OutTraveler's Favorite Oases In Palm Springs


By Andrew Belonsky

Though originally built for California's leisure class, Palm Springs has become more accessible in recent years, allowing travelers from all walks of life a chance to revel in the desert breeze.

Fill Up And Chow Down There's nothing dry about the culinary scene in this desert town.

If you've gone to the desert to cleanse yourself of city toxins, try the vegan menu at Palm Green Cafe or Nature's RX. Meanwhile, Cheeky's breakfast and lunch menus are stocked with locally sourced organic fair, and the popular joint Native Foods also offers vegan meals, including a seitan Reuben sandwich and portobello burger.

Elsewhere, Wang's In The Desert, a de facto gay spot for years, serves strong drinks and delicious Pan-Asian, such as Korean spare ribs, cashew chicken and Mongolian beef. Down the road a bit, you'll find a blend Asian and Austrian flavors at the sophisticated Johannes. Ahi tuna tartare, escargots and endive salad help prepare your palette for entrees of Thai curry, seared Shetland Island salmon or Wiener Schnitzel (pictured below). The intimate atmosphere, attentive service and prices, about 28 bucks for an entree, may make this more of a date spot than a go-to, but it's definitely one you won't regret.


For delectable Italian and a charming atmosphere, try Amici Italian Trattoria in Rancho Mirage, or for breakfast all day, grab one of the inventive and tightly packed omelets at Patrick's Roadhouse.

Another pricier option for a potential romantic meal is Le Vallauris, which boasts one of the most delicious French-Mediterranean menus ? roast half duck in cherry sauce, wild boar pate ? in all of Palm Springs. Think honey baked Bucheron goat cheese, grilled blue note sea bass and a trio of fruitful sorbets on an open-aired patio with a chilled glass of white. It's a meal to remember. And for more open aired dining, check out John Henry's, a favorite for locals looking to sup on affordable and fresh food under the open sky.

And after dinner, be sure pair your wine with cake at Crave, a dessert restaurant that also doubles as a pretty swinging bar.

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