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Wally's Desert Turtle Restaurant Review: Wally Botello, founder of the Velvet Turtle chain, opened the doors to this now-landmark restaurant in 1978. Today, his son Michael has taken over the reins, with chef Richard Pelz behind the kitchen door. The menu has old-school charm, offering classics such as escargots and oysters on the half shell, along with sautéed Dover sole and a half-dozen soufflés. The wine list resonates with the longstanding coifed and manicured crowd, who remain loyal patrons. The lunch menu, served Fridays only, is also a bit on the formal side, with items like calf liver and onions. Starters are somewhat lighter and include smoked salmon and wild mushroom soup. Cobb salad is a lovely mix of greens and doesn't stray much from the original Brown Derby recipe.