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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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