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Cynthia Moreno Walks Us Through Palm Springs’ Foodie Scene

Written By: Cynthia Moreno
Photographed By: Bianca Simonian

I like to consider Palm Springs as my home away from home. Just two hours east of Los Angeles, it’s a desert oasis getaway. I’m obsessed with the picturesque desert mountain landscapes and the unmatched midcentury architecture that lines every street. It’s a perfect vacation spot for me where design meets destination and everything about it says, “Here—lay in this chaise lounge by the pool while I get you a piña colada and a magazine.” Of course, not to be outshined by the scenery and cocktails and perhaps more important than anything else, Palm Springs has some of the best places to eat, which I just have to tell you about!



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.

849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262



Located in the ARRIVE Hotel, Reservoir pulls out all the stops when it comes to munching. We took our seats in the outdoor dining area, which runs along poolside, enjoying the gentle breeze. It’s no secret I love breakfast, or anything that even remotely looks like breakfast, and Reservoir’s Shakshuka hit the spot.

1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste B
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Counter Reformation

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 the most impressive was the grilled prawns.

4200 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264

Truss & Twine

There are few more wonderful things in the world than an assorted platter of fine, salted meats and funky cheeses. For this reason, but not this reason alone, I have to recommend the charcuterie at Truss & Twine. It’s like someone looked into my dreams and then opened a restaurant based on them.

800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste F
Palm Springs, CA 92262



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.

622 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Rooster and The Pig

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 hesitance 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.

356 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262  



I sat down for FARM’s prix-fixe menu, which changes daily, but always includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, palate cleanser, entree and desert. This place gets the trés magnifique award. I will be coming back and I will be eating my way through their menu post haste!

6 La Plaza
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Workshop Kitchen + Bar

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.

800 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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

All In: 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.

Star Struck: 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.

Native Knowledge: Reservoir gets its name from the city’s first reservoir, which sits next door to the restaurant and was built in Palm springs over 90 years ago to serve Palm Springs’ first golf course.

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