Best Margaritas: Mexican restaurants dot the landscape in Palm Springs. Some are good, some not so good. Some are authentic, more are not. If, however, you are in the mood for a stiff margarita made with premium tequila, some free chips and salsa and maybe even a live band, Las Casuelas Terraza is where it’s at.
Best Steakhouse: Gotta be LG’s Prime Steakhouse. Like any true steakhouse, a standard meal consists of potatoes or creamed spinach, a salad, and of course a big ol’ hunk of beef. The beef here is particularly big and particularly good, and there are a number of delectable sauces to choose from. Whichever fate you choose, make sure to start with a Caesar salad, as they’re excellent here.
Best Breakfast: This one definitely has to go to Cheeky’s, the go-to breakfast and brunch place in town. The food is all organic and there are some unusual and creative takes on the usual dishes — think lemon curd waffles, breakfast quesadillas, and flights of bacon.
Best Vegetarian: Variety can be hard to find for vegetarians and especially vegans at restaurants, but the cafe at Nature’s Health Food store does a pretty good job of mixing it up. Burritos, sandwiches, soups and shakes are a few of the many options.
Best Pasta: Don’t miss out on dining at Johnny Costa’s Ristorante, where the people-watching alone is worth a visit, but it’s the pastas that will keep you coming back for more. Ignore the lady with the bouffant and the Sinatra impersonator after your seafood linguine or cioppino comes out — you’ll want to focus on this.
Best Sushi: The chefs at Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse cook the food here teppan-yaki style, on a large stovetops in front of each table, and make the whole experience quite entertaining and fun. The star here, though, is the sushi bar. The sashimi is super fresh, or try the seafood cocktail or poke for something a little more out of the ordinary.
Best French: Consistently rated one of the best restaurants in town, Le Vallauris has the best in French style (long, superb prix fixe menus) but incorporates some Californian influences and flavors into the innovative dishes. And the service and ambience are top of the line.
[photo courtesy of D Sharon Pruitt]