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What's new (or tried and true) in Palm Springs?

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We're off for our annual trip to PS. In previous years we have enjoyed Johannes a great deal for our splurge dinner. Is it still awesome? We've never tried Le Vallauris but I've heard good things.

For casual evenings we've enjoyed Matchbox either solo or with the young, but ever so well-behaved, kids. For their treat we take them to the Kobe steakhouse. Goofy, I know, but a good holiday event. Maybe this year we'll give it a miss and take them Las Casualas? Does it matter which location?

Tyler's is fun for all for lunch. Any other place we're missing out on? We're staying with the grandparents, so most meals are eaten at home. We seem to do most of our shopping at Trader Joe's as we don't have them here, but are we missing out on any fruit/vegetable markets or bakeries or anything?

Any thoughts on: lunch/dinner, kids/no kids, PS or nearby, for any food shops/markets? Thanks!

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  1. I think the Zin restaurant is a good place for French bistro style food and you could also take your kids with you.
    I know that quite a few people on this board like Johannes but we found it to be OK but nothing special especially for that price. It is well executed but nothing overly creative. We liked Blend in La Quinta for an great dinner with a very innovative tasting menu but sadly it closed last year and we are still looking for a good replacement in PS.

    1. The Riviera just reopened after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The new restaurant there is Circa 59
      http://www.psriviera.com/riviera_dini...

      Also new is Dinks on the north side of Palm Springs.

      1. Try the Saturday morning farmers market at the Camelot Theater. There are wonderful locally grown fruits and veggies. The Camelot shows small films and has great food. Las Casuelas is fun but El Mirasol has better food and the grandparents might site a celebrity. Since there are at least 6 of you call ahead. Le Vallaris is wonderful check out website. Check out the website for Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn for a taste of Old PS. Cocktails at the Riviera Hotel but skip the food. Thursday night streetfare on Palm Canyon games and food for the kids.

        1. Palm Springs Life's 13 Best New Restaurants in PSP
          http://www.palmspringslife.com/Palm-S...

          Besides Circa 69 and Dink's they recommend the Tropicale (among others)

          1. Thanks for all the great replie, really. I'm definitely off to the market at the Camelot. I think it might be time for Zin and at lest a drink at Circa 59. Then we can decide whether to go back or dinner or whether to try Tropicale or our old fave, Johannes. Lots to think about. We'll look up El Mirasol too. Hmmm, perhaps we will have extend our trip? Awesome recommendations, keep them coming. I will report back!