Getting to know Palm Springs Restaurants at Palm Desert Food and Wine

Palm Desert in the heart of the Coachella Valley was the host of the 5th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. While the event gathered chefs, wine and spirits from around the country, it also showcased more than 30 local restaurants. This was a great way to get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the current restaurant scene in the valley. Here are the standout dishes of the weekend:

Breakfast Spots

Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe house-made English muffin with strawberry or triple berry jam

Wilma & Frieda (house made English muffin with strawberry or triple berry jam)

Broken Yolk Cafe waffles

Broken Yolk Cafe (waffles)

Mexican Cuisine

Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club shrimp chorizo tostada

Hacienda (shrimp chorizo tostada)

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill sweet corn tamale with slow roasted pork

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill (sweet corn tamale with slow roasted pork)

Hotel Restaurants

Rockwood Grill at the JW Marriott cold smoked salmon tartare with avocado and pea mousse and smoked pork belly pastrami on caraway seed sauerkraut, Cabernet mustard and pumpernickel bread

Rockwood Grill at the JW Marriott (cold smoked salmon tartare with avocado and pea mousse) Rockwood Grill at the JW Marriott (smoked pork belly pastrami on caraway seed sauerkraut, Cabernet mustard, pumpernickel bread)

Citron at the Viceroy Palm Springs hamachi ceviche with lime, coconut whipped cream, purple potato with dates and jalapeño

Citron at the Viceroy Palm Springs (hamachi ceviche with lime, coconut whipped cream, purple potato with dates and jalapeño)

Purple Palm at Colony Palms Hotel spanish octopus salad, ajo blanco, piquillo pepper, chorizo, celery, braised spice

Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel (spanish octopus salad, ajo blanco, piquillo pepper, chorizo, celery, braised spice)

Free-Standing Restaurants

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine melon gazpacho with Spanish octopus

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine (melon gazpacho with Spanish octopus)

Copley’s on Palm Canyon chocolate peanut butter bar with balsamic berries and smoked black sea salt

Copley's (chocolate peanut butter bar with balsamic berries and smoked black sea salt)

Workshop Kitchen & Bar pork belly with barrel aged bourbon maple and Anson mills grits

Workshop Kitchen & Bar (pork belly with barrel aged bourbon maple and Anson mills grits)

Kaiser Grille Palm Springs duck salad and cappuccino chocolate mousse

Kaiser Grille Palm Springs (duck salad)

Three Sixty North Bar & Grill seafood ceviche

Three Sixty North Bar & Grill (seafood ceviche)

Trio Palm Springs homemade chips and ranch dip

Trio Restaurant (homemade chips and ranch dip)

Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Café smoked lentil, braised pork and apple slaw

Clementine (smoked lentil, braised pork , apple slaw)

Based on the samples tasted at the event, I have a long list of restaurants to visit next time I head to Palm Springs.

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