French Restaurants in Rancho Mirage

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Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights' freshly made delectable desserts have garnered this ice creamery several accolades: MyFOXla voted Frostbites the best ice-cream parlor, while The Tonight Show granted it a custom-made jingle. Loosen up with the 16 flavors of sorbet chill (starting at $2.59), made with authentic italian ice, or dive taste buds into creamy chocolate frozen custard (starting at $2.79), made from natural ingredients such as egg yolk. Commitment-phobic customers can combine the two with the sorbet cream (starting at $2.89), where fruity flavors such as watermelon, coconut, and orange merge with rich vanilla custard. Those in the mood for pancake-esque desserts can fill up with a sweet crêpe ($3.29) hot off the griddle and topped with a choice of sauces (each $.69) and accoutrements (each $.89). Buck traditional notions of French cuisine with a sandwich crêpe (starting at $3.99), stuffed with a choice of meat, cheese, condiments, and fresh vegetables.

10347 Magnolia Ave
Riverside,
CA
US

The culinary craftspeople at Cello's American Bistro effortlessly assemble a menu full of chic, fresh fare served in a relaxing atmosphere. Starters such as the shrimp scampitini ($14) loosen mouth muscles to prevent chewing sprains and improve the accuracy of howler monkey impressions. Main events such as bone-in pork chops with seasonal vegetables ($25) and mussels flanked by tomato and chorizo ($26) fuel folks with layered flavors and oomphs of freshness. The spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed eggplant cannelloni ($18) heartily sustains plant eaters, and Cello’s welcoming staff can help guests navigate the menu or select an heirloom-tomato variety to name a new baby after.

35943 Date Palm Dr
Cathedral City,
CA
US

"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.

515 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs,
CA
US

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.

81539 US Highway 111
Indio,
CA
US

Dating back to 1969, Mount Palomar Winery ranks among Temecula's oldest wineries. Today, its historic winery and sprawling vineyard stretch across more than 315 acres nestled right in the heart of Temecula wine country. Guests can climb atop the grand staircase, which offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding vineyards and mountains at 1400-foot elevation. The beautiful scenery gives way to numerous venues for weddings, social outings, and corporate events.

33820 Rancho California Rd
Temecula,
CA
US

Small, home town atmosphere. Fresh, home made food.

662 Enterprise St
Escondido,
CA
US