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Taco Bell is Opening a Hotel in Palm Springs This Summer

It’s certain to be a limited, but colorful, run

by Farley Elliott  May 16, 2019, 12:20pm PDT

Settings inside the Taco Bell Hotel/ Taco Bell

Settings inside the Taco Bell Hotel/ Taco Bell

This is not a drill: Taco Bell is opening an entire hotel in Palm Springs. That’s right, everyone’s favorite Southern California born-and-bred late night munchies spot, founded on a possibly stolen recipe, is adding to its hospitality offerings with a standalone hotel out in the desert. The Irvine-based company already owns a wedding venue in Las Vegas

Taco Bell made the surprise hotel announcement just this morning, showing off some key details for the property along the way. Not only will there be all the usual amenities found on property, from a restaurant to a pool, a gift shop, and hair salon, but each will will be branded heavily with the company’s signature style, fonts, and colors. In short: It’s the single best way to actually live más, and it starts up this summer.

Reps for the restaurant are quick to note that, while the resort hotel is only open for a limited time starting on August 9, their plans for the property are “very valid and very legitimate,” per Business Insider. Word is that the run will only last a few days, and that reservations will become available next month on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As for the actual hotel property’s address, the number of rooms, price, and other key details, those things remain to be seen. But who cares?! It’s a Taco Bell hotel, folks. And, really, it can’t be any more stunty than all those endlessly derivative Instagram food installations that keep popping up in Los Angeles.

Dining Around the Desert: Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco

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THROUGH THE LENS OF
GLOBALLY INSPIRED CHEFS

Commons Club offers an elevated menu with a fresh, modern take on California cuisine. Bringing culinary delight to the downtown San Francisco restaurant landscape by combining unexpected ingredients with bold flavors and technique, Commons Club infuses a relaxed, yet elegant experience.

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Michael, Adam, Jeanne and I started out with the Parker House Rolls, which were buttery, flakey and I could have eaten about a dozen of them, along with the Crudite which had a buttermilk, almond, dill sauce. Michael had an excellent Old Fashioned, and I had one of the house crafted cocktails named Tangerine Dream made with Absolut elyx, Aperol, tangerine juice, peppermint ginger, served up. Very tasty.

For our main dishes, we had Sonoma Duck ruby beet, broccoli rabe, guajillo, Schmitz Ranch N.Y. Strip potato puree, red wine, spring onion, Halibut English pea, black trumpet mushroom, miso, and Tortelloni wild mushroom, swiss chard. Everything was prepared beautifully, the service was top-notch, and it was a fun atmosphere.

Due to the fact that they have a DJ playing house music at the entrance, which spills over into the dining room, it’s not the place for quiet conversation. Aside from our group of four, that didn’t seem to be an issue with everyone else who was there as it was more of a club vibe.

They also have a rooftop bar and on our way out, we went up to see it. Packed at that time of night, but I would imagine earlier in the evening for cocktails, it would be nice.

Read more about Virgin Hotels here

Everyone Rooftop Bar

Everyone Rooftop Bar


Ground Floor at Virgin Hotels
250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

DAYTIME MENU

DINNER MENU

BOOK A TABLE

Daytime Menu: 7am-10:30am
Daytime Menu: 11:30am-2pm
Bar Menu: 2pm-10pm
Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10:30pm

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Dining Around the Desert: Angler in San Francisco

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This past weekend Michael and I were fortunate enough to enjoy a couple of days in San Francisco, a city near and dear to my heart as I used to live there and loved it. And since it’s only an hour flight, it’s a nice, quick get-away from the desert.

The current restaurant scene has exploded. It’s always been great, but as my friend, Adam and his wife Jeanne who joined us at Commons Club, said, “It’s like the old days”! He’s in the restaurant and hotel consulting business and knows what he’s talking about.

On Friday we enjoyed one of the hottest new places, Angler. Angler is a sea-life focused restaurant with views of the expansive wood-burning hearth as well of the San Francisco Bay from Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality located on the Embarcadero waterfront. The service was flawless, the food perfection, the ambiance warm and inviting, and the location can’t be beat. In fact, it’s right next door to Boulevard, which is a long-time favorite in the City.

Beautiful Potato

Beautiful Potato

We enjoyed oysters that were out of this world, and a whole chicken with a potato side that was heavenly. I know. It’s a seafood restaurant, but the menu is small and the chicken was calling our names.

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Read more about Angler here

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

LUNCH
Thursday to Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

DINNER
Sunday to Thursday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

415.872.9442

Make a Reservation

Dining Around the Desert: Kitchen 86 + Bar

We are very excited to announce the Opening of the long awaited Kitchen 86 on El Paseo. They are a Modern Eclectic Small Plate Restaurant in the old Wolfgang Puck space.

Locally owned & locally grown - Kitchen 86 is a fantastic, welcoming spot to gather and enjoy an eclectic menu of modern, curated small plate continental cuisine. Using local, organic ingredients, offerings include a tableside cheese wheel pasta, house-made curry, ramens, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of entree selections and shareable small plates.

Kitchen 86 is open daily for lunch and stays open for late night guests with an impressive, rotating list of specials and a happy hour. Creative cocktails, craft beer and extensive wine list paired with the ambient dining area and lively bar makes this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the best of what El Paseo has to offer.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy the experience several times now in the past couple of weeks that they’ve been open.

The first time, I had the Beet Salad and the Cheese Wheel Pasta, both were excellent! The Spanish blend red wine was also very good.

This past week, our party of 5 enjoyed the Boom Boom Shrimp, Kitchen 86 flatbread, and Crispy Calamari to start. We then had Scampi, the Chicken, and the house Curry.

We enjoyed a variety of libations including a perfectly made Old Fashioned, a nice selection of Red wine, and a couple of really interesting vodka coffee drinks.

Following dinner we all shared some Cannoli which were light and crisp and the perfect finish.

The service was good, the food was excellent, the drinks well made, and the company was delightful! We will be back.

To read more or make reservations, click here…