Palm Springs' Hollywood Regulars on Where to Eat and What to Do
Insiders share their favorite spots to visit while in the desert.
This story first appeared in the March 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Where to Eat and Drink
For breakfast, locals fight for tables at Cheeky's (622 N. Palm Canyon Drive), famed for its bacon flight. "If you can make friends with Ron, who runs the door, you can maybe have a shot of cutting that line," says ROAR Management's Bernie Cahill.
ROAR's Will Ward suggests Workshop Kitchen + Bar (800 N. Palm Canyon Drive) for its "ready to take home and finish cooking" meals. "It's a really cool concept," he says. "They prepare the food, get it just ready to cook and give you the instructions to bring home and actually cook yourself."
Shine America's Rich Ross likes to munch on pizza at Birba (622 N. Palm Canyon Drive), wiener schnitzel at Johannes (196 S. Indian Canyon Drive) and, he adds, "Of course, the coffee at Koffi (515 N. Palm Canyon Drive)."
Darryl Macdonald, director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, prefers Jiao (515 N. Palm Canyon Drive), the "hip Asian-fusion restaurant run by the folks who brought you Cheeky's," he says.
Syco Entertainment's Ann-Marie Thomson likes cocktails and dancing at old-school piano bar Melvyn's (200 W. Ramon Road). For brunch, she likes Jake's (664 N. Palm Canyon Drive) for the turkey BLT and "the best Bloody Marys in California."
ICM Partners' Chuck James loves the patio and fire pit at Copley's (621 N. Palm Canyon Drive), once Cary Grant's estate, and "their famous lemon and lavender pound cake." He adds: "You don't know if you are a hipster or visiting a high-end nursing home, which is what makes it so strangely fun."
The Colony Palm Hotel's Purple Palm (572 N. Indian Canyon Drive) "feels like Palm Springs, with the restaurant right on the pool," says Slate PR's Stephen Huvane.
"Take a taxi for the authentic Mexican food with super-strong margaritas at El Mirasol (140 E. Palm Canyon Drive)," says Madica Productions' Jeff Tahler. Mister Parker's (4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive) is also a favorite. "Not only do they make the best martinis in town, but their warm sourdough loaf is quite possibly the best way to start any meal," says Tahler.
Ross Mathews, host of E!'s Hello Ross, gets the sweet corn and queso fresco appetizer at the tequila bar at the Saguaro Hotel's El Jefe (1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive).
What to Do
Innovative Artists agent Steve Muller hikes the Bump & Grind trail in Palm Desert for sightings of bighorn sheep.
Tahler sits around the fire pit at The Parker Palm Springs hotel (4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive). "You will make new friends and potentially even sell a show."
Men's shop Wil Stiles (875 N. Palm Canyon Drive) is a favorite of Fusion Management's Marc Schwartz for its "collections by many European designers you cannot find elsewhere."
Denis Morella, EP of Disney Jr.'s Sheriff Callie's Wild West, stops by Moorten Botanical Garden (1701 S. Palm Canyon Drive), co-founded by Keystone Cop Chester Moorten, for its unusual succulents.
"I always go to the spa at Riviera resort (1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive)," says Mathews, "to sit by the spa pool area and get a glass of champagne."
UTA's Louise Ward goes to Deja Vu (664 N. Palm Canyon Drive) for vintage clothes.
Actress Jaime Murray suggests midcentury modern furniture store Retrospect Boutique (666 N. Palm Canyon Drive). "Laine, the owner, is a wealth of information and charm," she says.