Mother’s Day in the Coachella Valley is a treasure trove of gourmet foods, hearty wines, festive cocktails, and sumptuous desserts. It’s also a great time to celebrate your mother with a feast fit for a queen.
Step into the vibrant doors at Citron at Viceroy Palm Springs and succumb to the beauty of spring. The lemony décor, juxtaposed against the stark neutrals of white and black, create a dynamic she will love. Chef Warren Cordoba’s menu sets the stage for a wonderful holiday. Choose from smoked scallops served over caviar crème fraîche or playful fare like the truffle fries.
Take mom out to lunch in Palm Desert at Il Sogno. Taste any number of breakfast dishes, particularly the breakfast Panini. Or, watch passersby as your kids shower you with praise and affection.
For the matriarch with a bit more flair than the rest, head to Miro’s. Known for its zesty flavor profiles, this restaurant brims with menu choices that appeal to both mother and child. Share the cabbage rolls for a delightful taste of Eastern Europe, or feast on scallops Rockefeller. Miro’s also serves flavorful comfort foods like spaetzle.
Some mothers enjoy a spicy, worldly experience. Treat your mom to Don Diego’s Restaurant. The festive Mexican menu is delicious and full of variety. Bite into fresh ceviche, or savor the tequila shrimp. Vegetarians, find a number of entrees that appeal to your diet as well.
If family-style dining warms your mother’s heart, shower her with gifts and a dinner to remember at Johannes or Birba. Each restaurant encourages its patrons to share meals with each other. Bond over a large bowl of mushroom soup at Johannes. At Birba, satisfy your hunger with a selection of artisan pizzas. Split the wild mushroom, goat cheese, and béchamel pie with Mom, or strike out on your own with Nonna’s meatballs or pan-roasted chicken over mashed potatoes.
Birba 622 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-5678; www.birbapalmsprings.com
Citron 415 S. Belardo Rd. Palm Springs. 760-318-3005; www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Il Sogno 73375 El Paseo, Palm Desert. 760-837-1999
Miro’s Restaurant 1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs.760-323-5199; www.mirospalmsprings.com
Candy Everybody Wants
Gummies, lollies, candy corn, chocolates, and caramels are a mouthwatering diversion to the sit-down desserts served in many of Coachella Valley’s best restaurants. Satisfy your sweet tooth, or pick up a gift box for someone you love at these local candy shops.
Palm Springs Fudge and Chocolates 211. S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Lappert’s Ice Cream 130 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
See’s Candies 144 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Brandini Toffee 42560 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
71800 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage.