Although Pinkberry boasts more than 170 locations across four continents, every store demonstrates a similar commitment to re-creating the same highly guarded recipe. Beginning with nonfat, hormone-free milk, the frozen-yogurt artisans incorporate live and active cultures into the mixture, creating a frosty kosher treat with a pleasant yet natural tang. This original yogurt is always available, but staffers also concoct new seasonal flavors throughout the year. Additionally, they allow customers to accessorize the tightly swirled servings of yogurt by adding gourmet toppings from the selection of more than 30 possibilities, which includes natural honey-almond granola and italian caramel as well as seasonal fruits, which are cut fresh every day.
For 29 years, the family-owned Sloan's Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner has furnished tabletops with platters of comfort fare classics beneath the cheerful sports banners and neon signs of its dining area and lounge. Chefs appease visitors throughout the day with signature breakfasts, sandwiches, and specialties such as Baby Dutch german pancakes, garnished in a shower of butter and powdered sugar. Customers can sample sips from the restaurant's full bar while cheering for local sports teams and applauding infomercials on the eatery's multiple television sets.
Twenty three-year-old chef Jeremy Manley puts an adventurous spin on the California bistro, using an armory of locally sourced organic produce and seasonal ingredients from Julian, Ramona, Borrego Springs, and Valley Center. The ever-changing dinner menu regales diners with grilled California rib-eye steak served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and mushroom ragout ($26). The California Sunshine burger, like an avant-garde portrait of the Hamburglar, provides an exciting new look at the classic sandwich with its smooth coating of avocado butter, mango pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli ($14).
Located a few minutes from the hotel, Old Town La Quinta is a cluster of boutiques, restaurants, and cafés in Spanish-style buildings. An organic farmers' market is held here on Sunday mornings. Just outside of town, Joshua Tree National Park spreads across some 790,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. A haven for rock climbers, the park features thousands of named climbing routes, and several hiking trails wind throughout the area. Be advised that most of the park’s roads are unpaved and require vehicles with high ground clearance and four-wheel drive. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The pizza preparers at Rosati's Pizza hand-toss pies and adorn them with morsels from a roster of 19 meaty and veggie toppings. A few nanometers thicker than thin crust, the foundation for a large double-dough pizza flaunts a buttery hand-rolled edge. Toppings such as sausage, mushrooms, or fresh garlic decorate the pizza's melted-cheese surface like multiple badges for sword swallowing decorate a Webelos uniform. A pasta side of spaghetti or mostaccioli, bathed in homemade sauce, rounds out this dine-in, carryout, or delivered Italian spread (delivery fee not included).
The seasoned chefs at Juliette's Bakery keep a tempting roundup of cookies, cakes, and pastries in their sunny storefront, homegrown from fresh, often organic ingredients. The cookie varietals, like the political beliefs of the Franklin Pierce Fan Club, change on a daily basis, but popular dough disks include snickerdoodle, tuscan almond biscotti, and oatmeal cranberry ($10/lb.). Customers can also stock picnic-blanket bundles with a fruit danish ($2.50) or hearty whole-grain blueberry muffin ($2), or devour their selection in the shop with a mug of fresh-brewed Gaviña coffee ($1.50). Additionally, sugar enthusiasts can show the world they've moved on after the southward migration of ice-cream-truck herds by divvying up one of Juliette's eye-entrancing cakes.
Satisfying meals and handcrafted beer intersect with premium sports viewing at Lamppost Pizza and Backstreet Brewery, founded in 1976 by Angelo Barro and his sons, Dan and Tom. Today, the franchise welcomes patrons to 37 locations in three states, and the philosophy remains the same at all of them. Seven big-screen TVs broadcast football, basketball, and baseball games from around the leagues to entertain patrons sipping small-batch draft beers brewed onsite. Fans munch on traditional sports-viewing snacks, such as jalapeño poppers, potato skins, and deep-fried depth charts. Chefs also prepare heartier entrees including garlic-chicken pasta, Pesto Supreme pizzas covered with artichoke hearts, and The Linebacker, a pizza loaded with pepperoni, salami, ground beef, sausage, and two types of bacon.