Sweet Basil in Palm Desert.
PHOTOGRAPH BY FAB FERNANDEZ
Our readers voted for their favorite restaurants, shops, and activities in the Coachella Valley. We’re spotlighting a few of the winners from more than 20 categories. For the entire list, check out directory.palmspringslife.com.
Lulu California Bistro
Perched on downtown Palm Springs’ buzzy Palm Canyon Drive, Lulu California Bistro presents a multipage menu spanning a variety of culinary styles, all with a wholesome California approach. Think ahi poke bowls, barbecue chicken pizza, ceviche, and quinoa-stuffed acorn squash. lulupalmsprings.com
The chic family-owned eatery on El Paseo serves a fresh California take on international fare. A small menu spotlights pastas, steak, seafood, “naanwiches” (lunchtime sandwiches served on grilled naan bread), and sweet finishes including housemade doughnuts. sweetbasilpd.com
The Pink Cabana
Executive chef Jason Niederkorn prepares Mediterranean- and Moroccan-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this restaurant at Sands Hotel & Spa. His ingredient-driven approach highlights seasonal flavors every meal of the day. sandshotelandspa.com
Good people and good times come together at this Old Town La Quinta bar and grill known for a lively atmosphere and local crowd. Rich comfort food pairs with dark leafy salads and daily rotating appetizers that are great for groups. roadrunnerlq.com
This casual eatery inside Augustine Casino serves up a lengthy menu from breakfast to dessert. The ½-pound Augustine Burger, which comes standard with bacon and cheddar on a jalapeño bun, and the signature seafood tacos are popular picks. augustinecasino.com