"Sit down, relax and start the day with a real cup of coffee," advises a Press-Enterprise review of Café Europa. "One of the secrets to a great cup of coffee is to make it in small batches instead of in those industrial size containers that sit on a burner until the last drop is gone." Café Europa's intimate confines capture European hospitality, even forgoing a freezer in favor of fresh-made dishes. That spirit of taking the time to do everything well extends into the rest of the menu, which offers both American- and European-sized portions.
Each day, produce trucks drive up to the restaurant, delivering locally sourced and organic fruits and veggies. Those might include asparagus, which joins with organic yogurt to showcase a unique version of eggs benedict, or dill and spinach for omelettes. Those omelettes are made with omega-3 eggs, which are organic just like many of the restaurant's other ingredients. Paninis showcase nitrate-free meats and allow European influences to shine. Furthering the feeling that you are in a bohemian and sun-soaked land is an open, dog-friendly patio with a view of the adjacent park, where glasses of beer, French and Italian wine, and exotic soju cocktails click together.
Woody's Burgers and Beer has established such popularity that San Diego locals voted it the Best Burger in city during a contest by 101KGB. Similarly, the restaurant won the title of Best Burger Palm Springs in 2011 in Palm Spring Life's Best of the Best. Woody's feels like a 1950s era diner, complete with French fries and malts, but it also prepares more modern options. The chefs invite guests to substitute a chicken burger for any burger on the menu or opt for a meat-free burger made from Portobello mushrooms. To complement the food, the team also pours craft beers and maintains a wine list that has several options, unlike a dating site for heads of state.
More than 50 food trucks will roll in from all over Southern California this year for the Palm Springs Food Truck Festival, a culinary event organized by Cliff Young of PBS' Out to Eat. Participants range from Oooh La La Crepes to Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, a truck specializing in encased meats such as cilantro-infused duck sausages or Zonker Stout Habanero Cherry Buffalo brats. Festival-goers can also snack on free samples, sip brews in a beer garden, or digest to the beat of live music.
Praised in a bevy of national publications including Wired and O, The Oprah Magazine, M-Edge Accessories' covers, lights, and stands enhance e-reader versatility, protection, and panache. A beach-bound Amazon Kindle shields itself from sand and surf in a Leisure Jacket ($34.99), and the Incline Jacket ($49.99) enrobes Apple’s iPad in supple leather, an extra perk for fingers still rejoicing in freedom from paper cuts. The adjustable e-Luminator Touch Booklight ($19.99) attaches neatly into all M-Edge Accessories jackets, and brightens e-pages on medium intensity for more than 20 hours on a single AAA battery. With custom MyEdge jackets ($40–$50) for iPad, Kindle, and Nook, customers can create their own tech tunics. DIY-ers can upload images and add text, patterns, and colors to craft a one-of-a-kind wrapper declaring "Litterasy iz kewl," or customers can simply select designs from the style library. Each custom casing swaddles screens in a microsuede interior, and the Scotchgard-treated canvas covers prevent damage from liquid, dirt, and debris.
Whipping up a variety of grandiose and impeccably presented dishes, Johannes Restaurant infuses its fare with only the highest-quality components. Diners can savor each mouthwatering bite with a clear conscience knowing that the top-notch cuisine is prepared with sustainable ingredients that are never frozen or stored in a bear cave. The menu is eclectic, and includes vegetarian and vegan options as well.
A friendly open-air bar and grill with a diverse clientele, Hamburger Mary's serves signature half-pound burgers, fresh pizzas, and expertly assembled sandwiches from fresh, in-house ingredients. Comfort foodies can set their sites on Mary’s vast menu of hearty options such as Mary's Boffo burger, a towering display of beef loaded with cheese and thousand island dressing ($13.99), while adventure seekers can wrangle wily kangaroo, boar, and antelope burgers into their mouth menageries. Components of nearly every dish are made to order on location, from sauces and dressings to fresh, brioche buns. Collect miniature cocktail umbrellas for your frog village during happy hour at Mary's boisterous full bar with drinks starting at $1.75, Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill's menu bursts with authentic Mexican fare, prepared fresh daily by Sinaloa, Mexico native and executive chef Ernesto Gastelum. Famished patrons can begin their feasting fiesta with chilis gueritos (yellow peppers) stuffed with shrimp, garlic, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, and accompanied by a creamy soy sauce ($12.95). Tableside guacamole, a mashup of avocados, tomatoes, and onions in a deep-fried tortilla shell, comes kissed with lime juice under an aromatic sprig of cilantro mistletoe ($8.95).