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; www.palm-springs.org), 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 http://www.palm-desert.org/things_din...
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 -- http://www.palmsprings.com/dine.html -- http://www.palmspringslife.com/media/...
Other Internet Resources:
Restaurant Guide - http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll...
Cheap Eats - http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll...
PS CitySearch - http://palmsprings.citysearch.com/fin...
Indio - http://www.indiochamber.org/restauran...
Some Favorite Places:
Ristorante Vittorio - El Paseo, PD - good breakfast, nice $1 mimosas - www.r-vittorio.com
Sherman's Deli & Bakery - PS & PD - NY Deli http://www.shermansdeli.com/
John's Restaurant - 111, PD - plain but good breakfast & huevos ranchero
LG's Steakhouse - 111, www.lgprimesteakhouse.com
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 www.matchboxpalmsprings.com
The Falls steakhouse - excellent martinis, mini-burgers, etc. http://www.thefallsprimesteakhouse.com/
Piero's Acqua Pazza - 111 Rancho Mirage - good tequila selection. Summer Happy Hour Noon-6; 8-11pm http://www.pierosacquapazza.com/
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 http://www.gotofishermans.com/shangha...
Places I'd go back:
Sullivan's Steakhouse - El Paseo, PD - chain but good http://www.sullivansteakhouse.com/
Café des Beaux-Arts - El Paseo, PD - www.cafedesbeauxarts.com
Sunshine Café - PD & Cathedral City - basic breakfast (PD is next to TJs) http://sunshinecafe.com/
Shame on the Moon - http://www.shameonthemoon.com/
Café Abuelita Coffeehouse - Indio
Places I would NOT go back:
Elmer's Pancake & Steak House - PS, Indio - yuck! http://www.elmers-restaurants.com/
Haleiwa Joe's - Rancho Mirage - cool architecture, but nasty food - happy hour 4:30-6:30 pupu platter http://www.haleiwajoes.com/
Thai Smile - Rancho Mirage - bad, too sweet - www.thaismilerestaurants.com
Picanha - fine if you like an extreme meat-eating experience http://picanharestaurant.com/churrasc...
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 - www.veggieandteahouse.com
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 www.nativefoods.com
Zin American Bistro - PS - www.zinamericanbistro.com
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 - www.vino100cc.com
(and of course Trader Joes and that giant Alberston's in PD)