Desert Dining: Plant Based Edition
When you visit Palm Springs to bask by the pool, partake in the local outdoor activities and dine at one of the many vibrant local establishments, one welcomed trend taking off and here to stay is healthy, plant-based dining.
Our front desk receives numerous inquiries about where to go for a healthy plant based dining experience. Whether you’ve dived in head first becoming vegan, are vegetarian or opening up to the idea of adding more veggies into your life, we have just the places to satisfy your desire for exceptional, local plant-based cuisine.
Chef Tanya’s Kitchen opened in 2017 to great fanfare. The intimate cafe is one of the most famous in the Coachella Valley and a must for plant based aficionados. It offers a variety of sandwiches, refreshing salads and you have to try their signature CTK Original Burger made with their house cultured tempeh recipe.
Another local favorite is Palm Green’s Cafe, within walking distance from Santiago and a great place for vegan or vegetarian newbies. Start your morning off with one of their many organic offerings including Vegan Biscuits and Gravy and breakfast tacos made with eggs or tofu. They also offer burgers, bowls and larger entree options including Vegan Lasagna.
If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, then El Mirasol Cocina Mexicana should be a stop during your stay in Palm Springs. They have a variety of vegetarian selections and can accommodate special requests. We highly recommend their Veggie Burrito. El Mirasol has two locations, North, located at Los Arboles Hotel and South, located on Palm Canyon. The North location has a popular outdoor patio and there’s also seating by the pool. Reservations are recommended, especially during high season.
Also on the North side of town, you can experience an exquisite culinary feast from the far east at Roly China Fusion. Owned by the Gardner Hospitality Group, who also owns the popular 533 Viet Fusion in South Palm Springs, Roly China Fusion is helmed by chef and owner Chad Gardner who creates flavorful Chinese entrees including the amazing Green Tofu Curry. The restaurant also serves several small vegetarian plates, which are perfect for sharing.
If your mood calls for a pub with a comprehensive drink selection and seasonal freshly prepared hearty and savory food, then head over to 1501 Uptown Gastropub. Opened in 2020, by Eight Four Nine’s Willie Rhine and Roly China Fusion’s Chad Gardner, 1501 Uptown Gastropub serves many vegan and vegetarian options. They offer an excellent brunch and a fantastic patio for outdoor dining.
Your culinary tour of the desert shouldn’t be limited to Palm Springs. There are several restaurants to be discovered in the Valley’s other cities. Two of them include Wildest Restaurant and Bar in Palm Desert and Barrel District Pizza in Cathedral City.
Wildest Restaurant and Bar is the brainchild of owner Denise DuBarry Hays whose love of health and wellness inspired her to create an elevated dining experience with her restaurant. Take the trip to Palm Desert and rest assured, you will have a memorable evening.
If your weekend is in need of some comfort food, then look further than Barrel District Pizza Bar & Kitchen in Cathedral City. There you will find a surprising selection of vegan and vegetarian options including pizza made with Cauliflower crust. They also have a varied selection of shared plates, vegan tacos, entree sized salads which can all be enjoyed in their casual and relaxed dining room.
Wherever you decide to dine, we are sure that you will have an enjoyable experience at any of these restaurants. Let us know your thoughts when you return to Santiago.