Greater Palm Springs is a destination that successfully intertwines health, luxury, and rejuvenation, which are reflective in our dining options. Hidden behind almost every palm tree, you’ll find a restaurant that features thoughtfully prepared and beautifully unique dishes. In just one weekend you can tour the Desert cities and get a diverse experience of our favorite local establishments. All will undoubtedly excite your taste buds while you indulge in great food that won’t hinder your bathing suit-wearing confidence.
Friday: La Quinta
Breakfast: Start your day off at Chula Artisan Eatery (re-opening in September), offering farm-to-table fare and proudly serving local Joshua Tree Coffee. This will give you the energy to head out for a hike in the La Quinta Cove. If you have more fuel to burn, consider heading to nearby Indio for an informative tour at Shield’s Date Gardens where you can tour the garden and watch a short film about the sex life of a date.
Lunch: By now, you’ve likely worked up an appetite. Opt for a nice salad right there at The Café at Shield’s Date Gardens or, if you prefer a good dose of omega-3’s, head down Highway 111 a few miles to the locally-owned Pokehana La Quinta for high quality fish with gluten-free and vegan poke options made to your liking. Pokehana also has a Palm Desert location and rumor has it, a Rancho Mirage location may be coming soon as well.
Dinner: Take a cooking class at Cooking with Class or wander the shops of Old Town La Quinta, but be sure to venture to the local’s favorite happy hour hangout, The Grill On Main, where road biking enthusiast Chef Brett Maddock always offers something memorable on the menu. Stay a while longer to enjoy live music and dance off that cocktail through the evening hours.
Saturday: Palm Desert and Cathedral City
Breakfast: If you prefer a light breakfast, head to Fresh Juice Bar for a protein shake or a fresh-pressed juice before your Hike to the Cross. On a hot afternoon, grab a pitaya bowl, topped with berries and gluten-free granola (agave is optional).
Lunch: An afternoon selecting your favorite spices at Savory Spice Shop and high-end shopping on El Paseo deserves a home-brewed kombucha and a few courses off the organic menu at Wildest Greens. Actress and owner Denise Dubarry Hay has created a welcoming gathering place to accommodate every dietary need from raw or vegan, to paleo and gluten-free.
Dinner: Come hungry and indulge in umami flavors from the eastern Mediterranean at Beyond Balisage in Cathedral City. Tucked away in a small corner of town, Chef Daniel prepares locally-sourced, organic foods and offers delicious organic wines. Chef makes it easy for you to feel at home, and I promise you will want come back again for more.
Sunday: Palm Springs
Breakfast: In the iconic city of Palm Springs, you’ll want to enjoy a morning at the modern Lulu California Bistro overlooking Palm Canyon. Enjoy a meal from their award-winning breakfast/brunch menu or request their plentiful gluten-free menu. If you are in the mood to carb-splurge, be sure to order a gluten-free baguette as they are surprisingly good.
Coffee Break: Head to Koffi for a great cup of locally roasted, organic coffee. With three locations - two in Palm Springs and one in Rancho Mirage - this local favorite offers a variety of delicious milk alternatives, but their homemade whipped cream is delectable.
Lunch: One of the newest hot spots FARM Palm Springs serves breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner on weekends. They prepare made-to-order traditional dishes from southern France using only fresh ingredients. The ambiance is quaint and the setting easily transports you to the French countryside.
Dinner: If authentic “Vietnamese with a flare” sounds up your alley, 533 Viet Fusion must make your list. It may be a bit farther down the road, but I promise, it’s worth the trip. They feature homemade sauces and locally sourced ingredients with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. The rich chicken lemongrass “martini” meatballs come highly recommended. You can also walk right next door to Native Foods for a wonderful vegan dessert.
Other Recommended Restaurants:
- Palm Springs, Nature's Health Food and Cafe- Vegan and vegetarian food to grab or go
- Palm Desert, El Paseo Grill- Gluten-free and paleo-friendly
- Palm Desert, Luscious Lorraine’s Organic Juice and Food Bar- all organic, vegan friendly
- Indio, Heirloom Craft Kitchen- casual dining, made-from-scratch meals
- Indio, June Hill’s Table at Trilogy at the Polo Club- open to public, seasonal, organic
- Indian Wells, Grove Artisan Kitchen at the Miramonte Resort- Farm-to-table, organic
- La Quinta, Morgan’s in the Desert at La Quinta Resort- Award-winning farm-to-table; definitely a special treat!
- Desert Tasty Tours: Offers a 3-hour tasting-tour of local restaurants
- Certified Farmers Markets
- We Care Spa: Offers juice fasting and detoxing
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