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Dining Around The Desert: New Restaurants in the Palm Springs Area (Fall 2022)

Dining Around The Desert: New Restaurants in the Palm Springs Area (Fall 2022)

Fall is quickly approaching, bringing cooler weather and the pungent notes of pumpkin spice and cinnamon with the changing season. With the arrival of fall also comes a slew of new restaurants in Greater Palm Springs that are sure to delight your taste buds for an unforgettable culinary experience. Whether you’re in the mood for an authentic Spanish meal or homestyle comfort food, look no further than the exquisite variety offered in the Southern California oasis.  Check out the latest and greatest in new restaurants in Greater Palm Springs and get ready to experience this top culinary destination.


Sol Y Sombra

For a taste of Spain, Sol y Sombra is raising the bar for dining with a delicious paella menu and table sidebar cart. For groups of two to 200, Sol y Sombra’s exciting paella menu offers a version of Spain’s signature dish to please every palate, from seafood lovers to vegetarians. The bar is not the only place for a custom cocktail at Sol y Sombra , as the Tableside Bar Cart service offers custom cocktails featuring top-shelf ingredients, made tableside to order with house specialties including The Paloma Oro, a twist on the traditional featuring gold-flecked tequila and fresh-squeezed Oro Blanco grapefruit juice.

Sol y Sombra’s menu incorporates the desert’s agricultural roots, in which local ingredients like dates, grapefruit, and chilis star in an array of shareable tapas and dinner mains. Tapas options include classics like Croquettes stuffed with serrano ham and cheese, scallops or mushrooms; Papas Bravas with lemon yogurt aioli; and chicken or vegetarian Empanadas. In addition to three kinds of Paella, ‘big plate’ options include richly-flavored offerings such as luscious Braised Spanish Pork Shoulder; Seared Branzino with grilled lemon and fennel salad; and Catalan Rabbit and Sobrasada Stew flavored with chorizo and Aleppo chiles.

Information: Now open. 67670 Carey Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234


Start your mornings off right when you have breakfast or lunch at Beautiful Day—a farm-to-table eatery that offers healthy, homestyle cuisine. Some highlights of its “Rise & Shine” menu include Granpa’s Waffle made with a buttermilk waffle, pecan maple emulsion, and whipped creme fraiche, or the Breakfast Burrito with farm eggs, crispy potatoes, cheese, and Hot Mami sauce in a Sonoran wheat tortilla. A lunch favorite is the Mushroom Shawarma sandwich, with griddles mushroom confit, pickled onion, shishito sauce, and parsley on homemade flatbread.

Information: Now open. 50949 Washington St Suite 1A, La Quinta, CA 92253



Once a popular taco vendor that has finally started a brick-and-mortar business, Rubery Salsa is not your average taco shop. Although the classic staples are offered, like Chile Guerito Shrimp tacos topped with onion, cilantro, and Queso Fresco on a flour tortilla, Rubery Salsa also features their unique “fusion tacos,” blending Asian and Mexican cuisine. Try the Stir Fry Taco, with grilled chicken, peppers, onions, and cilantro topped with garlic chili oil, or the Wasabi Taco with chicken, mild wasabi sauce and ginger slaw.

Information: Now open. 73030 El Paseo Suite 103, Palm Desert, CA 92260


Soon to be located on El Paseo in Palm Desert, Molé plans to deliver the best authentic Mexican food in Greater Palm Springs. Just like its Sedona, Arizona location, all recipes will be prepared from scratch daily, such as homemade tortillas, salsas, and even their signature molé sauces. Whether you’re passing through town to enjoy the views or a local resident, Molé aims to deliver an incredible experience that will remind guests how the real flavors of Mexico should taste. To indulge your senses, their beverage program has been designed to include a unique selection of wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and tequilas.

Information: Coming soon. 73160 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260



Another restaurant that will open this fall on El Paseo in Palm Desert is the Shorebird Restaurant. This coastal eatery proudly presents a sophisticated, yet casual, spin on classic Americana flavors with influences from traditional seafood and steakhouses. Featuring a wood-fire grill and rotisserie, Shorebird’s signature dishes include Duroc Heritage Pork Chop with Brussels sprouts and brandy-poached apples, Faroe Island’s Salmon Mignon with a cauliflower purée, and Harris Ranch Prime Skirt Steak served with a red chimichurri sauce. For those looking for delicious, shareable plates, the Avocado Fries with a green goddess dressing, Twice Fried Chicken Wings with a chipotle gastrique, or items from the “Raw Bar " is great to start your meal.

Information: Coming soon. 73-061 El Paseo Suite 8, Palm Desert, CA 92260


Hoja Blanca

Founded by restaurateur Waldo Cesoni with the intention of becoming the destination point for a true Italian culinary experience, Waldo’s Ristorante pays homage to the essence of the great Italian American restaurants of the mid-20th century in New York. Waldo’s dinner menu is rife with signature, mouthwatering dishing like the trademark Puttanesca, with caper, anchovy, black olive, onion, and a hint of garlic combined in the most incredible penne sauce. For another culinary classic, try the Rack of Lamb, topped with burgundy wine reduction sauce and mint jelly on the side, served with mashed potatoes and veggies. Waldo's is set to open for dinner in October and lunch in November.

Information: Coming soon. 74970 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260


A retro airstream bar where craft cocktails meet Mexico City chic, Bar Chingona is a Greater Palm Springs destination for all things fresh, fruity, and fun. Choose from an exciting collection of classic cocktails and “margaritas chingona” boasting a variety of intoxicating flavors. Try the Brown Derby, a classic LA cocktail with Old Grandad bonded Bourbon, fresh grapefruit and lemon juices, honey water, up with a twist. If you’re feeling adventure, have a taste of the Chingona Diabla— a serrano-infused Tequila, with Ancho Reyes Verde, lime, tajín rim, and a Mexican lollipop on the side.

Information: Now open. 750 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262



With its new location set to open this fall, Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse will treat guests to an unforgettable Brazilian steakhouse experience through chef-driven cuisine, a world-class full bar, and unparalleled hospitality. At Churrasco , guests are surrounded by an energetic and luxurious atmosphere. The Brazilian “Churrasco” has been a tradition for generations in Southern Brazil, where Gauchos (Brazilian cowboys) pierced large pieces of meat and slowly grilled them over open-flamed pits. Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse carries on the churrasco tradition with rodizio (all-you-can-eat) dining where you can taste 15 all-you-can-enjoy meats (sliced tableside) and a fresh market table with sides and salads all for one set price.

Information: Coming soon450 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262


Freddie’s Kitchen at The Cole  is dedicated to becoming a local choice for great food, cocktails, and delicious wines at a reasonable price with personal attention. Serving French California cuisine with global flavors, this restaurant and bar were started by well-known Chef Frederic, who recently arrived from the small town of Mammoth Lakes Ski Resort. Fred was born initially in the Alsace region of France where he was classically trained and graduated with honors from Lycee Hotelier et Culinaire. He recently moved to Greater Palm Springs to open his restaurant. Dishes at Freddie’s Kitchen range from traditional Escargot a la Bourguignon and French Onion Soup to Braised Short Rib Rigatoni Bolognaise and Peppered Elk Medallions. For the sweet-hearted, Chef Frederick offers French Style Dark Chocolate Mouse and Tahitian Vanilla Bean Creme Brule.

Information: Now open. 2323 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262


This new modern Mexican-inspired nighttime hotspot brings all the flavors south of the border right here to the oasis. Hoja Blanca features staples like Tostadas with hamachi, avocado, aioli, English cucumber, salsa macha, and peanuts, or Steak Tacos made with rib-eye, burnt eggplant, cilantro chimichurri, allium, and salsa tatemada. For an irresistible seafood option, try the Aguachiles with white shrimp, salsa negra, red onion, radish, english cucumber, grapes, salsa macha, and tostaditas.

Information: Now open. 750 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262


I Heart Mac and Cheese

With cheese lovers specifically in mind, the new I Heart Mac & Cheese  is sure to appease your taste for all things salty and savory. This restaurant’s menu features signature items as well as build your own mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwich options, and even a “tacoroni” option with your choice of mac and cheese flavor stuffed in a crunchy taco shell. Gluten-free and vegan (Beyond Meat) options are also available. For a hot meal that satisfies your cravings, have a taste of the Chicken Parmesan Mac & Cheese, made with your choice of pasta, broccoli, cauliflower, or quinoa as your base, with chicken, cheese sauce, marinara, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pesto. If you’re in the mood for something more decadent, try the Lobster & White Truffle Mac & Cheese, made with muenster cheese, and finished with lobster cream, white truffle oil, and scallions.

Information: Now open. 190 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Dining Around The Desert: Sol y Sombra, Cathedral City

You’ll find a Spanish-fusion tapas menu with locally sourced meats, spices, and produce and indoor-outdoor poolside service.


the paloma resort cathedral city

Sol y Sombra’s pool bar at The Paloma Resort in Cathedral City.

This article below is written by the author named above. My experience is noted here:

My team and I joined our friend Leslie for dinner at Sol y Sombra on their 2nd night of being open, so we considered that they might not have all the bugs worked out yet. We were right, but overall it was a good experience.

The hotel is tucked away on a side street but was easy to find, and there was a valet and plenty of parking on the street. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated promptly in the cute little dining room as it was quite hot outside. The atmosphere was very festive, and the lighting and ambiance reminded me of being in Spain and visiting the spice shops.

Once a server came over, and we could order cocktails, it took about 20 minutes to get them. This was the situation for the entire evening. Not sure if they just were not prepared, were understaffed, or what the problem was. That being said, the cocktails and wine were all quite good.

We ordered a variety of tapas and enjoyed all of them, especially the muscles and Croquetas de Jamon e Queso. The only disappointing item was the empanadas. For $13 we expected more than the three very small ones, about the size of a half dollar each, that we received.

For our main course, we shared a couple of orders of Seafood Paella. The rice was wonderful, and it was all cooked perfectly.

We will be back!

And now the article from Palm Springs Life...

What’s better than tapas and tequila with friends? Tapas and tequila with friends by the pool.

When a San Francisco–based hospitality group set out to transform a 1930s adobe in Cathedral City into the centerpiece of a 66-suite boutique hotel and spa, they tapped local chef and hospitality guru Chad Gardner as a partner to conceptualize and helm the on-site restaurant and bar.

Gardner, originally from the Bay Area and a Palm Springs resident for about 15 years, is responsible for such hot spots as 533 Viet Fusion, Roly China Fusion, and 1501 Uptown Gastropub in Palm Springs as well as Willie’s Modern Fare in Rancho Mirage and Dash and a Handful, a catering and events company. Each has its own personality. At The Paloma, the same holds true for Sol y Sombra — and the attached 14-seater Poca Sombra tequila speakeasy — where you’ll find a Spanish-fusion tapas menu with locally sourced meats, spices, and produce and indoor-outdoor poolside service.

We spoke with Gardner ahead of the official opening to get the scoop on this splashy new venture.


“I’ve dabbled with Moroccan and Indian spices and Spanish saffrons throughout my career, so I really [wanted] to do a Spanish tapas restaurant. I’m one of those chefs that colors outside the lines, so you’re going to see different influences even though it’s Spanish. There’s going to be something for everyone, [including] vegetarian and vegan options.”


“A mixologist will come around with a bar cart and mix different cocktails. So, if there’s something in particular that you want, you’ll give him or her some flavor profiles, and the mixologist will create a cocktail for you, right on the spot. We’ll have signature cocktails in addition to a full bar and a full Spanish wine list.”


“In addition to cabanas, the citrus suite at the foot of the swimming pool is a day suite that we’re going to offer with butler service for food, and bottle service. It’ll include six chaise lounges and be a really VIP experience … and it can be reserved. We really want people to come and enjoy this space. It’s a little bit off the beaten path.”

Best Sweet Treats

While you're in the mood to indulge, try the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie, Best Place for Tea and Chocolate, Best Date Shake, and Best Horchata Latte.



the sandwich spot palm springs

These scrumptious chocolate chip cookies are made fresh daily at The Sandwich Spot in Palm Springs.

What is it about a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that’s so irresistible? Natalie Keenberg, one of the friendly faces behind the counter at The Sandwich Spot in Palm Springs hits the nail on the head for me: “It’s just nostalgic,” she says. The version at this lunchtime hot spot is one of my favorites. Their approach — a “house secret,” according to Keenberg, from the recipe logs of late owner Corey Saldana, who grew up baking alongside his mother — results in an extra-wide and uniformly slim chocolate-chipper that’s slightly crisp around the edges and perfectly soft and breakable at the center. Though The Sandwich Spot has privately owned locations throughout California, and in Reno, Nevada, you will find Saldana’s cookie only at this outpost. “The cookie is a mainstay, and we make them fresh daily,” Keenberg says.  “It’s the perfect size for sharing. Or not sharing.”

The Real Italian Deli, with locations in Palm Desert and Palm Springs, takes an altogether different — but equally delicious — approach. “Our baker makes a really thick cookie,” says manager Jairo Quintanilla Flores. “You’re going to want a glass of milk.” It is taller and thicker than most, which means the center stays doughier. If for some tortuous reason you must resist immediate consumption, that doughy center translates to a cookie that’s still soft the second day.

Like the one at The Sandwich Spot, this crumbly confection often sells out. So take your lunch break early and order an extra if you can.


Cali Rosina Tea Shop in Old Town La Quinta.


Regulars who pop into Old Town La Quinta’s restaurants, galleries, and boutiques may not have realized they needed a specialty tea shop, where dozens of hot and iced drinks join a global assortment of loose-leaf teas and chocolate bars. But they got it.

The door to Cali Rosina Tea Shop swings open and closed almost nonstop as co-owner Jodie Smith pours samples of the freshest, fruitiest, most flavorful iced teas into tiny paper cups for customers wracked with indecision. The spa-worthy Poolside blends lavender, lemon, and coconut. More lemon squeezes into Palmer drinks flavored by strawberry, peach, hibiscus, and mango. From ceremonial-grade matchas with homemade coconut cream to the ice-blended Cold Frosts, drinks receive sweetener only by request (choose agave, maple syrup, or honey).

About 270 artisan chocolate bars in gift-ready sleeves surpass any assortment for miles. — Lisa Marie Hart


I first had a date shake on a dare at The Malt Shop near Lake Arrowhead when I was about 10. I loved it, especially the bottom of the glass, where the date gravel gathered. I have since discovered some significant differences in this unique, SoCal classic. There’s Hadley Fruit Orchards’ well-priced ($4.95) but insipid shake in Cabazon and Oasis Date Gardens’ excellent, super-datey shake, but the latter is still curbside only, closed on weekends during the summer, and too far to drive to unless you’re on your way to the Salton Sea. Shields Date Garden, of course, invented the date crystal in 1936. This translates to a smooth, date-infused concoction. It’s dark and creamy and a pretty good deal at $7.95 for a 22-ounce shake. My favorite is from Lappert’s Ice Cream, with locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. They make them in front of you with three scoops of vanilla, three scoops of date ice cream, and a couple scoops of date paste crafted from Coachella Valley dates. Add some whole milk, blend, top with whipped cream, and Bob’s your uncle. The difference is in the quality of the ice cream, and Lappert’s is heads above the competition. OK, $8.95 for 16 ounces is pricey, but if you only indulge in a date shake once or twice a year, like I do, it’s worth it. — Kent Black


Lappert’s Ice Cream has locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert.


 Sixth Street Coffee in Coachella is known for its coffee as well as its community of coffee aficionados. But their caffeinated selections don’t stop at americanos and cold brew. The specialty lattes here are some of the best in the Coachella Valley, ranging from lavender-rose to chocolate Mazapan, but it’s the iced horchata latte that has us singing this coffee shop’s praises. Horchata is a beverage that’s popular in Mexico and Spain and is made by steeping grains and nuts in water and then sweetening the mixture with sugar and spicing it up with cinnamon. Adding a shot of espresso gives this sweet beverage a much-appreciated kick, making it a perfect caffeinated refresher. — Catherine Downes


Horchata Latte at Sixth Street Coffee in Coachella.

26 Spots to Enjoy a Taste of Summer in the Desert

From cool libations and frozen treats to international cuisine and farm-to-table creations, Greater Palm Springs offers a variety of taste experiences.


tommy bahamas restaurant palm desert

Tommy Bahamas Restaurant in Palm Desert.


Fancy a side of vibrant views with your dinner? Grab a table on the outdoor balcony at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert, where you can try Hawaiian-inspired cuisine set against a magical mountain backdrop. Or take the elevator to the top floor of the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs for dinner at 4 Saints, which features California fare along with sweeping views of the city. The Edge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage indeed rides the edge of the mountaintop, 650 feet above the valley floor, providing next-level views alongside a fine-dining menu that includes charred octopus, foraged mushrooms, and house-aged steaks.


Looking for a nightcap after dark? In Palm Springs, Bootlegger Tiki serves up colorful handcrafted creations with gorgeous garnishes amid classic Polynesian décor. El Paseo’s stylish, speakeasy-esque Libation Room mixes inventive craft cocktails like a cherry-wood-smoked old fashioned with small plates that are sure to satisfy the munchies. Both deliver dark and sultry vibes.


Shields Date Garden.


A visit to the Coachella Valley should always include downing a date shake, so be sure to visit the almost century-old Shields Date Garden in Indio to sample this creamy local concoction. For artisanal gelato, pop into Palm Springs’ Gelato Granucci, scooping rotating flavors including amaretto, pistachio, and options infused with locally made treats like Joshua Tree Coffee and Brandini Toffee. And though it’s no longer affiliated with the Hawaii-based chain, you’ll still find fun aloha-inspired flavors like lychee and caramel coconut macadamia at Lappert’s Ice Cream in Palm Desert and Palm Springs.


Boozehounds in Palm Springs.


Sip a midday refresher with your four-legged friend at Boozehounds in Palm Springs. The hot spot welcomes dogs on the expansive patio and even offers Fido his own food menu. If you’d rather people-watch along Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs, pull up a stool and order a marvelous martini at Lulu California Bistro, smack in the middle of it all.


When you want to sample a little of everything, there’s no better route than tapas-style bites. You’ll find a full menu of them at Palm Springs cocktail bar Truss & Twine with cuisine like Sichuan-style chicken wings, citrus-marinated olives, and deviled eggs. Sidle up to the bar at Willie’s Modern Fare in Rancho Mirage and pair your cocktail with sharables like a charcuterie plate for two, mini beef tenderloin, and roasted beets atop whipped black-pepper crème fraîche.


Wally's Desert Turtle in Rancho Mirage.


Whether it’s an anniversary, engagement, or just a chance to finally get together with friends and family again, many swanky spots are worthy of a special celebration. In Palm Springs, go classic French on the starlit patio at Le Vallauris, have an old-school experience (while listening to crooning piano players) at Melvyn’s Restaurant, feast on innovative seasonal fare at the industrial-style Workshop Kitchen & Bar, or indulge in a top-notch omakase of melt-in-your-mouth fish at Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey. For fine cuisine down valley, try the caviar service at Wally’s Desert Turtle or prime steaks, seafood, and sides at Mastro’s Steakhousein Palm Desert, which hosts live music nightly in the lounge.


Babe's Bare-B-Que & Brewery.


The desert’s beer scene is getting frothy with options like Thousand Palms’ Coachella Valley Brewing Company, where brewers use local products including citrus and honey to create their IPAs, lagers, and sour beers. At three La Quinta Brewing Co. taprooms, you can sample valley-themed brews like the Heatwave Amber Ale, Even Par IPA, or Poolside Blonde. In Rancho Mirage, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery pours award-winning housemade suds to wash down a menu of sticky ribs, scratch-made tamales, and lobster mac and cheese.


Kobe Japanese Steak House in Rancho Mirage.


Specialties from dim sum to dumplings and short ribs to sea bass satay rule at Palm Springs modern Chinese eatery Roly China Fusion, with an art-covered dining room and poolside patio. For a taste of Thailand, order cuisine like pad see-ew and Panang curry at nearby Thai Smile (also in Palm Desert). For live-action eating, book a front-row seat at one of the teppanyaki tables at Kobe Japanese Steak House in Rancho Mirage.



Citrus & Palm is inside the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.

For scratch-made seasonal dishes centered around produce from local farms, head to June Hill’s Table, hidden within The Polo Club in Indio, where you’ll spy veggie-topped pizzas, stir fries, fresh fish dishes, and a quinoa tabbouleh. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa’s restaurant, Citrus & Palm, touts fresh Med-inspired cuisine like Faroe Island salmon, a vegetable tagine, and a Brussels-and-quinoa salad you can enjoy on an olive grove patio. The chefs grow their own citrus and herbs on-site.


Fresh Picked in Greater Palm Springs
Agriculture is a major industry in the Coachella Valley. So, what are the top crops?

“Ninety-five percent of dates grown in the United States are grown right here. The Coachella Valley grows and harvests crops 11 months out of the year, including everything from citrus and table grapes to okra and eggplant. Driving around the eastern valley can be an incredible sight — come to the east end, see the beauty, feel the earth, and smell the abundance of crops. When people interact with their food, there is a visceral reaction that leads to a newfound appreciation of what it takes to stock the grocery store shelves.”

Mark Tadros, date farmer and president, Aziz Farms; co-founder, CV Harvest Box

Dining Around The Desert: Slice Italia, La Quinta

New La Quinta Restaurant

Slice Italia opened up on July 5th, 2022 in the old Bucatini space.

Slice Italia strives to deliver the best N.Y. Style Pizza and Italian dishes in a casual and fun atmosphere in the Coachella Valley. Slice Italia is the best of both worlds! They combine a New York pizzeria with a full-service, full-menu Italian restaurant. Slice Italia is the place to come for a quick slice, salad, or sandwich during your lunch break or to bring the family for dinner to order off of their "Build Your Own" pasta menu where the possibilities are endless. With flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant and located right next to the movie theaters, Slice Italia is the place to come for a bite before the movies or to watch your favorite sports teams play.
Michael and I stopped in on Wednesday, and they had a decent crowd, lots of staff on the floor, and our favorite chef, Nina, on the line. Nina has been there since it was Bucatini, and we were delighted to see her.
The menu has a good selection of salads, heroes, pasta, seafood, and chicken dishes, along with a few things that seem odd for an Italian place such as Fish & Chips, Fish Tacos, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and an All American Burger, but if it works, it works. They have another location in Rancho Mirage, so it's not their first rodeo.
I had the Pesto Cream + Chicken featuring ziti pasta, pesto cream, chicken breast, and mozzarella. It was outstanding! It was a very generous portion, and I took half of it home. It was just as good the next day.
Michael had the Cajun Shrimp Pasta made with cheese tortellini, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a cajun cream sauce. None of his made it home!
We had a couple of glasses of the Conundrum Red and it was very reasonably priced.
We are really pleased to see what seems like it will be a great neighborhood restaurant take over the Bucatini space, and we are looking forward to going back again soon to check out more of the menu.
46-660 Washington St.
La Quinta, CA 92253
Sunday - Thursday: 11 AM - 8 PM
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM - 9 PM

Dining Around The Desert: Zin American Bistro, Palm Springs

Open since 2004 in Palm Springs

I'm late to the party with knowing about Zin in Palm Springs as it's a favorite of my team member Betsy Justice.

Since opening in 2004, Zin American Bistro has been the place to go for wine, creative, fresh, locally sourced cuisine and craft cocktails. Their heated and cooled large patio is perfect for Champagne brunches, relaxed lunches and late night dining.

With 17 consecutive Wine Spectator Awards, including five consecutive Best of Award of Excellence and the incredible pricing, their wine list is one of the best in the valley.

Michael and I found ourselves in Palm Springs last week and since it was restaurant week, we decided to take the opportunity to try a  place that was new to us.

Although they have a very nice patio, it was the hottest day of the year at that point and we elected to sit inside at the bar.

Michael started out with a Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned made with Redemption Rye, Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur Orange Bitters and a Luxardo Cherry, and I enjoyed the Watermelon-Mint Gimlet with Racquet Club Vodka, Local Watermelon Juice, Mint and Lime. Both were very well made and we'd have them again.

The Restaurant Week menu was three courses. One of us had a Half Wedge Salad, Country Fried Chicken with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and country gravy, while the other one had Cantaloupe Gazpacho and Classic Moules Mariners & Frites. You can likely figure out who had what. For desert we shared Creme Brûlée and Cheesecake. We also shared a nice bottle of Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc which was perfect for the weather.

The regular menu has a wide variety of items from Chicken Schnitzel to Braised Short Ribs, to Cauliflower Steak and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

It's a pleasing atmosphere, right on the main drag with very good service, and excellent food. We'll be back!

Read more about Zin America Bistro and view the menu here...


198 S. Palm Canyon Drive,
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Lunch Everyday

Monday, Thursday, Friday,: 11AM - 3PM

Brunch / Lunch

Saturday & Sunday: 9AM - 3PM


Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday:  Beginning at 4:30PM

Happy Hour

Monday - Saturday 11am - 3, 4:30 - 6

Open holidays with special prix fixe menu.

Reservations strongly recommended for dinner

Please call 760-322-6300 to be placed on Brunch waitlist

Dining Around The Desert: Porta Via, Palm Desert

My friend Ambria wrote this article and I thought she did a great job, so why reinvent the wheel? I've added my own notes and photos.

This New Palm Desert Restaurant Will Be Your Go-to Dining Destination

Add This Newbie to Your Foodie Bucket List

As you enter through the green front doors flanked by breeze blocks, a vibrant interior is unveiled with brass details, warm millwork and an exquisite terrazzo-tiled floor. Complete with heaters and misters, the patio of Palm Desert’s all-new Porta Via is shaded by a stunning pergola and offers diners a front-row view of the surrounding mountains.

Credit: George Duchannes

Porta Via at The Shops on El Paseo is the fourth restaurant location for owner Peter Garland. The new addition to Palm Desert fills the 5,000-square-foot space at the corner of El Paseo and Ocotillo Dr, which was previously occupied by Escada. For the restaurant design, Garland partnered with LA Times Top 25 Designer Sophie Goineau to incorporate the midcentury design elements the desert is so famously known for. This is the third time this duo has collaborated on a space, and guests are sure to be smitten by the stunning attention to detail throughout the venue. “A neighborhood restaurant with a world-class feel” is how Garland describes the vibe they embody at Porta Via Palm Desert.

Described as an upscale-California bistro, Porta Via features seasonal and organic ingredients while serving weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The menu at Porta Via was inspired by Garland’s cooking philosophy: combine the best seasonal, organic ingredients and prepare them simply.

Credit: George Duchannes

Menu highlights include the Porta Via Salad (fresh butter lettuce, sweet Maui onion, dill, chervil, French feta and avocado, all tossed in a housemade champagne shallot vinaigrette) along with the Grilled Ōra King Salmon, Butternut Squash Tortellini and Chef Brennens daily oyster and raw-bar selections. Also featured are artisan-inspired cocktails using locally sourced fruits, herbs and wines from small producers with sustainable and organic practices, in extension of the restaurant’s philosophy. A selection of champagne and sparkling wine are offered for celebratory events.

From healthy to hearty, the innovative menu will have something for everyone. “We are looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming the community,” shares Porta Via General Manager Rebecca Elliott. “Personally, I’m so excited to build upon the relationships I’ve nurtured in my years of hospitality and provide a warm welcome to the people of Palm Desert.”

The restaurant hopes to create a place in Palm Desert where locals and tourists alike will be welcomed by a hospitality-centered staff. “Whether it be brunch with friends, a business luncheon or a date night out, Porta Via Palm Desert will be the place you’ll want to meet,” says Elliott. Those familiar with her know the special touches she adds to a dining experience and the genuine warmth she brings to each guest.

Officially opened on May 5th, Porta Via is a vibrant and welcomed addition to El Paseo and the desert dining scene.

Sheri's notes:

Michael and I were greeted warmly by the several hosts and seated quickly at one of the half booths with views out to the patio and street.  I really like the entire vibe and color scheme as it echoes my office colors and feel.

We started off with a couple of the house specialty drinks. I had Summer In A Glass which is organic vodka, watermelon, lemonade, and mint. Michael had the Island Old Fashioned, made with 15-year aged rum, pineapple, Luxardo Cherry, orange syrup, and bitters. Both were great and we can't wait to try more of the specialty drinks.

We then shared the Tuna Tower as an appetizer which was light and refreshing. I had the Butternut Squash Ravioli with arugula and a white wine sage cream sauce, and Michael had the Brick-Pressed Roasted Chicken with sauteed green chard, mashed potatoes, and a rosemary citrus sauce.

Everything was expertly prepared, our server, Sebastian, was very attentive, as were the bussers and the rest of the staff.

Clearly, the owners of Porta Via know what they are doing, and have good training in place. We'll be returning for a team dinner in a couple of weeks and we are all looking forward to it.

Porta Via Palm Desert

Porta Via Palm Desert
73100 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Dining Around Laguna Beach: Splashes, Sapphire, Ysidro

Those of you who have been with me for a long time know that I lost my late husband, Bill, in 2016 to a glioblastoma brain tumor. In 2018, I met Michael, and we got engaged in 2019. Well, we finally pulled the trigger and got married on April 1st!

We went to the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach for a few days as a quick get-away. One of the wonderful things about that area is so many great restaurants and the fabulous ocean, of course. And it’s only 2 hours away from the desert.

I’m not going to detail every last meal, but rather give you the highlights, as I highly recommend all of these restaurants.

The first night we dined with good friends Dean and Debbie at Ysidora at The Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The service was outstanding, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the company couldn't have been better, (along with that vintage bottle of Dom from Dean and Deb) and we all went away very glad that we’d had our first night’s dinner there.

The next night we went to Sapphire in Laguna Beach. We sat outside on their spacious patio and made good use of all the heaters as April at the beach is NOT April in the desert!

We started with cast iron roasted brussels sprouts, Romanesco cauliflower, and Kurobuta Pork Belly. Outstanding!

Michael had the crispy duroc pork schnitzel with maitake mushrooms, garden herb spaetzle, baby rainbow carrots, Meyer lemon, and basil emulsion.

I went lighter and had the chardonnay steamed Manilla clams, Mexican white prawns, and P.E.I. mussels with saffron pearl couscous, Spanish chorizo, melted garlic, and charred tomato broth.
Even though we were stuffed, we managed to find room for the Meyer lemon crème Brulee.

We will definitely be back the next time we are in the area.

As we stayed at the Surf and Sand, we had lunch at Splashes one day, which was very good. I had the Avocado Toast with heirloom tomatoes, poached eggs, shaved radish, and everything seasoning. Michael had the Grass-Fed Burger with Fresno onion jam, pepper jack, tomato, pickles, and truffle aioli.

My mom joined us for dinner one night. She had fish tacos, I had seared scallops with crisp enoki mushrooms, pickled cauliflower, puffed quinoa, and a tellicherry pomegranate reduction. Michael had lobster bisque and Icelandic cod in brick dough with purple sweet potato, heirloom carrots, heart of palm salad, yuzu, and white soy gel.

I’ve never had anything less than a stellar meal at Splashes, and this was no exception. It’s the one place I always go to in Laguna.

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