Inspired by the hotel’s founder and Purple Gang member-slash-bootlegger Al Wertheimer, the Purple Palm is one of the top restaurants in town (if we do say so ourselves). A creative, new-American menu from executive chef Jennifer Town features dishes made with seasonal ingredients, like Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with apple-pear chutney or House Made Corn & Ricotta Ravioli with creamy corn fonduta. And Sunset Hour is just as indulgent, with handcrafted cocktails like the Doll Squad and the Mojave Mule.
With tortillas made in-house and to-die-for dishes like Stuffed Guerito Peppers with vegan chorizo and the Arrachera Street Tacos with carmelized onions, Tac/quila blends Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with modern touches. The ambience is elegant-meets-eclectic—think tufted, red-leather banquettes and gold-framed mirrors—and it’s walkable from Colony Palms. Plus, live music complements the food most nights, making this one of the musts when you’re in town. It’s walk-in only, but you can always grab a Date Tequila Margarita at the bar while you wait.
Everything seems better over rum-and-coconut cocktails. This local’s favorite is in the same space as the original Don the Beachcomber restaurant from the ’50s giving Bootlegger Tiki a cool. vintage vibe. And it’s open till 2AM, so it’s the perfect spot for a post-dinner nightcap (or two).
CHEEKY’S PALM SPRINGS
Known for its inventive take on comfort food, this breakfast and brunch spot is a true Palm Springs institution. There’s usually a wait, but Cheeky’s creative menu is worth it with favorites like the bacon flight, fresh-corn pancakes and custard-style scrambled eggs. And the signature cinnamon rolls are a must-try—but only a few dozen are made daily, so come early.
WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR
In the midst of a touristy stretch of Palm Springs, Workshop’s Kitchen + Bar is in a historic, ’20s theatre that’s been turned into an ultra-sleek city gem. The seven-year-old restaurant is a James Beard Award-winner for best restaurant design, and the cuisine is just as sophisticated. Modern American small plates cozy up to local-farms fishes and overall you get the sense you’re taking part in something special. Our favorites? The Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad and the heartier Wood-fired Ribeye for Two with bone marrow butter.