best of the best 2019

Best of the Best 2019

We asked. You answered.

Emily Chavous Attractions, Current PSL

best of the best 2019
Oranj Palm Vacation Homes earned Best Vacation Rental.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY @BEARLEADERCHRONICLE

Each year, we invite readers to vote for their favorite attractions, restaurants, and experiences in Greater Palm Springs and reveal the results (in no particular order) in the  Palm Springs Life Best of the Best list. The 2019 winners span more than 45 categories, from coffee shops to veterinarians. Did your picks make the list?


VACATION RENTAL

Oranj Palm Vacation Homes

Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage; palmspringsrentals.com

In business since 1972, this vacation rental and property management company markets and oversees more than 350 getaways in some of Greater Palm Springs’ most coveted neighborhoods. They have what you need, whether that’s a swank midcentury estate in the foothills or a Tuscan-style villa on the fairway.


Accommodations

BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Hotel Paseo

Palm Desert; hotelpaseo.com

The Chateau at Lake La Quinta

La Quinta; thechateau.com

The Lautner Compound

Desert Hot Springs; thelautner.com

Avalon Hotel and Bungalows

Palm Springs; avalon-hotel.com

Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs; parkerpalmsprings.com

HotelElPaseo

Hotel Paseo, Palm Desert

SandsHotelIndianWells

Sands Hotel, Indian Wells

Sands Hotel & Spa
Indian Wells;
sandshotelandspa.com

Moroccan influence pairs with a midcentury Racquet Club vibe at this picturesque Martyn Lawrence Bullard–designed retreat. Typical of Bullard’s work, the vignettes at this property are bold, colorful, and opulent. He doesn’t shy away from prints.

HOTEL / RESORT

Two Bunch Palms

Desert Hot Springs; twobunchpalms.com

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage; hotwatercasino.com

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage; omnihotels.com

La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta; laquintaresort.com

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Indio; fantasyspringsresort.com

VACATION RENTAL

The Lautner Compound

Desert Hot Springs; thelautner.com

Coachella Luxury Rentals

Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta; coachellaluxuryrentals.com

TwoBunchPalms

Two Bunch Palms, Desert Hot Springs


Food + Drink

ALFRESCO DINING

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

JC’s Café on El Paseo

Palm Desert; jcsonelpaseo.com

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs;
spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

AJ’s on the Green

Cathedral City; ajsonthegreen.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

La Quinta;
stuftpizzabarandgrill.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

BARBECUE

Bubba’s Bones and Brews
Cathedral City;
bubbasbonesandbrews.com

A cool American gastropub with chalkboard beer specials, Bubba’s excels in smoky barbecue. For a group of four, try Bubba’s Feast: 2 pounds of meat (your choice of pulled pork, brisket sausage, or chicken) served with three large sides, a dinner salad, and bread.

bubbasbonesandbrewscathedralcity

PHOTOGRAPH  BY JAIME KOWAL

Bubba’s Bones and Brews, Cathedral City

Smoke Tree BBQ

Palm Springs; smoketreebbq.com

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery

Rancho Mirage; babesbbqbrewery.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

La Quinta; dickeys.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

IWCoffeeIndianWells

IW Coffee, Indian Wells

BREAKFAST

IW Coffee

Indian Wells; 760-346-6757

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

The Cottage Too

Desert Hot Springs; thecottagetoo.com

Wilma & Frieda

Palm Desert; wilmafrieda.com

Louise’s Pantry

La Quinta; louisespantry.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

Don & Sweet Sue’s Café

Cathedral City; donandsweetsues.com

Sunshine Café

Cathedral City; sunshinecafe.com

The Pink Cabana

Indian Wells; sandshotelandspa.com

BURGER

Tony’s Burgers

Cathedral City; tonysburgers.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

Smokin’ Burgers

Palm Springs; smokinburgers.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

All Star Burgers

Desert Hot Springs; 760-329-9900

Grill-a-Burger

Palm Desert; grill-a-burger.com

Eureka!

Indian Wells; eurekarestaurantgroup.com

Bobby’s Detroit
Coney Island

La Quinta; bobbysdetroitconeyisland.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

SmokinBurgersPalmSprings

Smokin’ Burgers, Palm Springs

CATERER

New Leaf Catering

Cathedral City; newleaf-catering.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

La Quinta; stuftpizzabarandgrill.com

CHINESE

Kam Lun Chinese Restaurant

Desert Hot Springs; 760-251-1244

Wang’s Chinese Cuisine

Cathedral City; wangschineseca.com

Ha Ha Chinese

Coachella; hahachinese.com

Wang’s in the Desert

Palm Springs; wangsinthedesert.com

P.F. Changs

Rancho Mirage; pfchangs.com

City Wok

Palm Desert; citywok.com

Canton Bistro

La Quinta; eatcantonbistro.com

Golden Dragon Restaurant

Indio; goldendragoninindio.com

COFFEEHOUSE

IW Coffee

Indian Wells; 760-346-6757

Koffi

Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage; kofficoffee.com

Starbucks

Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio;
starbucks.com

Old Town Coffee Company

La Quinta; oldtownlaquinta.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

CONTINENTAL

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Spencer’s

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Lavender Bistro

La Quinta; lavenderbistro.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

CRAFT COCKTAIL

Bontá Restaurant & Bar

Cathedral City; bontarestaurant.com

Lulu California Bistro

Palm Springs; lulupalmsprings.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Enzo’s Bistro and Bar

La Quinta; enzosbistroandbar.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

FRENCH

Pomme Frite

Palm Springs; pomme-frite.com

Si Bon

Rancho Mirage; sibon-sogood.com

Café des Beaux-Arts

Palm Desert; cafedesbeauxarts.com

La Brasserie Bistro & Bar

La Quinta; labrasserielaquinta.com

INDIAN

India Oven

Cathedral City; india-oven.com

Monsoon

Palm Springs; monsoonindian
restaurant.com

ITALIAN

Piazza Trilussa Ristorante

Cathedral City; trilussarestaurant.com

Johnny Costa’s

Palm Springs; johnnycostaspalmsprings.com

The Slice

Rancho Mirage; theslicepizza.com

Capri Italian Restaurant

Desert Hot Springs; capriitalian.com

Café Italia

Indian Wells; cafeitaliareservations.com

Chapelli’s Italian Restaurant

La Quinta; chapellisrestaurant.com

Mario’s Italian Café

Coachella, Indio; mariositaliancafes.com

Ciro’s Restorante

Indio; cirosofindio.com

Ristorante Mamma Gina

Palm Desert; mammagina.com

Il Corso

Palm Desert; ilcorsocv.com

JAPANESE

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Rancho Mirage; koberanchomirage.com

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

Palm Desthevenuepalmdesert.com

Dragon Sushi

Indio; dragonsushi.com

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

Palm Springs; sandfishps.com

Okura Robata

La Quinta; okurasushi.com

Umami Seoul

Cathedral City; umamiseoul.com

Otori Sushi

Cathedral City; 760-699-5486

MEDITERRANEAN

Yianni’s Taverna & Wine Bar

Cathedral City; fb.com/yiannitaverna cathedralcity

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

Palm Desert, Palm Springs; evzincuisine.com

Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine

Rancho Mirage; catalanrestaurant.org

Santorini Gyro

Cathedral City; santorinigyro.us

MEXICAN

El Mexicali Café

Indio; elmexicalicafe.com

Don Diego’s of Indian Wells
Indian Wells; dondiegoiw.com

La Bonita’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; labonitas.com

Maracas

Rancho Mirage; maracas-restaurant.com

Casa Blanca Restaurant

Desert Hot Springs; casablancamenu.com

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Palm Desert; freshagavemexicanbarandgrill.com

Casa Mendoza

La Quinta; casamendozamexicangrillandbar.weebly.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

La Tablita

Cathedral City; latablita.menutoeat.com

Taqueria San Miguel

Cathedral City; taqueriasanmiguel.com

PIZZA

Ciro’s Restorante

Indio; cirosofindio.com

Rocky’s New York Pizza

Desert Hot Springs; rockyspizzadhs.com

SPC – Sirocco Pizza Company

Indian Wells; marriott.com

Bill’s Pizza

Palm Springs; billspizzapalmsprings.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Upper Crust

Cathedral City; uppercrust-pizza.com

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

La Quinta, Palm Desert; stuftpizzabarandgrill.com

ROMANTIC DINING

Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com/chop-house

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Ocean’s

Cathedral City; oceanspalmsprings.com

Capri Italian Restaurant

Desert Hot Springs; capriitalian.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Lavender Bistro

La Quinta; lavenderbistro.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

SEAFOOD

Ocean’s

Cathedral City; oceanspalmsprings.com

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Palm Desert; pacificaseafoodrestaurant.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Fisherman’s Market and Grill

La Quinta; fishermans.com

Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com/chop-house

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

La Palapa

Cathedral City; 760-321-6420

STEAKHOUSE

Chop House at Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com/chop-house

Kaiser Grille Palm Springs

Palm Springs; kaisergrille.com

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Rancho Mirage; flemingssteakhouse.com

Bonta Restaurant & Bar

Cathedral City; bontarestaurant.com

Capri Italian Restaurant

Desert Hot Springs; capriitalian.com

Kaiser Grille

Palm Desert; kaisergrillepalmdesert.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

LG’s Prime Steakhouse

La Quinta; lgsprimesteakhouse.com

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Vue Grille & Bar

Indian Wells;
indianwellsgolfresort.com

Sunshine Café

Cathedral City; sunshinecafe.com

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs;
spencersrestaurant.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

The Cottage Too

Desert Hot Springs; thecottagetoo.com

JC’s Café on El Paseo

Palm Desert; jcsonelpaseo.com

Broken Yolk Cafe

La Quinta;
thebrokenyolkcafe.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

acquacaliforniabistroranchomirage

Acqua California Bistro, Rancho Mirage

THAI

Thai Palms

Desert Hot Springs; thaipalmdhs.com

Thai Smile Palm Springs

Palm Springs; thaismilepalmsprings.com

Talay Thai Restaurant

Rancho Mirage; talaythairanchomirage.com

Bangkok Noodles

Cathedral City; fb.com/bangkoknoodles

Thai Smile

Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert;
thaismilerm.com

My Thai

La Quinta; mythailq.com

VEGETARIAN / VEGAN

Lulu California Bistro

Palm Springs; lulupalmsprings.com

Acqua California Bistro

Rancho Mirage; acquaranchomirage.com

Luscious Lorraine’s

Palm Desert; lusciouslorraines.com

Wildest Greens

Palm Desert; wildestgreens.com

justineatanddrinkcathedralcity

PHOTOGRAPH BY JAIME KOWAL

Justin Eat & Drink

Cathedral City; justinrestaurant.com

Chef and owner Justin Jenkins shows off his deft culinary abilities by pairing seasonal ingredients in unexpected ways and treating each plate as if it were a canvas. The menu rotates and indicates vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare.

VIETNAMESE

Pho Na 92

Desert Hot Springs; 760-288-7167

533 Viet Fusion

Palm Springs; 533vietfusion.com

Pho Vu

Palm Desert; phovurestaurant.com


Nightlife

GAY BAR

Playoffs Sports Lounge

Desert Hot Springs; playoffsdhs.com

Blackbook

Palm Springs; blackbookbar.com

The Roost Lounge

Cathedral City; roostps.com

KARAOKE

Studio 111

Cathedral City; studio-one-11.com

LIVE MUSIC

Spotlight 29 Casino

Coachella; spotlight29.com

Dillon’s Burgers & Beers

Desert Hot Springs; dillonsburgersbeers.com

The Purple Room

Palm Springs; purpleroompalmsprings.com

Bernie’s Lounge

Rancho Mirage; bernies.club

AJ’s on the Green

Cathedral City; ajsonthegreen.com

The Hood Bar and Pizzeria

Palm Desert; hoodbarandpizza.com

Vicky’s of Santa Fe

Indian Wells; vickysofsantafe.com

Sandbar

La Quinta; cunardsandbar.com

Big Rock Pub

Indio; thebigrockpub.com

PurpleRoomPalmSprings

The Purple Room, Palm Springs

SPORTS BAR

Playoffs Sports Lounge

Desert Hot Springs; playoffsdhs.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

Smokin’ Burgers

Palm Springs; smokinburgers.com

Yard House

Rancho Mirage; yardhouse.com

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill

La Quinta, Palm Desert; stuftpizzabarandgrill.com

Vue Grille & Bar

Indian Wells; indianwellsgolfresort.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

Henry’s Sports Bar & Grill

Cathedral City; cathedralcitysportsbar.com

Amp Sports Lounge

Cathedral City; fb.com/ampsportslounge


Shops + Services

ART GALLERY

Élan Vital Gallery

Cathedral City; elanvitalgalleries.com

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs; psmuseum.org

Coda Gallery

Palm Desert; codagallery.com

BIKE RENTAL

Bike Palm Springs

Palm Springs; bikepsrentals.com

Tri-A-Bike

Palm Desert; triabike.com

Pedego Electric Bikes

La Quinta; pedegoelectricbikes.com

Old Town Peddler

La Quinta; oldtownpeddler.com

CONSIGNMENT / RESALE / VINTAGE

Angel View

Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Palm Desert; angelview.org

Misty’s Consignments

Rancho Mirage; mistysconsignments.com

Encore Consign + Design

La Quinta; encorelq.com

Finder’s Thrift

La Quinta; findersthrift.com

Revivals

Cathedral City, Palm Desert, Palm Springs; revivalsstores.com

Lauded for its “mixed-century” modern finds, Revivals serves up a fab collection of lighting and lots of funky apparel and accessories to sift through. The local chain also produces its own Mode line of furnishings and home accessories.

revivalspalmsprings

PHOTOGRAPH BY NEIL HUSVAR

Revivals, Palm Springs

DISPENSARY

West Coast Cannabis Club

Cathedral City, Palm Desert; westcoastcannabis.club

P.S.A. Organica

Palm Springs;
psa-organica.business.site

The Lighthouse

Coachella; lighthousedispensary.com

Green Leaf Dispensary

Desert Hot Springs; greenleafdhs.com

Green Pearl Organics

Desert Hot Springs; greenpearlorganics.godaddysites.com/

West Coast Cannabis Club

Cathedral City, Palm Desert; westcoastcannabis.club

This recreational cannabis shop was the first to open multiple locations in the Coachella Valley. Products range from THC-heavy flowers and concentrates to CBD topicals with no psychoactive effects.

westcoastcannabisclub

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY WEST COAST CANNABIS CLUB

West Coast Cannabis Club, Cathedral City

FLORIST

David Rohr Floral Studio

Cathedral City; davidrohrstudio.com

Jensen’s

Palm Desert; jensensfoods.com

Palm Springs Florist

Palm Springs; palmspringsflorist.net

Rancho Mirage Florist

Rancho Mirage; ranchomirageflorist.com

GYM / HEALTH CLUB

Fit in 42 Palm Springs

Palm Springs; fitin42.com

In-Shape Fitness

Cathedral City; inshape.com

Desert Yoga Therapy

Rancho Mirage; desertyogatherapy.com

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Indian Wells; hyatt.com

World Gym

Desert Hot Springs; worldgym.com

EoS Fitness

Palm Desert; eosfitness.com

Evolve Yoga

La Quinta; e-volveyoga.com

Coachella Universal Training Center

Indio; ufitcenter.com

Planet Fitness

Coachella; planetfitness.com

HAIR SALON

Old Fashion Barber Shop

Coachella; fb.com/the-old-fashion-barber-shop

Salon 119

Palm Springs; salon119.com

Agape Salon & Spa

Rancho Mirage; agapesalonspa.com

PS I Love Your Hair

Cathedral City; 760-778-7700

A Classic Act Hair & Nail Studio

Desert Hot Springs; 760-329-6134

Terra Lane Hair Design

Palm Desert; terralaneonelpaseo.com

Agim Salon

Indian Wells; agimsalon.com

Alankara Salon

La Quinta; alankarasalon.com

Jesus Yvette Salon

Indio; fb.com/jesusyvettesalon

SPA

The Well Spa at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Indian Wells; miramonteresort.com

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Desert; marriott.com

VETERINARIAN

Carter Animal Hospital

Cathedral City; carteranimalhospital.com

VCA Hospitals

La Quinta, Palm Springs; vcahospitals.com

WEDDING VENUE

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells; indianwellsgolfresort.com

Spencer’s Restaurant

Palm Springs; spencersrestaurant.com

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage; omnihotels.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort

Cathedral City; doubletreepalmsprings.com

The Lautner Compound

Desert Hot Springs; thelautner.com

La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta; laquintaresort.com

Jackalope Ranch

Indio; thejackaloperanch.com

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Palm Desert; livingdesert.org

Hotel Paseo

Palm Desert; hotelpaseo.com


Things to Do

ATTRACTION

Boomers!

Cathedral City; boomerspalmsprings.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs; pstramway.com

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Rancho Mirage; cdmod.org

Mary Pickford Theatre

Cathedral City; dplaceentertainment.com

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Desert Hot Springs; cabotsmuseum.org

The Living Desert
Zoo and Gardens

Palm Desert; livingdesert.org

Indian Wells
Tennis Garden

Indian Wells; iwtg.net

La Quinta Arts Festival

La Quinta; lqaf.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

CASINO

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Indio; fantasyspringsresort.com

Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs

Palm Springs; sparesortcasino.com

Agua Caliente
Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage; hotwatercasino.com

Augustine Casino

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

EVENT

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Indio; coachella.com

La Quinta Arts Festival

La Quinta; lqaf.com

Mariachi Festival

Coachella; augustinecasino.com

Modernism Week

Palm Springs; modernismweek.com

Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

Cathedral City; hotairballoonfest.com

Cannabis Independence Day

Desert Hot Springs; deserthotspringsinn.com

Fashion Week El Paseo

Palm Desert; fashionweekelpaseo.com

BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells; bnpparibasopen.com

Indian Wells Arts Festival

Indian Wells; indianwellsartsfestival.com

Ramblin’ N Gamblin’ Rodeo

Rancho Mirage; bbbsdesert.org

IndianCanyonsPalmSprings

Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

HIKING TRAIL

Indian Canyons

Palm Springs; indian-canyons.com

Bump and Grind Trail

Palm Desert; desertmountains.org

La Quinta City Cove Trails

La Quinta; playinlaquinta.com

LIVE THEATER

Coachella Valley Repertory

Cathedral City; cvrep.org

Palm Canyon Theatre

Palm Springs; palmcanyontheatre.org

McCallum Theatre

Palm Desert; mccallumtheatre.com

Desert Theatreworks

Indio; dtworks.org

MUSEUM

Coachella Valley History Museum

Indio; cvhm.org

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs; psmuseum.org

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Rancho Mirage; cdmod.org

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Desert Hot Springs; cabotsmuseum.org

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

Palm Desert; psmuseum.org

La Quinta Museum

La Quinta; playinlaquinta.com/arts-culture/la-quinta-museum

PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Cimarron Golf Resort

Cathedral City; cimarrongolf.com

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells; indianwellsgolfresort.com

Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Palm Springs; indiancanyonsgolf.com

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage; omnihotels.com

Mission Lakes Country Club

Desert Hot Springs; missionlakescountryclub.com

Desert Willow

Palm Desert; desertwillow.com

SilverRock

La Quinta; silverrock.org

Big Rock Golf Course at Indian Springs

Indio; indianspringsgc.com