How to win a seat at the best (and most booked-out) restaurant in Palm Springs

Critic Bill Addison takes in the scene from the bar at Bar Cecil, the hottest restaurant in Palm Springs
Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 18, 2023
My party of two peers around the manicured hedges at the north end of the Plaza Del Sol Shopping Center at exactly 4:30 p.m. It’s nearly dusk on a Sunday in late January. I’m not entirely sure what kind of early crowd I’ll find waiting to score...
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