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Jillian from Los Angeles asked

Best places to eat in Palm Springs?

I'm going to Palm Springs with two girlfriends, staying at Korakia Pension for Labor Day weekend. What are the best places to eat in Palm Springs? Would love healthy options-- and a few guilty, yummy ones too. :) Open to all budget levels and cuisines.

Palm Springs (California)

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answered by
Stephanie from Venice Beach

A girls trip wouldn't be complete with out a brunch at Norma'sat the Le Parker Meridien Palm Springs!  After brunch, you should hit up the lemonade stand for a cocktail, play a game of bocce and and explore the beautiful property grounds.

The menu at the Purple Palm Restaurant at Colony Palms Hotel is also amazing. They just got a new chef last month too! Some of my favorites for include: the grilled cesar salad, the Palms bloody mary for brunch, the Ravioli of Butternut Squash for dinner and Basil Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert!

For a casual spot, with a great outdoor patio, we love El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana.  There are a couple, but the one on 266 E Vía Altamira is the best.  they have yummy shrimp dishes and their marg's a huge!  

Have fun!!!

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Thanks Steph!! WIll definitely be taking your advice! XOXO

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answered by
Gary from San Diego

You're in luck because Palm Springs is exploding with great new spots to eat and drink right now. My current top picks are:

  1. Appetito next door to the Ace Hotel. It's new Italian, casual but hip and pretty much everything on the menu is amazing.
  2. Farm, a quiet little hidden spot just off Palm Canyon in the Plaza is wonderful. It serves breakfast and lunch in traditional French bistro style.
  3. L'Atelier Cafe is another little French spot for breakfast and brunch. It's run by a friendly young French couple and the crepes are amazing. Good spot to get a coffee and pastry to go as well.
  4. Cheeky's is always great for breakfast and lunch but you'll have to wait for a table unless you get there early. It's overwhelmingly popular on the weekends so plan accordingly. (Note: the map to the right shows it in the wrong spot. It's on N Palm Canyon.)
  5. Birba, Cheeky's neighboring dinner spot serves craft cocktails and great pizza and new Italian. Great bar with a modern garden setting.
  6. Workshop Kitchen + Bar is a little more on the higher end but you can also grab small bites at the bar for happy hour. If you want to splurge on dinner, this would be my pick.
  7. El Mirasol Cocina Mexicanais traditional Mexican made with a lot of love. Fresh handmade tortillas, house made molè, big strong margaritas. The location at Los Arboles is the one to go to.
  8. Bar is a hip little craft cocktail and whiskey bar with small plates and affordable pizzas and sandwiches. Hang out on the back patio and play ping pong.
  9. Ernest Coffee/ Bootlegger Tiki Go for your morning coffee and healthy snacks, come back later for the tiki drinks and charcuterie. Love this spot!
  10. Purple Room This is a swanky throwback to Rat Pack era entertainment-- one of the few places still standing that Sinatra actually did hang out at. Their happy hour is especially good and there's live entertainment nightly. Crowd runs older but you're still always in for a good time here.

We're always exploring new spots-- we have a Mid-Century Modern vacation home here so we come often. I'll update my list as we find new great places. Please share your discoveries!

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  1. Appetito (attraction)
  2. Farm (restaurant)
  3. L'Atelier Cafe (restaurant)
  4. Cheeky's (restaurant)
  5. Birba (restaurant)
  6. Workshop Kitchen + Bar (restaurant)
  7. El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana (restaurant)
  8. Bar (restaurant)
  9. Ernest Coffee (restaurant)
  10. Bootlegger Tiki (restaurant)
  11. Purple Room (restaurant)
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answered by
Annemarie from New York City

King's Highway diner at the Ace is great (and their pool is open til 2am, you're welcome!). There's also an amazing milkshake place downtown and they make vegan milkshakes but I am spacing on the name right now. 

If you get out of Palm Springs, do the drive through Indio, Coachella to Salvation Mountain

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  2. Salvation Mountain (attraction)
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answered first by
Kevin from Salem

I will give you a few suggestions:

Billy Reed's- locals like to eat here (Palm Springs)

Sherman's Deli & Bakery- nice deli (Palm Springs downtown)

Lulu California Bistro- right downtown in (Palm Springs) you can people watch here.

John Henry's Cafe- out of the way location but good food (Palm Springs)

Spencer's Restaurant- Palm Springs known for good breakfasts

Jackalope Ranch- down in Indio on 111 good happy hour  

La Quinta Cliffhouse- off 111 down in LaQuinta

Cork & Fork - down in LaQuinta 

The River is off 111 down in Rancho Mirage. Lots of places to see and eat if you want to walk around it's a nice outdoor mall area.  The Cheesecake Factory, Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, P.F. Chang's, Yard House, etc...  Nice Movie Theater

Thursday nights they block off the main street into Palm Springs for a street fair 

Saturdays during the day they have a street fair at College of the Desert- down in Palm Desert 


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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Billy Reed's (restaurant)
  2. Sherman's Deli & Bakery (restaurant)
  3. Lulu California Bistro (restaurant)
  4. John Henry's Cafe (restaurant)
  5. Spencer's Restaurant (restaurant)
  6. Jackalope Ranch (restaurant)
  7. La Quinta Cliffhouse (restaurant)
  8. Cork & Fork (restaurant)
  9. Rancho Mirage (city)
  10. The Cheesecake Factory (restaurant)
  11. Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse (restaurant)
  12. P.F. Chang's (restaurant)
  13. Yard House (restaurant)
  14. College of the Desert (attraction)
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