Restaurant: Armando's (affectionately called 'Mando's' by the locals)
Location: 73260 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA 92260-4270
Drink Damage: Well Margarita $8 | Call Margarita $15.50
Interior Swag: Festive, unpretentious, and warm. Lots of little lights and random trinkets make the decor a piece for conversation when you've tired of discussing the strength of the margarita.
Service: Not a fan of seven different people servicing the table. The gentleman who took our order was friendly, generally attentive, and very apologetic when we had to remind him of our second drink order. It was slower than usual for a Saturday night, which may have explained an over-staffing of busboys eager to fill one's water glass after every sip.
Spirits: The margarita will floor you. Pretty sure these bartenders are not using jiggers and are pouring a double for each order. Those who ordered beers needed multiple rounds. The margarita drinkers could hardly get to the bottom of one.
Food: I broke my rule about not ordering fish further than 20 miles from an ocean, and went for the fish tacos. Delicious! Really large portions, so come hungry or bring someone who likes to split a plate.
Go-Back-Again-Ness: A must the next time we are in Palm Desert.