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Shields Date Gardens

80-225 US Highway 111, Indio, CA - (760) 347-0996
Posted By Carol Bayer on 4/20/2013 12:06:00 AM
Date shakes are fabulous. I would skip the cafe. Just go into the store, buy a date shake, see the excellent movie, and buy some things to take on the road. This is a real piece of Americana and educational to boot.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Very thick but not too rich, this sweet date shake surely hits the spot every time.
"Very thick but not too rich, this sweet date shake surely hits the spot every time."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Jumbo Medjools: the richest fruit on earth.
"Jumbo Medjools: the richest fruit on earth."
Michael Stern


You can’t leave Shields without buying a tub of dates and their superior pistachios.
"You can’t leave Shields without buying a tub of dates and their superior pistachios."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Though not as powerfully sweet as the date shake, just one scoop of date ice cream should be enough to satisfy most sweet tooths.
"Though not as powerfully sweet as the date shake, just one scoop of date ice cream should be enough to satisfy most sweet tooths."
Cliff Strutz


To the left is the counter, to the right are the booths.  In between are dates for sale as well as California desert souvenirs.
"To the left is the counter, to the right are the booths. In between are dates for sale as well as California desert souvenirs."
Michael Stern


What was surely a real head-turning advertisement back in the ’60s is now a curious sign that hides a rather dry mini-documentary on date propagation.
"What was surely a real head-turning advertisement back in the ’60s is now a curious sign that hides a rather dry mini-documentary on date propagation."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The motion picture advertised on Shields' exterior wall is shown in a small theater to the side of the showroom. It is hardly a sex film. It's more like a mid-1950s science movie crossed with a travelogue.
"The motion picture advertised on Shields' exterior wall is shown in a small theater to the side of the showroom. It is hardly a sex film. It's more like a mid-1950s science movie crossed with a travelogue."
Michael Stern


This huge streetside knight puts the Shields metaphor over the top.
"This huge streetside knight puts the Shields metaphor over the top."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Arabian exotica in a suit of Medieval armor:  what traveler could resist this huge sign?
"Arabian exotica in a suit of Medieval armor: what traveler could resist this huge sign?"
Michael Stern


Once you finish your date shake and the movie, make sure you walk out back to check out the lovely scenery, which looks straight out of Lawrence of Arabia!
"Once you finish your date shake and the movie, make sure you walk out back to check out the lovely scenery, which looks straight out of Lawrence of Arabia!"
Cliff Strutz



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