As the choice vacation destination of many Americans across the nation and tourists across the world, it comes as no surprise that Palm Springs is full of exceptional spaces to dine. Whether you're hankering for classic Americana dishes or elegant French cuisine, Palm Springs is full of premier restaurants where you can delight your taste buds with flavors from all over the world. In fact, Palm Springs boasts one of the most well developed restaurant scenes in the nation.
If you've just moved into the city, put these five restaurants at the top of your list when it comes time to explore the culinary scene in town.
Today, Cheeky's is the place to be when it comes to brunch, but the popular restaurant was not always a breakfast hotspot. Until 2008, Cheeky's was a bookstore. Those searching for arguably the best breakfast in town will find that this place is so popular, the venue is often lined up out the door as Cheeky's is a modest 30 seat affair.
Cheeky's is one of the only places around that offers a "bacon flight" that allows patrons to sample up to five different flavors of bacon. Everything from apple cinnamon bacon, to honey smoke bacon, to jalapeno bacon can be taste tested at this restaurant. At this local treasure, the menu changes each week and features only the finest organic and local ingredients depending on what is in season.
More than forty years ago, Le Vallauris opened its doors for the first time, and today, it is still one of the best places in the city to delight in fine dining and five-star cuisine. Located within a handsome Mediterranean revival home done up in muted creams and white linen table clothes, this is one of the city's classiest joints. Specializing in French cuisine, this restaurant is well known for its exceptional dishes ranging from lobster raviolis to roasted duck. It also features an incredible courtyard where patrons can dine under the leafy coverage of mature deciduous trees.
Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Having opened in 2012, Workshop Kitchen + Bar is a newcomer to the Palm Springs food scene. Despite this, it has made substantial strides with the public, and it is well-attended by locals and visitors alike because of its one-of-a-kind sense of style and its sustainable food practices. Located in a recently restored Spanish Colonial Revival building situated in Uptown Palm Springs, this handsome restaurant features elevated ceilings, barn-style windows, and trendy concrete slab dining tables.
This restaurant's rotating menu of Americana-style food items was inspired by Chef Michael Beckman's previous experience in France and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find that the restaurant sources almost all of its ingredients from farmers within 100 miles from the restaurant.
The Barn Kitchen At Sparrows Lodge
Located at Sparrows Lodge, The Barn Kitchen is one of Palm Springs favorite lunch time destinations. The local favorite is characterized by its unique architecture. A set of double doors on either side of the building ensure a refreshing cross breeze keeps diners cool in hot weather, and the rich hues of stained lumber and the wide open interiors of a barn-style building create a casual, yet beautiful dining experience. While some meals are reserved for guests of Sparrows Lodge, The Barn Kitchen welcomes the public for lunch when a mouthwatering ham and mustard melt and a varied selection of farm-fresh, local produce will impress even the most discerning of guests.
The Purple Palm
This unique Palm Springs restaurant dates back to the 1930s when bootlegger Al Wetheimer came to town. Wetheimer founded the Colony Palms Hotel and its restaurant to serve as one of the city's early speakeasies where members of the Purple Gang could congregate for a boozy evening of fun.
Today, the restaurant is a popular place to delight in classic Californian dishes that incorporate local and organic farm fresh produce. Reminiscent of their beginnings, the cocktail menu pays playful homage to the restaurant's unusual beginnings with beverages entitled "The Purple Gang" and "Doll Squad." Their dinner menu features a wide variety of meat dishes with a few vegetarian options. Everything from swordfish, to pasture-raised chicken, to duck terrine is prepared with exquisite care by Chef Nick Tall and his team of culinary masters.
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