Tuna Crudo at Boozehounds in Palm Springs.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY BOOZEHOUNDS PALM SPRINGS
Whether you crave super-duper spicy chicken or an idyllic cheeseburger, savor those delectable dishes — and munch more — at these new restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.
There’s more to this dog-friendly restaurant in the Uptown Design District than its canine-loving touches (like the “bad bitches” neon sign in the female-identifying restroom or a separate entrance and outdoor dining area for pooches). In the ultra-chic indoor dining room designed by Jenni-Kate Rogers, savor fabulous cocktails and food. What to Order: Executive chef Corey Baker’s background is in sushi, and it shows with his crudos: Bluefin tuna, Japanese yellowtail, and Tasmanian ocean trout.
JWB GrillPalm Springs
Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs’ laid-back-but-elevated restaurant features an unexpectedly eclectic menu. (JWB are the initials of Margaritaville maestro Jimmy Buffet.) Enjoy dishes ranging from a Peruvian-style ceviche to a giant chicken schnitzel with harissa in the beachy dining room overlooking the hotel’s massive main pool. What to Order: It’s sacrilege not to have a cheeseburger in paradise. JWB’s rendition features a custom beef blend. For vegetarian Parrotheads, there’s a plant-based option.
Dave’s Hot Chicken
The beloved spicy chicken purveyor from Los Angeles opened its first local outpost in the East Valley, tricking out an industrial-style space with a trippy mural of cosmic cacti and a giant festival Ferris wheel. The tenders and sliders are available in seven signature levels of heat: no spice, lite mild, mild, medium, hot, extra hot, and — caaareful! — reaper. What to Order: The medium and hot options offer the most sizzle without compromising juiciness. Cool off with a milkshake made of actual ice cream.
As the Joshua tree wallpaper lining the entire dining room indicates, this eatery inside Hotel Paseo is quintessentially Californian. The farm-to-table fare includes red wine braised short ribs, three-cheese tortellini, herb-brined pork chop, and Beyond meat Bolognese over rigatoni. There’s also a filet and hanger steak from Creekstone Farms. What to Order: Come for a snack attack during happy hour. The grilled artichoke and bacon-wrapped dates are made with locally sourced ingredients.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is the latest site for this burger chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his famous brothers, Donnie and Mark. (The trio and their families starred in an A&E reality series about the trials and tribulations of operating the business for 10 seasons.) Besides loaded-up burgers, you can order chicken sandwiches, salads, and chili. What to Order: Tater tot lovers rejoice! Wahlburgers serves five types of tots, including Parmesan truffle, sweet potato, and spicy cheese and bacon.