My Palm Springs Restaurant Guide, Where You Want To Eat In The Desert


Hello, Palm Springs, I love you! Four the past four years I have come back to spend a week in the desert in July. You are my happy place. I love the heat, the pool, the diversity of activities and best of all I love your food scene. Your portions are classically American (aka huge), your service is always friendly and I have yet to have a bad meal. I just love dining out at the many Palm Springs restaurant I have visited, and I have been to quite a few. On this visit, I check out four brand new to me Palm Spring restaurants that are all within one mile of each other in the downtown core. If you love to eat great food when you are on vacation, then start planning your next desert getaway to Palm Springs. I’ll meet you there 🙂

Burrata Mozzarella and Prosciutto salad from Kaiser Grille

Kaiser Grille 205 S Palm Canyon Drive – For over twenty years Kaiser Grille has been serving the locals and tourists alike with the freshest local ingredients available. Caring about the ingredients is step #1 in a great restaurant in my books and Kaiser Grille has that covered. Exceptional customer service is #2 and our servers couldn’t have been nicer. To top that off my meal of Buratta & Prosciutto Salad (pictured above) and New York Strip Loin were spectacular. To top it off I finished with the in-house made Creme Brulee topped with fresh berries. Love this place and the people watching from the patio is awesome.

Kaiser Grille a dt Palm Springs restaurant

New York Strip Loin at Kaiser Grille Palm Springs restaurant

Creme Brûlée for dessert

Trio 707 N Palm Canyon Drive – Where the locals eat… if they want great comfort food. Trio is located on North Palm Canyon Drive and opened in 2009. It has been busy ever since. No matter if you are coming for lunch, dinner or cocktails you HAVE to have their signature hand cut Potato Chips. You will never look at store-bought the same again. Follow that with the Trio Angus Burger with a side of Mac & Cheese and you will be stuffed. Still hungry? How about the Bread Pudding drizzled with Caramel Sauce. NOTE: On Aug 2nd, 2017 Trio had a fire that caused them to close for repairs. They will reopen and I hope you check them out when they do.

Trio Palm Springs restaurant

Hand cut potato chips at Trio Restaurant

Trio Angus Burger with Mac & Cheese side

Caramel bread pudding at Trio Restaurant

Pomme Frite 256 S Palm Canyon Drive – Craving a taste of Belgium while you are in the desert? I don’t blame you, you are probably jonesing for some Mussels and Frites or Moules Frites. There is only one Palm Springs restaurant to go for those and it is Pomme Frite. First, you start with a Belguim Beer followed by an order of Onion Soup with so much cheese you need scissors to cut through it. Then you order a steamer of Mussels & Frites to share, they have 10 varieties to choose from. And for me, I finish it off with a Chicken Vol Au Vent. No room for dessert for me after this feast. Well worth the belly-busting though.

A glass of Belgium Beer to go with my Moules Frites

French Onion soup with cheese you have to cut

A steamer of Moules Frites from Pomme Frite Palm Springs

Chicken Vol au Vent

Pinocchio in the Desert 134 E Tahquitz Canyon Way – Want a good hearty breakfast? Pinnochio in the Desert has you covered and then some. You won’t leave hungry after breakfast here and if you aren’t driving enjoy the All Day Happy Hour where you can order bottomless champagne ($4.95 per person) and add a carafe of OJ ($3.95) to make Mimosas. I would come just for that. To eat we had the Eggs Benedict and the Huevos Rancheros (moderated with no carbs). And because I can’t resist these I also ordered a side of the Corned Beef Hash. Diner sized portions at Diner prices makes this a must visit. I’m coming back for the Bottomless Champagne on my next visit.

Eggs Benedict at Pinnochio in the Desert

Huevos Rancheros at Pinnochio in the Desert

Side order of Corned Beef Hash

What a feast!

As I said this is not my first visit to Palm Springs. Here are links to the other stories I have writing about the Palm Springs restaurant scene. It covers over 11 restaurants and bars.

A great night out with friends at Kaiser Grille Palm Springs


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Special thanks to Visit Palm Springs for hosting this travel adventure. My views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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