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We Explored the Greater Palm Springs Foodie Scene to Feed Our Bellies and Instagrams

Written By: Cynthia Moreno & Deanna Nguyen
Photographed By: Bianca Simonian Palm Springs Foodie

A foodie travels near and far for the best and trendiest food spots in order to not only satisfy their stomachs but also their Instagram feed. There is no doubt Greater Palm Springs has plenty of mouth-watering yet aesthetically-pleasing plates for the hungry! The desert oasis invites innovative, culinary ideas that, as a result, hit all of the notes on your flavor palate while keeping your Instagram fed. Here are some foodie spots that are worth the drive around the desert!

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1 | The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge Palm Springs Foodie

Must-Order: El Paseo Specialty Roll

We top off our trip with creative sushi dishes at The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge. But make no mistake: the Venue is not your average sushi restaurant. There are many delightful surprises for first-time visitors (from fresh takes on classic Japanese dishes, to exotic specialty cocktails), and the Venue is also well known to locals as the spot to gather.

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
73-111 El Paseo, Ste 103
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.346.1500

2 | Acqua California Bistro Palm Springs Foodie

Must-Order: Signature Meatloaf

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Who says you have to go for something different when you can return to the classics such as Acqua California Bistro’s Signature Meatloaf? Known for their award-winning breakfast, the bistro is serving up plenty of dishes worth trying no matter the time of day. Make sure to save room for dessert—the Floating Island is their award-winning, classic French dessert!

Acqua California Bistro
71-800 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760.862.9800

3 | Eight4Nine

Must-Order: Grilled Scottish Steelhead

Our next stop on this palatable extravaganza was a dining essential in Palm Springs, the ever-unique Eight4Nine. The eclectic décor is as daring as their dishes and I couldn’t have asked for more. I could go on and on about the mouth-watering dishes that made my heart sing, but what really stood out was the Grilled Scottish Steelhead.

Native Knowledge: Eight4Nine was cast into the national spotlight when the “Shahs of Sunset” filmed there, helping make Eight4Nine one of the go-to destinations in Palm Springs.

Eight4Nine
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.325.8490

4 | Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Must-Order: Duck Fat Fries

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Before I even sat down at Workshop Kitchen + Bar, this former theatre was scoring major points on everything from their huge communal dining table to their cutlery. But let’s be honest, we’re here to eat and eat we did. I like to consider myself somewhat of a French fry aficionado—no big deal—and I concur they knocked it out of the park with the Duck Fat Fries.

Workshop Kitchen + Bar
800 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.459.3451

5 | Counter Reformation

Must-Order: Grilled Prawns

Just walking into the Counter Reformation, you know you are in for a special experience. Put together by one of my favorite designers, Jonathan Adler, this cozy, evening spot is devoted to rare wines and delectable small plates. All the dishes I tried were scrumptious, but the one I found most impressive was the Grilled Prawns.

Native Knowledge: The entrance door to Counter Reformation and the vestibule inside at the end of the counter actually came from a church in Italy!

Counter Reformation
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.770.5000

6 | Cheeky’s

Must-Order: Breakfast Quesadilla

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s all about the bacon and I’m all about Cheeky’s! This super comfy little spot has perfected the most important meal of the day, and although I think that is every meal, they certainly take breakfast to the next level.

Cheeky’s
622 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.327.7595

7 | Rooster and The Pig

Must-Order: Panko-Crusted Chicken Stuffed Rice Ball

Next, we headed to Rooster and The Pig. Now, I have to admit that, although I am generally a fan of exotic spices, I have had a small hesitancy towards curry in the past. For shame, I know, but fear not because after tasting the coconut curry rice ball, you can now consider this girl a curry fanatic.

Native Knowledge: The owner of Rooster and The Pig, Tai Spendley, sold his house using every bit of his finances to open the restaurant. Being on a budget, Spendley built all the tables in the dining room and the huge shelving display that covers one side of the restaurant.

Rooster and The Pig
356 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.832.6691

8 | La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar

Must-Order: Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We made a stop at La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar where their house specialities are their meats—pork, chicken, beef, the whole shebang! Once you get a taste of their Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs, you won’t be able to taste any other short ribs the same way again. Many of their food options are gluten-free, so it’s a win for everyone!

La Quinta Cliffhouse Grill & Bar
78250 Hwy 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.360.5991