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.

Check out the full list of homestyle restaurants in Palm Springs below.

El Mirasol


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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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,...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


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