What is old is new again in the culinary scene of Palm Springs. You will want to leave the pool for the dinner options that are available to you. If you are overwhelmed by the chioes of where to eat in Palm Springs I am not surprised. From brand new cocktail bars that are bringing Los Angeles sophistication to the desert city to classic restaurants that have generations of fans. There is a culinary adventure waiting for us in Palm Springs and I am jumping in with both feet. Bring on the cocktails, the bacon flights and as much culinary awesome as I can handle. It’s time to eat and drink my way around Palm Springs.
Dead Or Alive Bar 150 East Palm Canyon Drive – If you blink too fast you will walk right on by one of the newest Beer and Wine Bars to open in Palm Springs. Dead Or Alive Bar is a tiny sliver of alcoholic goodness located on East Palm Canyon Drive. It is very dark inside, too dark for me to take any photos that look good. Shimmy up to the bar and let Christine curate your drink experience. Her husband choses the ever changing craft beer menu while Christine is in charge of the wine list. It doesn’t matter we drank on this visit because chances are the menu will have changed a few times by the time you visit. It is small, intimate, and reflects the personal tastes of the owners. It is also a fun place to hang out and start your evening or wind it down before you have one more dip in the pool.
Seymour’s 233 East Palm Canyon Dr – Ok so this place is so on the down-low that it doesn’t have a website or any signage that you would recognize. It is the speakeasy called Seymour’s and it is located in Mr. Lyon’s Steak House (I’ll write about that next). A true craft cocktail list the bartender/owner Steen is a master at his craft and my buddy John and I left ourselves completely under his care. From classic cocktails to his own creations everything we had here was perfect. Beat the Palm Springs heat and relax in this cool speakeasy with a cocktail sure to put you at ease before dinner.
Mr. Lyon’s 233 East Palm Canyon Dr – It used to be called Lyon’s English Grille for over 50 years until famed restaurant group F10 Creative took it. It was given a complete makeover and reopened as Mr. Lyon’s to honour the original proprietor who is still alive today and over 100 years old. If you want a great steak in Palm Springs this is where you go. Come hungry for dinner because you will feast. John and I started off with a classic Steak Tartare followed by a 22oz Ribeye and all the usual steakhouse side dishes like Baked Potato and Macaroni & Cheese. To top the meal off we finished it with a slice of Sticky Toffee Pudding. I needed a wheelchair to take me out of the restaurant! So good.
The Tropicale 330 East Amado Road – Want to eat at one of Open Tables Top 100 Hot Spot restaurants in the US? If so then you have to visit The Tropicale. It also boasts one of the best patios I’ve ever seen. I didn’t eat out there on this visit as it was too hot outside for me no matter how good the misters were working. Eating here is another feast experience and you should definitely make a reservation as it was packed. We started off with the Firecracker Shrimp appie and then I went straight to the Char Siu-Style Double Cut Korabuta Pork Chop. It tastes as good as it looks. We had no room for dessert until they told us the special was a home made Peach Pie. How could we say no? Definitely a highlight of the trip!
Eight 4 Nine 849 North Palm Canyon Drive – If over the top glam is your style then you will LOVE Eight 4 Nine Restaurant & Lounge on North Palm Canyon Drive. Bright white and hot pink is the colour scene and the servers are all FABULOUS. Friendly staff, quick service, and great food mark Eight 4 Nine as a local and visitors favourite place to hang out. We sat in the lounge and started with cocktails and then shared a delicious Avocado and Roasted Tomato Toast followed by Marsala Pork Tenderloin on Grilled Polenta. Yummy! Easy, casual and a guarranteed good time.
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill 350 South Indian Canyon Drive – Craving authentic Mexican while you are in Palm Springs? Of course you are and one of the best in the city is Rio Azul. Chef Ernesto Gastelum has brought his own interpretation to his family recipes to Palm Springs and the result is magic. Famous for their Margaritas and the ever popular Drag Brunch, Rio Azul will leave you full and happy. You have to order the table side made Guacamole and to finish that off I had the Carne Asada Burrito. If you still have room try their Flan, it is amazing!
Cheeky’s 622 North Palm Canyon Drive – A visit to Palm Springs is not complete until you’ve had breakfast at Cheeky’s. It opened in 2008 and ever since it is touted as the best breakfast spot in the Desert. Two things will always be true when you visit Cheeky’s. The first is there will be a line-up. Even if you arrive when they first open the doors there will be a line-up. Second, you always have to order the Bacon Flight. Four types of Bacon proving that any piece of Bacon is a good piece of Bacon. Other breakfast options are available and change weekly but I had the classic Custard Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Sausage Patties and Cheddar Biscuits.
Lulu California Bistro 200 South Palm Canyon Drive – If people think that Cheeky’s is the best place for breakfast in Palm Springs then Lulu California Bistro is just a whisker behind. Modern California cuisine with a vibrant bar lounge and voted one of the best late bite places in Palm Springs Lulu’s has something for every time of day. We enjoyed a great breakfast that included espresso drinks, a French Melt Croissant Sandwich and Chocolate Crepes for dessert. Yes, even breakfast should end with dessert in my opinion. Next time I am in town I am coming back for the late nite bites and a martini or two!
If these restaurants and bars don’t prove that the Palm Springs culinary scene is alive and thriving then I don’t know what I need to do to convince you. For all my foodie friends out there you will love your visit even more, thanks to the culinary artists that are making Palm Springs a foodie destination.