After a morning of exploring Palm Springs’ architecture, shopping on El Paseo or meeting the desert critters at The Living Desert, you’re going to need some serious midday fuel. Luckily, Palm Springs has no shortage of quality lunch restaurants to please even the pickiest of eaters. Serving everything from towering pastrami sandwiches and fresh seafood fillets to classic California fare and fresh hamburgers, the desert’s restaurant scene truly shines at lunchtime.
Locals love Sherman’s Deli, and with locations in both Palm Springs and Palm Desert, there’s no reason you can’t pop into this New York-style diner to try their massive pastrami sandwich, fresh baked cakes and homemade coleslaw. For a classic American dining experience, try Tyler's in Palm Springs. This popular burger stand is only open for five hours a day but is well worth the stop for one of the best burgers in town. In the east valley, you'll want to make a stop at Eureka! for artisan burgers and an impressive selection of craft beer. If you prefer your beef messy and slathered in sauce, Babe's Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse at The River in Rancho Mirage has you covered for mid-day dining. Another solid lunch choice? Acqua Pazza, known for its all-day happy hour that includes food and drink specials that make for a relaxing lunch under the patio misters.