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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Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe
For an affordable brunch filled with comfort food in Palm Springs, Wilma and Frieda’s Cafe is the place to go.
Cheeky’s serves excellent brunch classics in Palm Springs, and usually has the long lines to prove it.
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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Mickey’s Italian Deli
A little south of most of the stores on Hermosa Ave., Mickey’s Deli is a Hermosa Beach legend with some very solid Italian deli classics.
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.
The Santa Monica location of downtown deli Wexler’s is just as good as the original.
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Chi Chi is a poolside restaurant at the Avalon in Palm Springs, serving Latin-tinged brunch food.
Draughtsman is a nice break from the all the Palm Springs poolside cocktails, with craft beer, burgers, and a side patio stocked with games.
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.
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