The hours between breakfast and lunch open a wide window to indulge in this flexible food time of brunch. In Palm Springs, there’s no shortage of eateries to that void for a late morning-early afternoon meal. Many restaurants cater their menus and daytime cocktails to satisfy your craving for something syrupy or salty from sunrise to well past noon. After a vigorous hike up Tahquitz Canyon or a leisurely bike ride through downtown, a hearty mix of breakfast and lunch is a great way to ease into the day.
Brunching has become a way of life in Palm Springs according to Kelly McFall, owner of Wilma & Frieda, where an old-school roadside diner ambiance intersects with a contemporary twist on your grandmother’s recipes. Brunch concoctions like the griddled meatloaf and eggs and the soy-rizo scramble are just some of the playful culinary creations of McFall and Chef Oscar Ayala.
“We put our heads together and come up with favorites we had as kids. But make no mistake, our French toast is done more like a foodie with a taste you crave and want more,” McFall said.
Serving up an all-day breakfast menu at Cheeky’s you’ll discover custard cheesy scrambled eggs and a bacon flight with curious flavors like jalapeño, apple cinnamon and tahini that elevate pork to the next level. Chefs at Bongo Johnny’s invented a pancake sandwich of eggs and sausage nestled inside hot cakes. With bottomless mimosa specials at the contemporary diner, it’s easy to sip and stay on the upper level patio long into the afternoon. Pinocchio’s In The Desert, Eight4Nine, and Farm are other open-air bistros to enjoy an omelet outdoors. Further down Highway 111, classic diners like Elmer’s and King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel make eggs anyway you like from scrambled to over-easy.
For boozy brunches, Moxie infuses live entertainment hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews’ dazzling crew of queens. The combination of pop culture trivia, sing-alongs and mimosas is an unforgettable “egg-stravaganza” experience not to be missed. The build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at Draughtsman on the Arrive hotel complex lets you to customize with garnish varieties like shrimp, bacon, celery and more. Also known for its extensive craft beer selection, pair an IPA with a vanilla beer waffle with blueberries, bananas and whipped cream.
Vegans and vegetarians love Nature’s Health Food & Café’s organic menu that offers a pitaya bowl chock full of hemp hearts, almond milk and mangos. Celebrating California cuisine from local growers, the avocado toast and tofu veggie breakfast burrito are two delectable farm to table dishes.
Of course, brunch in the desert is best served sunny-side up. “We’re a local favorite because we have a little bit of everything for everyone,” said owner Oscar Babb, whose family operates the Broken Yolk Café. “We’re known for our south of the border corncake benedicts with Southern California flair that a lot of folks enjoy.”
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