean it.

Margaritas taste better in the hotter climes and it this cantina you can order a small bucket’s worth.

The menu, inspired by the traditional Mexican foods of celebration, focuses on authentic Mexican regional cuisine. The seafood featured includes grilled giant shrimp and several daily fresh fish selections. Also featured are grilled meats and fowl, classic traditional Mexican favorites, house-made tortillas and tamales, fresh salsas and guacamole, and many other regional dishes such as menudo not typically seen on this side of the border.

The décor is what you might expect from a roadside restaurant but who eats décor.   Macario’s is a treat.  It’s lively and delicious.  There is live music—usually a solo guitarist—who easily sizes up a crowd: softer sounds on Sundays and La Bamba-esque at Happy Hours.

Yes, there are dozens of Mexican American restaurants in California’s vast system of deserts, but there’s only one Macario’s.

Off of Interstate 10 between Indio and La Quinta take the Jefferson Street Exit West.  Follow Jefferson until you reach the intersection with Indio Boulevard.  Go straight through the traffic light on to Indio Boulevard and Marcario’s will be on the right.  Plenty of room for trucker parking, too.

Macario’s Grill 80783 Indio Blvd, 760-342-5649 St, Indio, CA

Thirsty no more

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