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Palm Springs: 6 Places for Casual Eats

If you're in search of a bite to eat like a made-to-order burger to satisfying your sweet tooth or a cup of Joe, Palm Springs has it all.

Staff Report Current Guide, Restaurants

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Sink your teeth into a made-to-order burger at Smokin' Burgers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MOLLIE KIMBERLING

Smokin’ Burgers

1775 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 220 palm springs
760-883-5999
smokinburgers.com

This bustling neighborhood joint keeps the crowds coming back with made-to-order burgers, generous portions, and a lively atmosphere that includes a spacious patio and friendly Cheers-like full bar that stays open late seven days a week. The 187 Burger, topped with grilled habaneros, jalapeños, and ghost pepper sauce, is said to be the desert’s hottest, while the Awesome Burger (pictured) with crispy onions and bacon may be among the most awesome. There are also sandwiches, salads, wraps, tacos, fish and chips, and veggie and turkey burger options. The wild-caught Alaskan salmon is a local favorite.

Double the Happy

Smokin’ Burgers hosts two happy hours every day, from 3 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. till midnight. With well-priced food on the menu, plus discounts on house wine, beer, and well drinks, how can you go wrong?

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PHOTOGRAPH BY MOLLIE KIMBERLING
Koffi

1700 S. Camino Real palm springs
760-322-7776
kofficoffee.com

515 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
760-416-2244

650 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs
760-318-0145

Co-founders John Abner and John Strohm opened the first Koffi location in Palm Springs two decades ago. The café has since grown into a local empire with three bright and cheery locations in Palm Springs, as well as a roastery café in Rancho Mirage.

Baristas whip up cold brew, lattes, Americanos, and more using Koffi’s thoughtfully sourced, house-roasted beans. The coffee hails from locales including Mexico, Ethiopia, and Peru. Blends often share monikers with Coachella Valley landmarks, such as San Jacinto (a citrusy variety with berry notes) and Thunderbird Country Club (herbal, with a tangerine and hazelnut finish).

Breakfast sandwiches and baked goods beat what you’ll find at any major chain.

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Açaí Oasis

144 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
760-902-4625
acaioasis.com

Born from a personal desire to find healthy, tasty, and easily accessible eats in Palm Springs, Açaí Oasis specializes in Brazilian snacks, including familiar açaí bowls, Brazilian coffee, and tapioca — a gluten-free flatbread made with yuca gum, a popular street food that’s similar to a crêpe.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRISTINA FRARY
Gelato Granucci

301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 104
Palm Springs
760-318-7700
gelato granucci.com

The owners of this artisanal gelato shop learned their craft from Italian relatives who passed down the skill over generations. Housemade flavors rotate seasonally and include vegan varieties, as well as specials like gelato pops, cakes, granita, and cannoli.

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Brandini Toffee

132 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
760-200-1598
brandini toffee.com

Brandini Toffee is a local, family-owned company that has gone global thanks to an Oprah endorsement, among other rave reviews. Almond toffee is the staple, but the company’s list of goodies has grown to include toffee popcorn, chocolate-dipped pretzels rolled in toffee crumbles, toffee milkshakes, and hand-dipped ice cream bars. For a factory tour, make the drive to the flagship store in Rancho Mirage.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIELA STALLINGER
The Sandwich Spot

240 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs
760-778-7900
sandwichspotps.com

It’s not just a sandwich spot, it’s the spot for a sandwich in Palm Springs, as evidenced by the line that snakes out the door around lunchtime most days. Tennis buffs will appreciate items like the Djokovic (turkey, bacon, cheddar, and avocado) and French Open (marinated chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, and pepper jack). Top it off with a chocolate-chip cookie — they bake one of the desert’s best.