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Mar 31, 2009 11:25 PM

Palm Springs Restaurants?

My husband and I are spending 3 days in Palm Springs this month (April 09). We're looking for any can't be missed dinner spots and some casual local favorites. I searched the board but most posts seem to be a bit dated. Any help would be much appreciated!

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  1. Spent Christmas in Palm Springs and had a fabulous time - in fact, we're going back in May. That being said, I don't know that there are any "can't be missed" restaurants - I didn't get the impression that it's a much of a foodie destination...

    Places we enjoyed: Zin American Bistro; El Mirasol; Sherman's (for lunch); Norma's at the Parker (for brunch).

    We also went out for a "fancy" dinner at Johannes and found it to be pricey and underwhelming.

    More details on my blog: http://completeoutrage.wordpress.com/...

    1. jodi..DH and I love Le Vallauris in Palm Springs..excellent and the patio is wonderful to dine out in.

      Going for a long weekend in Palm Desert for Memorial Day..
      Gotta do brunch at Norma's at the Parker..I'm looking for a sushi place..anything good out there?


      1. Even though this reply is after the fact for the original poster, I've got to defend Johannes. This is by far one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs. (Zin is almost the same price so not sure why Johannes is "fancy"). Always interesting food and excellent, professional service.

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        1. re: socaldesign

          At Zin there are a number of dishes between $18-25 at Johannes most are entrees start at $25 but quality of food at Zin is not outstanding but still at least as good as Johannes.

          1. re: socaldesign

            I TOTALLY agree with socaldesign. For the couple of dollars more your spending per entree and appetizer, Johannes is miles above Zin in quality of food, service, and all-around experience. Johannes has become my number one restaurant in PS. I also like Copley's for a nice dinner. Copley's has a much more unique atmosphere with their lovely patio, but the food is more expensive than Johannes, and probably the same level.

          2. Just spent the weekend and two casual places we enjoyed were Manhattan in the Desert on the eastern edge of Palm Springs for good deli food and huge pastries. Pastrami sandwich was lean and a tender steak sandwich served on garlic toast. Some local told me it was the best deli in the desert.

            El Galito in Cathedral City, a local kind of place for authentic Mexican food. Great chips and salsa...you have to try it. Cash only. Closed Sunday.

            Manhattan In the Desert
            2665 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA

            El Gallito Restaurant
            68820 Grove St, Cathedral City, CA 92234

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            1. re: monku

              Melvyn's for atmosphere and Shame on the Moon ... great food and service at a reasonable price for a "fancy" restaurant. Manhattan in the Desert is by far the best deli. Le Basil in Palm Desert for Asian cuisine.

              1. re: Melvin Surdin

                Sherman's is a better deli than Manhattan in the Desert.

                1. re: RBCal

                  The Falls in Palm Springs for Happy Hour has fabulous raw oysters at ridiculously low prices ... not to be missed.