Some of Gonzo Tacos' regulars are Yucca Valley locals. Others are out-of-towners who stop by whenever they're driving across the desert toward Joshua Tree National Park. But no matter where they come from, everyone who frequents Gonzo Tacos does so for the same reason: skillfully executed Mexican cuisine with more than a hint of fusion.
Inside the restaurant?decorated with memorabilia from the original gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson?cooks stuff burritos and tacos with proteins such as Indian-style chicken tikka in yogurt sauce or sesame-marinated skirt steak complete with wasabi aioli. Vegetarians can opt for a filling of chardonnay-marinated veggies or order mac and cheese laced with savory Soyrizo. For dessert, try the Mexican chocolate tart studded with spiced pecans.
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.
Palm Springs' bevy of fine-dining offerings begins at the Riviera's Circa 59, where seasonal ingredients take center stage on a carefully crafted menu of artfully prepared California fusion dishes. Innovative house cocktails and an extensive wine list complement grilled morsels including steaks and fresh-from-the-coast seafood. Off-campus, Las Casuelas Terraza—one of a constellation of authentic Mexican restaurants owned by the locally famous Delgado family—draws on closely guarded family recipes to dish up light and fluffy chilis rellenos, tender shredded-pork carnitas, and homestyle beef picadillos. Peckish travelers can also find small-scale appetite appeasement at Hadley Fruit Orchards, an emporium of local munchies popular with locals since the 1930s, where peanut brittle, crispy okra chips, and a variety of dried dates await a rumbling tummy to call their own. Fewer than 10 minutes from the Riviera, the stunning Escena Golf Club allows visitors to feast on lush views framed by the towering San Jacinto Mountains as its 99 bunkers devour errant shots and wayward pitching wedges. The Jack Nicklaus–designed course competes for aesthetic attention with the clubhouse, which boasts a modern design and serves as home to the local favorite, Escena Lounge & Grill.
Mingling Mexican, Greek, and American recipes, Goody's Cafe's skilled chefs grill hearty entrees of steak, grilled seafood, and zesty fajitas to sate awaiting appetites. An array of breads bundles deli-style sandwiches and hefty charbroiled burgers, and breakfasts of sweet waffles and savory omelets deck plates at all hours of the day. Convenient counter service allows for effortless dish delivery, letting diners savor old-fashioned dinners without the hassle of rubbing two frozen meals together.
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.