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Courtesy of Jose Alejandro Bastidas, The Desert Sun

If there is something we love in the Coachella Valley, it’s food.

And this year brought many new restaurants, flavors and concepts to the desert.

The restaurant scene in the desert is ever changing, and it can be difficult to keep track of all the openings and closings going on from west to east. 

So, let's take a look back at some of the exciting local restaurants that opened in 2017:

1. A fast, casual take on Mediterranean cuisine

The shopping centers around El Paseo in Palm Desert are becoming home to many local and chain restaurants.

One of the most recent additions is Luna Grill.

A sampler platter consisting of falafel, hummus, pita bread, couscous medley and stuffed grape leaves offered at Luna Grill Palm Desert. (Photo: Jose Bastidas/The Desert Sun)

A sampler platter consisting of falafel, hummus, pita bread, couscous medley and stuffed grape leaves offered at Luna Grill Palm Desert. (Photo: Jose Bastidas/The Desert Sun)

 

A sampler platter consisting of falafel, hummus, pita bread, couscous medley and stuffed grape leaves offered at Luna Grill Palm Desert. (Photo: Jose Bastidas/The Desert Sun)

The fast, casual and affordable Mediterranean eatery opened in October and offers delicious dishes in big portions (plus wine and beer). Some highlights include the falafel as an appetizer, the ground sirloin kabob (around $11) for an entree, and the mini cupcakes for dessert.

Luna Grill Palm Desert is the chain’s 39th restaurant and the company is growing fast. So, don’t be surprised if you see more locations popping up in the near future.

Luna Grill is located at 73-405 Highway 111, Suite 105 in Palm Desert. For hours and more information go to lunagrill.com

More: A closer look at the new Mediterranean restaurant in the valley everyone is talking about

To read about the other nine restaurants that made the list, click here....