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California Restaurants

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Farm
6 La Plaza, Baristo
Owner Liz Ostoich modeled Farm after the places she visited in her travels through southern France. This explains the Provençal aesthetic in the garden dining area (green shutters, wicker chairs, rustic wood dining tables), the French-press coffee, the house-made jams, and the truly impressive variety of paper-thin sweet and savory crepes. When we're there, we participate in an (almost) all-Brie diet, made possible by the pear, Brie, arugula, walnut, and date jam baguette, followed by the hazelnut, fig, and brown-sugar-baked Brie.
Las Casuelas Terraza
222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Baristo
A Palm Springs classic, Las Casuelas has been serving live music and killer margaritas (the blood orange with Casamigos is our favorite) since the ’70s. And it’s the perfect spot to hit before a night on the town, thanks to the central location. Foodwise, we love the crunchy taquitos, tortilla soup, and the achiote chicken lettuce wraps (for health-conscious LA weekenders). Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the house-made guacamole.
La Copine
848 Old Woman Springs Rd., Flamingo Heights
This small roadside restaurant is a haven of biodynamic wine and vegetable dishes so tasty and satisfying, you’ll question your meat-eating ways. Even a simple green salad here is a complex bowl of kale, red oak lettuce, pickled carrots, seeds, and herbs—tossed in a lemony vinaigrette. Fingerlings are grilled with duck fat; beets are paired with plums and a pistachio dressing. Check the hours before you go, as opening times vary. The last thing you want is to make the drive out here and find out that it’s closed (sadly, we speak from experience).
Pappy & Harriet’s
53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown
We’re always ready for a night of casual hedonism at Pappy’s. A sprawling bar-meets-restaurant-meets-live-music-venue on the edge of Pioneertown, anything goes here. While you wait (and without a reservation, you will definitely wait), order a beer at the always-packed bar before settling down at your table to racks of ribs, baskets of fries, and another beer. Afterward, jostle for space on the dance floor, which is always packed full of locals in cowboy boots, Angelenos down for the night, bikers, and bachelorettes rocking out to live country music.
Mr. Lyons Steakhouse
233 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Twin Palms
Mr. Lyons checks all the boxes of a proper steakhouse supper. The retro shrimp cocktail is impeccable, the filet mignon is fork-tender, and the beef Wellington Rossini is a true showstopper. In a steakhouse, it’s the sides we get most excited about, and Mr. Lyons is no exception. A dish of lobster mac ’n’ cheese, crispy smashed potatoes, or onion rings is a meal all on its own. Start dinner sipping on a martini as you eye up the space’s elegant marble flooring, plush velvet seating, and of course, your fellow diners.
The Barn Kitchen at Sparrows Lodge
1330 E. Palm Canyon Dr., South Palm Springs
If you can snag a reservation, you’re in for a real treat at this small, cozy hotel’s restaurant (seating is limited, and hotel guests get first priority; walk-ins aren’t accepted). The family-style suppers are served at long, wooden communal tables and include starters like date and orange salad before the entrée (along the lines of marinated rib eye with garlic smashed potatoes or roasted chicken with wild rice). The garden setting feels totally private, like a dinner party at a friend’s gorgeous desert compound.
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