California Pizza Kitchen Makeover Entices Nightlife Crowd on El Paseo

New bar area has both bar and dining options



Customers can get a closer view of the pizza kitchen with counter seating right in front of the yellow-tiled wood-burning oven.

Courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen

 

With fresh apple-green walls, wood awnings made from reclaimed lumber, new wood floors, modernism style lights, and a couple of fun semi-circular booths added to the mix of seating accommodations, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) on El Paseo reflects the current trend of modern, sustainable environments.

During a three-day construction period in December, the Palm Desert restaurant was also enlarged by enclosing a rear patio that provides overflow seating or private dining for up to 20.

And a whole new bar area that is separated from the dining room by glass walls has both bar and dining options, with three coveted tables on a slender open patio overlooking El Paseo. 

The new bar offers an early and late happy hour that General Manager Bruce Bradford hopes “will enliven night life this side of El Paseo.”

Small plates, flatbreads and other appetizers are available Monday through Thursday, 3-5 p.m. and 8:30 to close.  Signature cocktails, wines and beer are $7 during happy hour, with $1 off draft beer, and an adventurous wine flight for $9.

Customers can also get a closer view of the pizza kitchen with counter seating right in front of the yellow-tiled wood-burning oven. Chefs hand toss and stretch the dough right before your eyes, and load each pizza with dozens of creative toppings.

While the eclectic California menu has been scaled back to keep everything fresh, dozens of CPK favorite items remain, each starred by the palm tree in a yellow triangle symbol.

The original BBQ chicken pizza is still on the menu, made with CPK’s “legendary” barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda, red onions, and cilantro.

CPK’s Thai chicken pizza offers a spicy peanut and chili sauce with chunks of chicken baked until the crust is lightly browned, and topped with cool, crisp shredded carrots, bean sprouts and cilantro.

Crispy thin-crust pizzas include a pear and gorgonzola with chilled field greens; Sicilian style with marinara, Italian sausage, Capicola ham, salami Mozzarella and shaved parmesan; and the Jamaican Jerk chicken with a spicy, sweet Caribbean sauce, Jamaican spices and Nueske’s apple wood smoked bacon.

New on the menu are CPK’s gluten free pizzas using a certified gluten-free crust and other verified ingredients.

The flavor-forward Moroccan spiced chicken salad comes with roasted butternut squash, dates, avocado, toasted almonds, beets, red peppers and chopped cranberries all tossed with a house-made champagne dressing.

CPK’s popular Kung Pao spaghetti tosses garlic, scallions, peanuts and red-hot chilies with your choice of chicken, shrimp or a combo of both over penne pasta.

Don’t miss the signature Panko-crusted Mahi Mahi fish tacos with shredded cabbage or the California club sandwich with avocado, tomatoes and Nueske’s bacon that you can customize with chicken or turkey breast.

Right now, their Valentine’s Day celebration for two offers one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert for $30, available Feb. 12-16.

California Pizza Kitchen, 73080 El Paseo, Palm Desert, (760) 776-5036. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Cheers to the Holidays at TRIO Palm Springs

Spend the holidays with family and friends at TRIO and leave the cooking to someone else. TRIO will be open regular hours both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, plus offering celebratory specials for New Year’s Eve.

Warm Up With A Taste of Summer

If your lips pucker at the thought of sipping traditionally bitter grapefruit juice, fear not: This Ruth’s Chris Steak House recipe calls for a delicate, semisweet surprise of ruby red that will lure you over to the pink side.

The Purple Palm Takes "Pride" in Crafted Cocktails

Palm Springs takes pride in many things, and with the approach of Pride Weekend, cocktails will be at the heart of the many parties and events.

Purple Room Restaurant and Stage Brings Top Entertainment to Town

Purple Room Restaurant and Stage has become Palm Springs’ entertainment center with amazing talent matched with a fun happy hour and great food.

Creative Mexican Cuisine Marks Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club's Reopening

New entertainment, special events, and a new executive chef in Ruben Galvez mark the reopening of Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club in South Palm Springs.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Edit ModuleShow Tags