Jake's, Palm Springs. Horseradish Assault.
So it kinda reminds me of fish. Like sushi fish. Or maybe some other fish. But in a good way. And maybe this sounds strange coming from a decade long vegetarian, but let me explain. Now I've been drinking a lot of bloody marys lately. In the name of research, of course. And I've noticed a trend that at first rather pleased me but has now just gotten old. That trend is horseradish. And like I say, I'm a fan. I enjoy a nice spicy bloody mary and one way to achieve that is by adding horseradish. Maybe even a shit ton of horseradish. But I'm starting to think that the overuse of horseradish is really just a cover for an otherwise lackluster bloody mary. And with that in mind, I stepped into Jake's Palm Springs last Saturday. To be fair, the bloody mary was good. If the previous five or so establishments that I visited hadn't served such horseradish heavy bloodys, my reaction may have been different. And, if I was a horseradish fanatic, this would have been five stars. But that just wasn't the case. The bloody mary had one note. Horseradish. Good horseradish, fresh horseradish. But horseradish. I couldn't taste a damn thing else. Now this is where the fish comes in. The entire time I was sipping my bloody mary, I couldn't get the idea out of my head. Fish, sushi, fish, sushi. Sushi, fish, sushi, fish. Until it hit me. This thing tastes like a 16 ounce glass of watered down wasabi. Like, tingling your nose hairs wasabi. And I just couldn't finish it. So although it was good, my joy was brief and mostly relegated to the initial horseradish assault on my nasal passages. Now just as a side note, I had ordered the Spicy Bloody Mary (a steal at five bucks, I might add), but for all you fanatics, they also have a Horseradish Bloody Mary made with Jake's own horseradish infused vodka. Probably not for the faint of heart. In the end, I give itCelery Stalks and a promise to return for the Horseradish Bloody. Next time I'll be prepared.
Jake's 664 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262-5557. P: (760) 327-4400.