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“Mediocre Food”
Review of Carlee's Place

Carlee's Place
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed June 22, 2010

Let's start by saying that there are very few choices for eating out in Borrego Springs (especially in June when everything is closed). This is a bar--they serve food! The atmosphere was great for a bar--and our service was pretty good. I would say stick to burgers and sandwiches to be safe. The ribs were not that great and I read that the pizza was horrible. They served gazpacho and it wasn't super---it definitely had some "suspect" mini shrimp in there--but alas we did not get sick! Maybe we are just too spoiled with all the superb food in San Diego! The french corner was closed when we visited and the Arches were also under a 2 week renovation for that hotel too. If burgers is what you are looking for Carlee's Place will do for sure!

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Reviewed April 19, 2010

Due to the fact that most of the restaurants are closed in the low season (summer) we decided not to eat at Carmelita's Mexican Grill for a 3rd night in a row & instead tried the pizza (takeout) from Carlee's. It was the worst pizza we've ever eaten. Being that we grew up in NYC & near Chicago, respectively, we DO have high standards for pizza, but the frozen pizza sold at Trader Joe's is light years better.

The pizza from Carlee's was GREASY, had a thick crust that tasted like cardboard, tomato sauce tasted straight out the can. Truly awful. We threw it out. It cost about $20.

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Reviewed April 8, 2010

We spent 5 days in Borrego Springs, we didn't want to get dressed up and Carlee's fit right in with how and when and what we wanted to eat. We ate here 3 times my wife and I had something different each meal and everything we had was really good. Is Carlee's Spago, No. Is it a casual place where the locals go, sure is. Huge menu, something for everyone, from sandwiches and pizza to steak and pasta. A must try are their homemade potato chips. Also Tony the bar tender pours a mean shot of Knob Creek,. The wait staff were all very pleasant. Make a reservation if the town has a lot of people in it.

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Reviewed March 31, 2010

We had dinner at Carlee's Place on a Monday night, arrived at 7pm, were lucky to get a booth and watch as the restaurant filled up fast. Food was good solid tavern fare - great gazpacho (with shrimp and clams yet); friendly service. If they get busy, you just have to go with the flow; it's a popular spot and they'll get to you as soon as they can. In the meantime, grab a seat at the bar, chill out, and enjoy.

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Reviewed August 24, 2009

Ever since we discovered this place - probably 15 years ago or so - over a three or four day trip to Borrego Springs we typically eat here once a day. The food is good, the staff is helpful, friendly and often funny, locals hang out here (always a good sign for a casual place), and you feel at home. We have taken sophisticated city slickers, elderly relatives, etc., and everyone likes the place and the food. No small feat.

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Thank Jane H
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