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Greater Palm Springs: A culinary rich Southern California getaway

Written By | Jun 4, 2018
Greater Palm Springs, Culinary, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Ron Stern

Greater Palm Springs, California: Just a couple hours from Los Angeles, Greater Palm Springs spans nine cities including Indian Wells, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. With a diverse culinary fare, interesting attractions, and 354 sunny days a year, this Southern California destination is more popular than ever.  Indian Wells is just one of nine cities encompassed in Greater Palm Springs.

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Mangalitsa Pork Steak at Citrus and Palm@Ron Stern All rights reserved

Citrus and Palm and TWENTY6

Found inside the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa, at Citrus and Palm you’ll find seafood, burgers, steak, and chicken as well as their most popular entrée, the Mangalitsa Pork Steak. Try the Coachella Date Cake for dessert.

La Quinta Resort & Club’s TWENTY6 has outdoor seating where you can enjoy a selection of Benedicts, hotcakes and other dishes from the griddle. Omelets, classics like corned beef hash, and healthier options are also on the menu.

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The colorful interior at AC3 Restaurant + Bar @Ron Stern All rights reserved

Palm Desert’s AC3 Restaurant + Bar

With a colorful and bright interior, AC3 Restaurant and bar is a part of the Hotel Paseo in the trendy El Paseo shopping district. You’re sure to find something tasty on their menu of salads, chicken, seafood, burgers, and steak. Serving New American Food with a Twist, AC3 is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has an extensive bar menu.

The Kaiser Grille

Sitting on fashionable Palm Canyon Drive, The Kaiser Grill is locally owned and operated. They use hormone-free beef, free range chicken, sustainable seafood, and organic produce and are open for lunch and dinner, early bird dinners, and happy hour.

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Signature Weiner schnitzel at Johannes Restaurant @Ron Stern All rights reserved

Johannes Restaurant

Chef Johannes Bacher’s eponymous eatery has been a Palm Springs institution for 18 years.  Chef Bacher focuses on modern European cuisine and prepares his signature weiner schnitzel for guests. This is so popular,in fact that he has an entire menu devoted to Weiner schnitzel and plenty of great wines to enjoy with your repast.

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Acai bowl at Chi Chi’s @Ron Stern All rights reserved

Chi-Chi at the Avalon Hotel

Just a block off the busy Palm Canyon, Chi Chi is an oasis of tranquility nestled among some cute bungalows, citrus trees, and swimming pools. Located in the Avalon Hotel and Bungalows, Chi-Chi has healthful breakfast dishes like their açai bowl comprised of fruits, almond butter, bee pollen, and granola.

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Taste tempting salted caramel cake at Jakes @Ron Stern All rights reserved

Jake’s in the Uptown Design District

Jakes serves American bistro food and has won Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award for 2017 and 2018. One of their most well-known dishes is their Miami Vice Salad, comprised of romaine, avocado, tomato, and feta with Key lime caper vinaigrette. Save room for the salted caramel cake.

Mister Parker’s

Think Paris at the turn of the 20th century and you have Mister Parker’s. With low lighting , eclectic artwork, and plush furniture, the ambiance is pure French. An extensive wine menu and dishes like escargots, oysters, and duck will give you a true French bistro experience.

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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must-do activity @Ron Stern All rights reserved

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was designated as a treasured natural and cultural resource by a special act of Congress in 2000.  This is the world’s largest rotating tramcar that ascends 8,500 feet into the San Jacinto Mountains.

Take a leisurely two-mile stroll back in time and learn about the history and architecture of Palm Springs on one of the many walking tours. You can view the homes of many past Hollywood stars and hear some of the amazing backstories of Palm Springs on tours  such as P.S. Walk With Me.

The Greater Palm Springs area still has an easygoing, laid-back charm despite its boomtown status. With its incomparable scenery and choice of accommodations and restaurants for every taste, there is something here for every budget and lifestyle.

Where to Stay:

The Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa has modern rooms with most amenities and is set amongst lushly landscaped pathways with incomparable views of the mountains.

Hyatt Palm Springs is centrally located along Palm Canyon Drive and offers views of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains as well as downtown. Dining options include SHARE Small Plate Bistro and Wine Lounge and HooDoo Patio Restaurant and Bar.

For more information:

Visit Palm Springs

Visit Greater Palm Springs

Visit California

All meals, accommodations, and attractions were provided at no cost for this review. All opinions herein are the authors.

Ron Stern

Ron Stern aka "The Global Gumshoe," I am a travel photojournalist and the author of hundreds of international and domestic travel articles. I am the Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal, and a staff writer for Communities Digital News. My articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Yahoo News, MSN, and others. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. My contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and my photography/ videography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms.