Monday, January 24, 2011

Palm Springs eats: What's new in the desert

a picnic in the Indian canyons is always a good plan in the winter months

Known more for pools, movies and mid-century architecture than for good food, Palm Springs continues to slowly add some better eating opportunities -- at least enough to fill a long weekend lounging poolside. 

Birba is a new cocktail bar/pizza spot next to Cheeky's
During last week's trip to the Palm Springs Film Festival, we couldn't pass up a trip to Cheeky's, the desert's best spot for breakfast and lunch. By now, the owners of Cheeky's have opened Birba, a pizza restaurant and cocktail bar next door that was just about to open when we were there. With its large patio along Palm Canyon Drive, herb garden and a full bar, Birba is likely to be hopping all spring.
customize a bloody mary at the King's Highway
Another favorite stop is King's Highway in the Ace Hotel, where we spotted the bloody mary bar, a fun stop for brunch. Construct a bloody mary to your exact specifications to go with chilequiles or ricotta pancakes, or order a big pot of Stumptown coffee.
Walking around the grounds of The Parker Palm Springs feels like a trip to a remote land, one much quieter and more well-decorated country than our own. The Parker's breakfast spot Norma's is now open also for dinner as an alternative to Mr. Parkers's restaurant. If you just need a little something sweet, try the pie milkshake cart or two petite pies in flavors like banoffee and espresso pecan. (King's Highway also has some good-looking pies.)
Next time, maybe we'll check out the new and expanded Cowboy Way BBQ -- they've moved out of the former Greyhound bus station to a much larger spot further down Palm Canyon; and the cafe at Shield's Date Gardens in Indio, which has added date tamales and date pancakes to the traditional date shakes.
Here's more on Palm Springs:
Cheeky's review
King's Highway review
Matchbox Pizza review

(Birba photo courtesy Birba's Facebook page)

7 comments: said...

it's true!! palm springs has some great restaurants within a few blocks. the BEST is COPLEY'S ON PALM CANYON.

Cupcakes and Cutlery said...

Matchbox Pizza has some pretty yummy stuff and strong girly cocktails but I've been dying to try Cheeky's! I might have to add a day to my trip just to eat all the food!

Anonymous said...

The headline is a bit misleading. Other than Birba, none of these restaurants are new.

Shaun Alexander Photography said...

Match box is my favorite !!! . Delicious food with the beautiful view from balcony. :-)

Recipe For Lasagna said...

Match box is my favorite too...its nice to visit that place :)

For Love of Exploration said...

The restaurant scene in the desert cities has grown drastically over the last 20 years, both in quality and diversity. I have been heading out there every year and have watched it change and grow. Thanks for the heads up about Birba. I have added it to my must try.

David Ng said...

Last time I was in the desert, I didn't know where to eat.

No problems no though.