Don't let the neon sign on Palm Canyon fool you--this no-frills restaurant does breakfast right, making it one of Palm Springs' best breakfast gems. When you walk into John's, order off the wall menu at the front counter and grab a seat. Settle into a booth and wait for your food to be delivered to your table, and prepare to dig into a generous helping of your favorite breakfast fare. From pancakes and French toast to omelettes and breakfast melts, John's has something for everyone. Be ready for leftovers, as you might not be able to finish the generous portions in a single sitting.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: John's is a local favorite for hearty, budget-friendly, all-American breakfasts, without the frills.
Marissa's expert tip: Try the breakfast burrito, an oversized local favorite.
Located at the iconic Parker Hotel, Norma's is a classy breakfast restaurant in Palm Springs. Inside, white-painted brick and hardwood ceilings and floors add great texture to this spare restaurant, which also sports leather chairs and booths. It and the outdoor patio (great for people-watching) are prime terrain for sampling exquisite breakfast dishes like banana-macadamia nut flapjacks, a seared rock lobster and asparagus omelet, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Should money be no expense, try the lobster frittata, which comes in two versions: With an ounce of Sevruga caviar, it's only $100; with 10 ounces of the stuff, the price leaps to $1000. Good morning!
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Norma's is a classy breakfast restaurant at one of Palm Springs' most iconic hotels, serving well-done classic breakfasts.
Marissa's expert tip: Feeling splurgy? Treat yourself to the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata, served with 10 ounces of caviar for just $1000.
Located in the relaxing Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Grove Artisan Kitchen is known in the Coachella Valley for its use of local and homegrown produce. Chef Robert Nyerick uses citrus from the resort's groves and fresh produce from his onsite herb and vegetable garden to create artisan dishes like golden tomato gazpacho, fattoush salad, cannelloni florentine and free-range roasted chicken served with roasted root vegetables. Chef Nyerick works with local growers to source fresh ingredients, including local ranch-raised meats and Pacific seafood. Combined with Chef Nyerick's passion for using traditional, time-honored preparation techniques, the farm-to-table menu at Grove Artisan Kitchen is a study in simple, locally sourced elegance.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Grove Artisan Kitchen at Miramonte Resort & Spa offers a Sunday brunch buffet with a selection of artisan continental dishes.
Marissa's expert tip: If you're looking for a morning pick-me-up, don't miss the Miramonte Mojito, which uses fresh chocolate mint from the Miramonte's private herb garden.
Modernism meets the restaurant scene at LULU California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs, the funkier, modern version of Acqua Pazza in Rancho Mirage. With sleek mid-century modern design and chic artwork, LULU has a modern vibe that embodies the spirit of Palm Springs. Seating includes the circular bar area, two floors of indoor seating and a patio boasting the best views for people watching in Palm Springs. Specializing in California cuisine, LULU offers a 3-course, prix fixe brunch on Sundays. The menu includes dishes like seafood benedict, Russian paninis and French crepe maison. If you're looking for a brunch experience with atmosphere and character, head to LULU California Bistro in Palm Springs.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: LULU's Sunday brunch offers an affordable, modern dining experience in a contemporary atmosphere right on Palm Canyon Drive.
Marissa's expert tip: Dine upstairs for brunch with a view. You'll be able to enjoy the modern design and decor that's as much a part of LULU as the fresh cuisine.
If you're planning on spending a day checking out the designer boutiques on El Paseo, be sure to stop in at Cafe des Beaux-Arts for a French-inspired lunch. The Parisian patio is one of the most popular in Palm Desert, and inside, you'll enjoy a quaint interior sprinkled with fine French art. This charming cafe serves casual French fare ready to be savored during a long lunch. Options include a brie burger, croque monsieur, linguini diabolo and cold poached salmon. If it seems like the servers know everyone's name, it's because they usually do. Most of the patrons are longtime regulars.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Cafe des Beaux-Arts offers French-inspired weekend brunches on one of El Paseo's most coveted patios.
Marissa's expert tip: If you're visiting during summer, note the restaurant closes seasonally in July and August. Call ahead for availability.
Nothing will ever compare to the dishes your grandmother used to make for you as a child, whether you were brought up on her top-secret meatloaf recipe or an oh-so-creamy mac and cheese. But you can come dangerously close at Wilma and Frieda's, a Palm Desert breakfast and lunch restaurant that deconstructs classic comfort food dinners to create dishes like griddled meatloaf and eggs and a five-cheese mac and cheese. Serving their own special roast from local java joint Koffi and an impressive presentation of pastries from the in-house pastry chef, Wilma and Frieda's is a must-try when in Palm Desert.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Wilma & Frieda's Cafe specializes in comfort foods with a sophisticated twist for breakfast and brunch.
Marissa's expert tip: Check out the butcher paper roll for the daily specials, and don't miss a chance to try Wilma and Frieda's own special coffee roast from the Rancho Mirage Koffi location.
While the Forever Marilyn statue has been getting a lot of attention for celebrating the iconic actress in her most famous pose, this downtown restaurant has long been celebrating with a life-sized statue of the blonde bombshell. With large portions and reasonable prices, breakfast at Pinocchio's in the Desert is one of the best values in town. This local favorite serves breakfast staples like omelettes, buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict. Try a protein heavy breakfast off the egg menu, which combines eggs with your choice of bacon, sausage, corned beef hash, ham steak or pork chops. The extensive eggs benedict menu includes salmon, lox and lobster.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Pinocchio in the Desert offers hearty brunch fare at some of the most affordable prices in the desert.
Marissa's expert tip: Pinocchio's in the Desert is famous for its bottomless champagne, the perfect $4 complement for your Palm Springs breakfast.
A casually elegant restaurant, Spencer's features Four-Star American fine cuisine with a French and Pacific Rim influence, prepared under the direction of Chef Eric Wadlund. Nestled at the base of soaring Mt. San Jacinto, Spencer's glamorous decor and mountain views are the perfect backdrop for a stylish, elegant and comfortable brunch. Two phenomenal patios, one with gigantic ficus trees, and the luxurious interior created by renowned Los Angeles restaurant designer, Dodd Mitchell, provide a visual feast. The Sunday brunch menu caters to everyone, serving everything from sushi rolls and liver and onions to seven different types of benedict and stuffed waffles. The brunch menu also offers plenty of gluten-free options for those with food sensitivities.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Spencer's Restaurant offers a classy brunch spread that's sure to please everyone in your party, whether they want breakfast, dinner or a sushi roll.
Marissa's expert tip: Looking for the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous in Palm Springs? There's no better brunch restaurant than Spencer's.
On any given morning, there's usually a crowd waiting to get into Cheeky's in Palm Springs. Before you let that deter you from eating here, know that anyone who's eaten at Cheeky's will tell you there's good reason for the wait. As one of Palm Springs' most popular brunch spots, Cheeky's focuses on transforming ordinary breakfast items into extraordinary dishes with creative additions, such as French toast with red currants and mascarpone. The menu at this farm-to-table changes every Wednesday to keep regular diners on their toes and incorporate seasonal produce. Don't mind the line--wait for a table at Cheeky's to discover the best breakfast in town.
Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Cheeky's specializes in farm-to-table brunch, serving hearty breakfasts and light lunch fare from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Marissa's expert tip: Do not leave Cheeky's without sampling the bacon flight. This bacon sampler comes with five different flavors of bacon, including applewood, jalapeno, coffee sugar and sweet and sour. Plus, new bacon flavors are added to the rotation every week.