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larochelle's Guide to Palm Springs

larochelle | | Sep 12, 2007 05:23 PM

In preparation for an upcoming two week trip to Palm Springs, I began gathering notes from my previous visits.

Be sure to go to the PS & PD visitor centers, they are a great resource.

Palm Springs Visitors Information Center, 2781 N. Palm Canyon Dr. (tel. 800/34-SPRINGS; fax 760/323-3021;, offers maps, brochures, advice, souvenirs, and a free hotel-reservation service. The office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

Palm Desert Visitors office also offers maps & local magazine/papers 72-567 Highway 111 (760.568.1441 / 800.873.2428) Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, closed major holidays

Pick up Palm Springs Life magazine's Free monthly "Desert Guide." It contains tons of visitor information, including a comprehensive calendar of events. Copies are distributed in hotels and newsstands and at the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Bureau. They also operate a 24-hour information line (760/770-1992) and a website -- --

Other magazines to pick up locally: - annoying archive interface - paper only, no online archive

Other Internet Resources:
Restaurant Guide -
Cheap Eats -
PS CitySearch -
Indio -

Some Favorite Places:
Ristorante Vittorio - El Paseo, PD - good breakfast, nice $1 mimosas -
Sherman's Deli & Bakery - PS & PD - NY Deli
John's Restaurant - 111, PD - plain but good breakfast & huevos ranchero
LG's Steakhouse - 111,

Good Food Happy Hours:
Roc's Firehouse Grille - El Paseo, PD - comfort food late night happy hour
Matchbox - PS - Excellent Happy Hour 4-6pm & 11-1am
The Falls steakhouse - excellent martinis, mini-burgers, etc.
Piero's Acqua Pazza - 111 Rancho Mirage - good tequila selection. Summer Happy Hour Noon-6; 8-11pm
The Inn on El Paseo - El Paseo, PD - happy hour, nice breakfast
Big Fish grill & oyster bar - 111, PD - happy hour, price fixe dinner
Shanghai Reds - Indian Canyon, PS - Cheap! happy hour, fun late night place

Places I'd go back:
Sullivan's Steakhouse - El Paseo, PD - chain but good
Café des Beaux-Arts - El Paseo, PD -
Sunshine Café - PD & Cathedral City - basic breakfast (PD is next to TJs)
Shame on the Moon -
Café Abuelita Coffeehouse - Indio

Places I would NOT go back:
Elmer's Pancake & Steak House - PS, Indio - yuck!
Haleiwa Joe's - Rancho Mirage - cool architecture, but nasty food - happy hour 4:30-6:30 pupu platter
Thai Smile - Rancho Mirage - bad, too sweet -
Picanha - fine if you like an extreme meat-eating experience
Mama Livreri's Italian Bistro - PD (next to Sunshine & TJs) - good, not great old-school Italian (had the Steak Sinatra), there's got to be better Italian in the area

To Do List:
Find more Mexican food!!!
El Rachito Taco Shop - across from Don & Sweet Sue's
La Palupa - Cathedral City - mexican
Guillermo's - El Paseo, PD - 200 tequilas
Pueblo Viejo - 111, Indio - happy hour, dinner specials
Manhatten in the Desert - heard good things
Veggie & Tea House - PD -
Europa Brunch - highly recommended by several friends
Norma's (Parker Meridian Palm Springs) - went to the one in NYC
Crazy Bones BBQ - PS - chain but recommended
Daily Grill - El Paseo, PD - chain but recommended
Native Foods - El Paseo, PD
Zin American Bistro - PS -
Lord Fletcher's - llooks cheesy but I want to check it out
Cedar Creek Inn (lots of food specials) - probably bad, but I'd to check it out eventually

Jensen's Finest Food
Vino 100 - Cathedral City -
(and of course Trader Joes and that giant Alberston's in PD)

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