Palm Springs Guide: 18 Places to Eat, Drink & Stay Now

Published March 10, 2023, in my The Bold Italic column:

Palm Springs midcentury glory is a major draw for a lifelong retro girl like me. At home, I’ve long decorated midcentury in my San Francisco 1890’s Victorians, just as I’ve dressed with 1940s-50’s influence since I was a teen, collected vintage barware and books and have been literally weaned on the films and music of that era and beyond.

Here is my Palm Springs guide with two hotel recommendations, two coffee shops, seven mid-range and seven fast casual spots, outlining highs — and when relevant, lows.


Palm Springs’ snowy mountains and palms on a January day

Reviewed in my Guide:
La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta
Hotel Paseo, Palm Desert
Sleek Design, Big City Menu: Workshop Kitchen+Bar
Intimate Bar Seating, Smart Small Plates & Wine: Counter Reformation
City Chic Bar for Bites & Cocktails: Bar Cecil
Mexican Food Treasure in a La Quinta Strip Mall: Chula Artisan Eatery
Open-Air Mexican Mash-Up: Clandestino
Brunch & Craft Beers on Draft: 1501 Uptown Gastropub
Food With a (Mountain) View: 4 Saints
Unique Crepe Window: Gabino’s Creperie
Vegan Gem: Chef Tanya’s Kitchen
Burger Bar Rock ‘n Roll Dive with Cocktails: Little Bar
Smashburgers & Cocktails: The Heyday
1975 Classic for Old School Swingers: Billy Reed’s
French Crepes & Brunch Time: Farm
Bakery & Sandwich Institution: Aspen Mills Bakery
Proper Third Wave Coffee: Cartel Roasting
Quality Coffee & Filipino Snacks: Varraco Roasting

Chula Artisan Eatery’s huevos rancheros
4 Saints’ mini-lobster rolls
View from my room at La Quinta Resort
Workshop Kitchen+Bar’s fried oyster mushrooms