More than 50 years of tradition seep into the generous portions at Rincon Norteño, a Mexican restaurant known for its warm (and free) salsa. Enjoy it while digging into a warm plate of chilaquiles with carne asada.
83011 Indio Boulevard
Locals love this under-the-radar gem for its stellar chips and salsa. Try the Nachos with Chili Colorado or Chili Verde or the signature Tamale Boat. Plan on getting this to go (this isn’t a sit-down joint) and chowing down on your way to the festival.
82721 Wilson Avenue,
Lost on 111 Grill & Art Lounge
Before you lose yourself to the music, get Lost on 111 with some serious island vibes. Go full Hawaiian with the Loco Moco Spam, and don’t miss the in-house gallery.
79410 Highway 111
La Quinta. 760-564-8601
Brunch is the headliner at Louise’s Pantry, a longtime local spot favored for its hearty comfort classics. Go for the corned beef hash or the chicken-fried steak and eggs, and be sure to order a mimosa.
47150 Washington Street
La Quinta. 760-771-3330
The Café at Shields Date Garden
Start your day under a canopy of palm trees at Shields Date Garden, where The Café’s pancakes are both comforting and awe-inspiring. Bananas, date butter, and date sprinkles set these flapjacks apart.
80225 Highway 111
Indio. 760-775-0902 www.shieldsdategarden.com
La Quinta Baking Company
French-inspired fare may elevate your musical tastes at La Quinta Baking Company. Splurge on the Croque Madame, an egg-topped sandwich made with ham, Swiss cheese, béchamel sauce, and French bread. Magnifique!
78395 Highway 111
La Quinta. 760-777-1699
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHIELDS DATE GARDEN
The pancakes at Shield’s Date Garden are both comforting and awe-inspiring.
Healthy homemade options from the breakfast sandwich or burrito, baked goods, deli sandwiches, and salads. Call ahead to order. Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
44911 Golf Center Parkway
Kick off an epic weekend with an epic brunch drink: the Frankenmary. This 32-ounce behemoth Bloody Mary is topped with two chicken wings, two deep-fried cheese sticks, a slider, and a grilled shrimp skewer.
81539 Highway 111
Indio. 760-347-3923 www.sloansrestaurant.com
PHOTO BY NEIL HUSVAR
The Trump from TKB Bakery.
LATE NIGHT BITES
A late-night staple of the gay-friendly Arenas nightlife district, Bongo Johnny’s is perfect for 1 a.m. diner fare. Open Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m.; Sunday until 11 p.m.
214 E. Arenas Road
Palm Springs. 760-866-1905
Late Nite Munchies
If partying like a rock star makes you head straight to your hotel room after the show, why not have Ben & Jerry’s or McDonald’s delivered to your door? Palm Springs only.Open Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m.; Sunday until 1 a.m.
Poker Deli at Agua Caliente
Casino Resort Spa
Relive your favorite Desert Trip moments over heaping plates of buffalo wings and chili cheese fries, a sizzling patty melt, or Asian specialties like banh mi or Korean bulgogi. Open daily until 6 a.m.
32250 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage. 888-999-1995 www.hotwatercasino.com/poker-deli
POM at Fantasy Springs
Steer clear of the one-armed bandits and spend your remaining dough on anything from soup and salad to steaks, pasta, and seafood. Open Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m.; Sunday until 11 p.m.
84245 Indio Springs Parkway