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Mitch Epstein, Mitch’s on El Paseo Prime Seafood  

Restaurant owner Mitch Epstein brings his 31 years of experience to Palm Desert. Epstein partnered his entrepreneurial expertise with master sushi chef James Holder to deliver some of the best seafood around. Serving sushi, seafood, steak and more, Mitch’s combines picturesque views of Palm Desert landscape with delicious dining.

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Piero Pierattoni, Piero’s PizzaVino and Ristorante Mamma Gina  

Piero Pierattoni was born to be a chef as he comes from a family with generations of Italian cooks, which inspired him to bring the Italian flavors of his home country to Palm Desert. With his wife and co-owner Sheri Pierattoni, Piero specializes in crafting handmade, brick oven pizzas and pastas.

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Deborah Dawn Quinn, FIX

Deborah Dawn Quinn is glad to say, that they have been on El Paseo since 1997, and the bakery, since 1985. Her hobbies include flying with a private pilot license, inspiring the airplane decor at FIX. Her father is Chan Romero, who is in the rockabilly hall of fame and she is very proud of him.

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Engin Onural, The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

Over a decade of love for sushi and still going strong. The venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge has the most innovative and delicious sushi in the Coachella Valley, and has been awarded “Best Sushi” every year since they opened our doors almost seven years ago.

Kelly McFall and Kreg Alexander, Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe  

Kelly McFall and her brother Kreg Alexander are the owners of Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe in Palm Desert, located at The Gardens on El Paseo bringing comfort food favorites with a twist. McFall has been in the hospitality industry all of her life from quick serve, to fine dining and gourmet coffee. Alexander not only had hospitality experience, but he was also a paramedic. McFall says that the blend of their experience and skills is like a marriage; they each bring something to the table and the combination makes them a stronger team.


Armando Alvarez, Armando’s Dakota Bar and Grill

For a family meal around a table filled with steaming Mexican flavors, or for a Taco Tuesday hotspot, head over to Armando’s. With chips, guacamole, margaritas and tacos, you will find all the fixings for a fiesta.


Steve & Kate Leech, JC’s Patio Café

JC’s Patio Café first opened its doors in 1987. As a family owned restaurant, JC’s provides diners with a cozy and inviting environment. Famous for their fresh, healthy food and open-air patio, the café is the perfect place for weekend brunch.


Matthew Creighton, Thai Smile

Serving Thai and Malaysian dishes, Thai Smile brings the flavors of Southeast Asia to Palm Desert. Matthew Creighton is the owner of Thai Smile, PIK is the Executive Chef who cooks the authentic foods. Their menu is filled with traditional meals, and each plate is artfully designed and covered with their special Thai sauces.


Suchada Soramaki, Blue Orchid Thai Bistro

If you are looking for a flavorful meal and friendly service, look no further than Blue Orchid. The traditional herbs and spices of Southeast Asia form the foundation of their menu, with plenty of spicy dishes and a variety of curries.


Guillermo Avalos, Guillermo’s Restaurante

Guillermo’s is a family owned restaurant serving high-quality Mexican food. Not only do they prepare an array of colorful dishes, they also serve over 300 types of tequila. For those who are more daring, Guillermo’s invites you to try the Strawberry Sriracha Margarita.


Maitre d’ Antoine and Eddie Babai, Le Paon Restaurant

For elegant French dining, come to Le Paon. Owned and operated by the Babai brothers, Le Paon combines traditional French cooking styles with contemporary cuisine. You can pair any of their classic dishes with one of their fine wines.


Mario Marfia, Il Corso

Chef and owner Mario Marfia brings fine, authentic Italian dining to El Paseo. His experience of working as chef in the Mediterranean has made him a master craftsman of homemade pastas, wood oven pizzas, meats and cocktails. Make sure to save room for one of his renowned desserts.


Didier Blochm, Cafe des Beaux-Arts

Didier Bloch grew up in Paris and went to school at Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne in Switzerland.  He had a restaurant in Geneva and has also worked in hotel and restaurants in France,Tahiti, and Canada.  He moved to Palm Desert in 1993 to open Cafe des Beaux-Arts making this season his 25th year serving traditional French bistro dishes on the corner of El Paseo and Larkspur.