Best Homestyle Restaurants in Palm Springs

10 Best Palm Springs Restaurants for Classic, Homestyle Food

Nothing hits the spot quite like a home-cooked meal. When the novelties of molecular gastronomy, small plates and the latest fusion creations lose their luster, you know you can always find comfort in a hearty homestyle meal. Whether it’s a hearty breakfast of steak and eggs or a warm serving of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, anything that can remind you of Mom’s home-cooked meals is sure to be a winner. When it comes to Palm Springs restaurants, you’ll find plenty of options for homestyle dining.

One of the most popular choices for homestyle food is John’s Restaurant, a casual diner-style restaurant where everything is made from scratch. They’re best known for their generous breakfast burritos and breakfast combination plates, though you’ll find comfort foods served up throughout the day. Another great choice for homestyle dining is Don and Sweet Sue’s Cafe in Cathedral City, where American classics are dished out from breakfast to dinner.

Palm Springs also has no shortage of options for homestyle Mexican food. One of the desert’s most popular homestyle Mexican restaurants is El Mexicali Cafe, which serves everything from huevos rancheros to chile rellenos at its Indio location. In Palm Springs, you needn’t look further than El Mirasol for Mexican comfort food.

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What began as a small, family-run eatery has grown into one of the area's best-loved Mexican restaurants. A casual and friendly restaurant that makes you feel like family, El Mirasol extends a warm welcome to everyone and proves its hospitality with terrific grilled meats, fantastic guacamole, potent margaritas, and rich, full-bodied sauces. Spicy shrimp, chicken mole, and crab enchiladas are some of El Mirasol's shining stars, and you'll also find plenty of pork and beef items on the menu. Some dishes aren't listed on the menu, so if you're adventurous, ask for a verbal run-down of the more exotic options and daily specials.

Recommended for Homestyle because: El Mirasol serves up authentic homestyle Mexican dishes and hearty portions in the heart of Palm Springs.

Marissa's expert tip: Try the chile rellenos, a staple and customer favorite.

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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 Homestyle because: Pinocchio in the Desert is known for its Americana breakfasts and homestyle dishes.

Marissa's expert tip: Pinocchio's in the Desert is famous for its bottomless champagne, the perfect $4 complement for your Palm Springs breakfast.

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El Paseo is one of Palm Desert's premier shopping destinations, and after a morning of hitting the designer shops, there's no better way to recharge than by settling in at The Daily Grill. This classic American restaurant has no shortage of healthy options, and its special "Simply 600" section offers more than a dozen dishes less than 600 calories each. Their lunch menu ranges from soup and sandwiches to pasta and seafood, and the generous portions will leave you more than satisfied. If you can't resist the tempting offerings at The Daily Grill, at least you can head right back to El Paseo after lunch and walk off your meal.

Recommended for Homestyle because: The Daily Grill is known for classic homestyle dishes like chicken pot pie and meatloaf.

Marissa's expert tip: Try the Daily Grill's famous chicken pot pie. This filling dish is one of the restaurant's most popular offerings.

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If you're spending the day in downtown Palm Springs and looking to recharge over lunch, try this authentic New York-style diner just off of the main strip. Sherman's Deli and Bakery is a Palm Springs institution, beloved for its authentic New York fare and fresh baked pastries. Among the must-tries are the towering pastrami sandwich, the beef and latkes and matzo ball soup. If you have your puppy in tow, feel free to grab a seat on the patio. The friendly servers are ready to make suggestions if you have a hard time choosing between all of the delicious options.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Sherman's Deli and Bakery serves up homestyle breakfasts and hearty lunches in downtown Palm Springs.

Marissa's expert tip: Hold off on the pastries--instead, opt for the authentic New York-style pastrami, and grab a few pastry selections from the case to go.

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Comfort foods are this western chain's specialty, and there's nothing better at breakfast than satisfying, homestyle dishes. By all accounts, Elmer's is tops on pancakes, and the menu is broad enough that you can find signature German pancakes, Belgian waffles, crepes, and hazelnut French toast, to boot. Omelets, eggs benedict, and a range of platters and scrambles cater to every taste, and pork chops and chicken-fried steak take the edge off of ravenous appetites. After breakfast, you can try kettle soups, grilled sandwiches, prime rib dinners or hearty pot roasts. A lighter menu is also available if you have special dietary needs.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Elmer's is known for their homestyle breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the towering French toast combos.

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El Mexicali Cafe is one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Indio. Serving an extensive menu of authentic Mexican dishes, El Mexicali Cafe is a local gem. You'll find traditional Mexican dishes like chile rellenos, burritos, tacos, sopes and enchiladas at El Mexicali Cafe, all made from scratch in the kitchen. The restaurant is also a great choice for homestyle Mexican breakfasts, like chilaquiles con huevos, huevos rancheros and papas con chorizo. You can also try homestyle soups like menudo, or caldo de res. During the winter months, you can try El Mexicali Cafe's renowned tamales, a holiday staple.

Recommended for Homestyle because: El Mexicali Cafe is one of the desert's best bets for authentic, home-style Mexican food.

Marissa's expert tip: Stop in on Tuesdays to enjoy Taco Tuesday discounts.

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With a focus on good barbecue and good beer, Babe's is a popular Western-themed restaurant in Rancho Mirage. From St. Louis-style ribs to pulled pork sandwiches, Babe's has you covered on all the barbecue fronts. You'll find pork, beef and chicken options in a variety of finger-licking good styles, as well as homestyle sides like cornbread, coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Don't miss the homemade rhubarb pie, which is made fresh in the kitchen. The bar also focuses heavily on craft beers from the award-winning in-house brewery and from top breweries around the world. Babe's Honey Blonde is one of the most popular beers, while the Blackfin lager pleases more discerning beer palettes.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse serves up hearty plates of down home barbecue, from pulled pork to racks of ribs.

Marissa's expert tip: Head in on a Monday for Craft Beer Appreciation Night. You'll get half off all craft beers and a special beer-themed dinner plate.

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Hearty breakfast plates and generous portion sizes are the name of the game at Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe. This diner in the heart of Cathedral City specializes in old-fashioned American breakfast fare, a perfect way to start your day in Palm Springs. Come hungry, because you'll find it hard not to finish off your overflowing plate. From waffles and French toast to eggs benedict, chicken-fried steak and corned beef hash, Don and Sweet Sue have you covered. For lighter options, try the hot oatmeal or a la carte buttermilk pancakes. There's no need to rush over to this country-style caf�, either: Breakfast is served all day.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe is known for their homemade breakfast foods and classic dinner dishes.

Marissa's expert tip: Local favorites include the hearty eggs benedict, corned beef hash and blueberry pancakes.

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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 Homestyle because: John's Restaurant serves up hearty homestyle breakfasts and diner lunches. Generous portions round out the reasons to eat at John's.

Marissa's expert tip: Try the breakfast burrito, an oversized local favorite.

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