The Real Italian Deli is one of those places everybody wishes they had around the corner from their apartment. The small, order-at-the-counter spot is in a rundown strip mall a few miles outside of downtown Palm Springs, but they make some of our favorite sandwiches in town. You’re going to want the parma sandwich (prosciutto and mozzarella) on a housemade torpedo roll with a side of their mac salad. Bonus: There’s a grocery component here too if you’re in the mood to cook up an Italian feast later tonight at the vacation rental.
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Melvyn’s is an old-school steakhouse in Palm Springs that feels like perfectly-preseved Rat Pack relic.
Juniper Table is an all-day restaurant in a Palm Springs hotel with excellent food, and a patio that’s a great place for breakfast.
4 Saints is a rooftop spot with a panoramic view of Palm Springs and is a great spot for an upscale dinner.
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Philippe The Original
Chinatown deli Philippe The Original carries much culinary (and cultural) significance. It’s still very much worth the trip.
Kings Deli is a New York-style deli with fantastic pastrami in the shadow of the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank.
Bay Cities is a Santa Monica classic that’s been open since 1925. Most importantly, it’s home to The Godmother, Los Angeles’ greatest sandwich.
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Chi Chi is a poolside restaurant at the Avalon in Palm Springs, serving Latin-tinged brunch food.
The Purple Palm
The Purple Palm in Palm Springs serves a very solid American-ish brunch from 8am-3pm on weekends next to a pool.
Crazy Coyote Tacos
Stopping at Mexican spot Crazy Coyote in Banning for their giant tacos is mandatory on any drive to or from Palm Springs.
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