Thoughts on Palm Springs? [moved from L.A. board]
As far as ‘can’t miss’ in Palm Springs for dinner you have to go to Zin. They have the best fried chicken and the specials are always interesting - from rabbit to venison the last time I was there. For a more expensive but good dinner I agree with several others-Johannes’s is one of my favorites and Le Vallauris is good. Philippe’s is good for lunch but overpriced for dinner. I have heard good things about Blend in Palm Desert but haven't been there. Manhattan is not that big of a deal IMO. I like Sherman’s Deli better – smaller, family owned.
We have been here 4 years now and in no particular order our favorites are:
1. Wally's Desert Turtle
2. Manhattan in the Desert (Great Deli Food)
3. Thai Smile Rancho Mirage (also in La Quinta and PS)
5. Angelino's Pizza (new hole in the wall behind McDonald's in Palm Desert)...great NY style Pizza.
6. Armando's Dakota Bar and Grill on El Paseo in PD...it's where all the locals go for Mexican food.
7. Cafe Des Beaux-Arts on El Paseo
8. Sullivan's Steakhouse on El Paseo (chain)
9. Sammy's on El Paseo (chain)
Out of this list which is pretty diverse, if I had to pick one don't miss restaurant for a trip to the Desert, it would be Manhattan in the Desert $$! I am a NY'er and this is as good a deli as there is anywhere...When my friend RUSSKAR who posts all the time on this board, comes for down to visit, this is always at the top of his list as well.
Enjoy your stay...
For a high-end experience you won't soon forget, head down to Rancho Mirage to Wally's Desert Turtle. It's really expensive, and a wee bit over the top, but the food is great and the service is impeccable.
Also - in Palm Springs, head to Melvyns for an experience right out of the 1970's. The food isn't the best, but it's a lot of fun, and the drinks are great.
We went to El Mirasol the last time I was in Palm Springs a few months ago and really enjoyed it. Their menu was not just your standard enchiladas, tacos etc (although they did have this), and instead included some specialites like chicarrones and mole.
140 E Palm Canyon Dr
I live there 6 months of the year, so will do my best.
Best Brunch-Norma's @ Parker Hotel
Best Sushi- Kiyosaku, on Palm Canyon
Best values, great pours-John Henry's and Davy's
Best French-Chez Pierre-Palm Desert
One of my favorites-Zin-Palm Springs
Good "fall into" Italian-Bella Cucina, Palm Desert-great Chicken Gorgonzola, not on menu
Best of most expensive, must eat outdoors on lovely patio-Le Vallauris and Wally's Desert Turtle for best Dover Sole in southlnd.
One of most popular Italian-Mama Gina's
Hope that gets you started.
Have lots more where that come from.