Where should I eat in Palm Springs, California?
August 4, 2010 6:08 PM   Subscribe

Feed me, Seymour! I'm a hard-core foodie who's going to be spending a long weekend in Palm Springs, California, and I don't want to waste a single eating opportunity. Additionally, I need a place to eat after my plane lands at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday.

When I arrive on Friday, I really don't want to be stuck with IHOP, fast food, or eating at a bar. So if you know of any good restaurants that are open late-night, I'd much appreciate a recommendation. No In-N-Out, please, because I don't eat beef and that seems to be all they serve.

For the rest of the weekend, anywhere in the area is fine, because this is to be the first of several trips, leading eventually to a permanent move to the area. So I'll eventually need to acquire favorite Mexican, Thai, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, etc. places. In other words, it's okay if you suggest something that's a bit of a drive. Bonus points if it's reasonable healthy.

I've done some research, and what sounds promising so far is Manhattan in the Desert, El Gallito, La Perlita, Johannes, and Thai Smile.

Agree? Disagree? Know of something better?
posted by MexicanYenta to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sherman's Deli is better than Manhattan in the Desert (and more centrally located to downtown too).

Las Casuelas is legendary for their margaritas (best I've ever had by far) and the food isn't bad either. A very happening spot, particularly on weekends.
posted by The Gooch at 6:36 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: Take your question over to Chowhound and I'm sure you'll get some great answers.
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:47 PM on August 4, 2010

There is ONLY ONE place for good coffee in the morning. Trust me on this: koffi
posted by Danf at 7:49 PM on August 4, 2010

La Bella Cucina makes great panini and sandwiches, and is worth it for the friendly service and guido factor (and I say that with love). There's a cigar store next door; if you've ever lived or dined in Brooklyn, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

I really like the Kings Highway restaurant at the Ace Hotel for breakfast. The pancakes and french press coffee are the thing to get. Dinner is fine, and probably worth it for Linda, the singing host. (She actually bursts out into that "clang clang clang goes the trolley" song, and patrons eat it up.)
posted by turducken at 10:24 PM on August 4, 2010

Best answer: Shanghai Reds! Enter on the side of the building, just behind Fisherman's Grill. The fish tacos. Yeah.
posted by oceanmorning at 2:02 AM on August 5, 2010

I really like Roscoe Grill for dinner. Decent ambiance and lovely food. Also, I'm a fan of breakfast at Norma's at the Parker.
posted by Sophie1 at 6:33 AM on August 5, 2010

I don't know their hours, but Thai Smile is really good. I can't tell from the address if it's in the same place as before, but last time I went, it was in this mini mall, like sharing a parking lot with a Vons or something. A lot of good restaurants in the Coachella Valley are in crappy locations like that.
posted by peep at 8:58 AM on August 5, 2010

Response by poster: I haven't tried most of these suggestions yet, but the one I did try was good and I've marked it as a best answer. I don't remember where I ended up eating that first late night, but it wasn't one of these suggestions-and it wasn't good.
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:50 AM on January 19, 2011

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