Uniquely Palm Springs: The Tastes
Savor our signature servings
By Kevin Perry
Taste. It’s a simple word that connotes a smorgasbord of different meanings: your individual style, your threshold for experimentation, your discernment of unexpected variations in sweetness, saltiness, and acidity…
But in Palm Springs, taste is a celebration of unique flavor profiles that you can only experience here.
Dig into decadence with table settings that set us apart…
WHET YOUR APPETIZERS
Where better to start than with a boffo brunch at Cheeky’s? Their world-renowned bacon flight features notes of jalapeño, blackberry, apple cinnamon, and coffee. Speaking of the caffeinated nectar of the gods, sip your way through Ernest Coffee, Ristretto, Koffi, and Gré Coffeehouse & Art Gallery.
That should fuel your appetite (and nervous system)! Use this percolating energy to motivate over to Roly China Fusion for their dim sum happy hour, complete with lobster dumplings in shitake butter sauce. Keep the nosh train chugging along at Draughtsman; their pork belly poutine will make you shout EH, Canada style!
And turning south to our other national neighbor, say olé to Tac/Quila and their triumphant tapas, specifically the guerito peppers stuffed with Oaxaca cheese and vegan chorizo. Or if Asian food is more to your liking, Wang’s in the Desert sizzles up appetizers galore that are bold on taste yet light on the tongue. All the more reason to venture on to the main course!
ENTRÉE TO EXCESS
For a hidden gem that blends the best of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine, look no further than… Palm Springs! Il Giardino presents salsiccia, a sausage dish that hails from Marche, but they put their own Milan twist on the dish in the form of creamy gorgonzola imported from their cousins in Italy. Mangia suprema!
As your Euro tour continues, take a detour to Provence with Farm Palm Springs. Their prix fixe menu is so fresh, it changes daily, but we’re predicting beaucoup yumminess, regardless. Miro’s has extrapolated his Yugoslavian heritage to a menu that embraces all things Mediterranean. From Moroccan lamb meatballs to Budapest schnitzel, your palate will need a passport by the time this meal is over!
Tradition is at the top of the menu at Melvyn’s, where you can enhance your already elevated dining experience with roasted bone marrow or beetroot wellington. Not to be outdone, Il Corso boasts the “world’s best gnocchi” served with sautéed veal wrapped in prosciutto, all graced by an elegant butter sage sauce. And one of the best-reviewed restaurants in Palm Springs is Le Vallauris, known for its raspberry infused duck breast salad.
But perhaps the most uniquely Palm Springs facet of our foodie landscape is steak. But not just any steak; the kind you would savor in a dimly lit enclave where celebrities and savoir faire cavorts in a timeless waltz. Welcome to Mr. Lyons…
Now that you are fully immersed in the Rat Pack aesthetic of Mr. Lyons, it’s time to peek behind the curtain and discover yet another PS gem: Seymour’s speakeasy, brimming with such disparate flavors as passion fruit puree, maraschino liqueur, and angostura amaro. Speaking of speakeasies, PaulBar is encased in rich wooden splendor so lush, you’ll feel blanketed from the world outside in your prohibition-era cocoon.
Sip into exclusivity with craft cocktails like the Velvet Knife, Baby Sledge, or the Floating Hat from Del Rey. Meanwhile, Truss & Twine is pouring a Surfer on Acid alongside a Queen’s Park Swizzle, not to mention some Hanky Panky for your date. And their neighbor Workshop Kitchen + Bar serves up seasonal sensations such as the Good Lion and Bee’s Knees. They’re all abuzz!
For a uniquely inclusive cocktail vibe, visit Blackbook on Arenas Road and prepare for miles of smiles…
From Gay Palm Springs to Yay Paris, our tasty tour continues. Next stop: Peninsula Pastries, where the flour is imported from France to give every morsel a delicious European refinement. Ooh la la at their macaroons, think small and dream big with their tartlets, and salute their triumphant Napoleon cakes.
To wash it all down, live the dream at Kreem, the artisanal dairy confectionary and café that offers Instagram-worthy options such as turmeric-ginger, purple Ube, Vietnamese coffee, peach sorbet, and pistachio with olive oil. Now that your imagination is ignited, cool it off by concocting your own creation at the appropriately named Great Shakes. Start with a solid foundation of birthday cake, sprinkle on some salted caramel, and throw in a mini donut for garnish, and voila! You’ve got a balanced meal in a cup.
For a signature smoothie that puts our town on the map, book a date with the tangy shakes from Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolates. We’re talking date shakes – actually, we’re drinking date shakes. Pause for indulgence.
Date shake break over!
To give your sweet tooth something that really sticks to its ribs, drizzle on over to Brandini Toffee. Their popcorn, chocolate, and almond permutations look almost too good to eat… WE SAID ALMOST! Pick up a gift tin for someone you love and then go back and buy another one after you tear into your loved one’s gift prematurely.
Palm Springs is all about variety, which is why we want to end with a chews cruise to Balboa Candy. They boast one of the largest selections of saltwater taffy in the world: strawberry cheesecake, huckleberry, maple bacon, buttered popcorn, apple pie, root beer float, chili mango, and cherry cola, just to name a few. Balboa also honors vintage candy brands like Dubble Bubble, Abba Zaba, and Atomic Fireballs, so your visit to our sweet ciudad will whisk you back in time with a flavor fast-forward.
You are now officially a tastemaker in the making. It’s time to reward your other senses with a whirlwind escapade through the sights, the sounds, the scents, and the feels that make Palm Springs uniquely boutique and ever so chic.