A number of new players have recently emerged onto the desert's culinary scene, and with Palm Springs Restaurant Week on the horizon (May 31 - June 16), now's the perfect time to preview the desert's newest dining experiences.
Mitch's on El Paseo serves seafood, sushi and steaks. — Photo courtesy of Mitch's on El Paseo
One of the most notable new players on the desert dining scene can be found in the posh shopping district of El Paseo in Palm Desert. Mitch's on El Paseo aims to please all palates by serving seafood, sushi and steaks under one roof. Renowned sushi master and executive chef James Holder heads up the menu, creating signature plates like creamy shrimp and lobster tempura, truffle fries and the 808 roll (shrimp tempura topped with spicy tuna and macadamia nuts). Happy hour from 3 - 6:30 pm offers a daily chance to try a few small bites - and don't forget to sample some sake, too.
Sliders at Cork and Fork — Photo courtesy of Cork and Fork
In nearby La Quinta, Chef Andie Hubka - who's taught cooking classes for years at her cooking school, Cooking with Class - is now serving up small plates and wine pairings at Cork and Fork, which she opened with her mother in January. Pop in to sample Chef Hubka's signature pairings and rotating menu.
Broke Eatery serves Creole dishes like jambalaya — Photo courtesy of Marissa Willman
Have a craving for Creole, but can't make it to New Orleans? You can get your Cajun fix at Broke Eatery in La Quinta, a freestyle eatery that opened late last year. Chef Kitamba Satcher serves comfort food like jambalaya, slow-cooked ribs and bananas foster. Luckily, the prices will keep you far from broke.