Palm Springs is popular for a variety of reasons, and if you’re looking to eat here it’s quite easy to have a great dining experience. The one thing that differentiates this town is that price is not always the a leading factor of quality. Here’s a list of our favorite picks for places in Palm Springs that offer great food without carrying the 3 or 4 dollar signs on Yelp.

The Sandwich Spot
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1. The Sandwich Spot

Address: 240 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262

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If you’re hungry in the middle of the day and want to grab a quick (but delicious) bite, The Sandwich Spot serves some of the country’s best sandwiches. Located at Palm Canyon Drive and only a short distance from the Palm Springs Art Museum, this is a cosy restaurant with a busy atmosphere.

It’s a perfect spot when you’re in a hurry but don’t want to compromise on deliciousness. The sandwich selection is quite varied and each item is made to near-perfection. The meatball sandwich delivers a taste that we’ve all come to love, and the Djovovic - which has Turkey and avocado - is especially flavorful.

Make sure to sample the ‘Dutch Crunch’ bread served here. It’s absolutely worth trying with its sweet crust and crunchiness. It’s a unique and rare treat that will be an excellent finisher to your lunchtime meal.

It’s worth noting that even though the sandwiches pack quite a bit of nutrition in them, they’re easy on the stomach. The next time you’re driving to LA or Palm Springs, forget about the local Subway and go to the Sandwich Spot instead.

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Address:  6 La Plaza, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Fancy a relaxed and fulfilling French breakfast away from the bustling ‘bistros’ of Palm Canyon Drive? Then simply go to FARM.

The first thing that will strike you as enter this restaurant is the great decor. Some say it’s vintage, while others say it’s got that garden-chic Bohemian vibe. Nevertheless, it’s an instantly memorable place even before you’ve ordered.

The staff is friendly and they will help you pick out select the perfect meal based on your mood or preferences. One of FARM’s more popular items is the Croque Madame, and once you try it you’ll understand why. The cheese and egg yolk make every bite delicious and the vinaigrette adds a nice tanginess to it.

If you want a taste of what real jam tastes like, order the excellent strawberry jam. It’s fresh and you actually get small chunks of strawberry in it. This could be a life changing experience, as you may never be able to enjoy regular mass-produced jam again.

Woody’s Palm House
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3. Woody’s Palm House

Address: 450 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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If you’re hungry but don’t have anything in particular in mind, why not have a burger? You can’t go wrong with a great burger, and Woody’s Palm House certainly delivers here. Located at South Palm Canyon Drive, this restaurant has a classic diner atmosphere, giving it a very comfortable and familiar vibe.

The real draw of this place has to be the burgers. Order the jalapeno burger and you’ll be treated to a juicy and flavorful beef patty with grilled jalapenos that give it the perfect amount of heat. The buns are toasty and the cheese completely melted and they don’t get in the way of a burger’s true flavor.

Complement your burgers with a side of sweet potato fries which seem to have some maple glaze drizzled on them, making for a tasty and potentially addictive snack. The restaurant’s staff is helpful and the welcoming atmosphere will definitely make you come back for more.

Evzin Palm Springs
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4. Evzin Palm Springs

Address: 72695 CA-111 A6, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Evzin Palm Springs, hands down, serves some of the best eats in California. Located on Palm Canyon Drive, this trendy restaurant manages to combine a vintage and modern feel into its decor without looking tacky.

Interesting decor aside, the food you’ll get here is top-notch. Order the lamb shawarma and prepare to be amazed at the tenderness of the meat such that it simply melts in your mouth. You can also try the octopus salad which is cooked perfectly with meat that’s again very tender.

Get a side of fries which again show the cooking prowess of the restaurant’s chefs - not soggy and not hard - cooked to absolute perfection. Service is great and the restaurant even serves bread while you wait for your meal to arrive. Make Evzin Palm Springs your next stop for a fulfilling meal.

Felipe’s Mexican Restaurant
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5. Felipe’s

Address: 400 S El Cielo Rd #8, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Located on El Cielo Road, Felipe’s is a local hangout which serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Many restaurants offer Mexican food. Really, that’s nothing special. But Felipe’s is the real deal.

Felipe is the master chef and comes from Guadalajara. He’s an artist when it comes to food as you’ll find when your order is served. Take something as simple as the ‘salad with chicken’ for example. The portion size is enormous but it’s really the tortilla bowl it comes in that steals the deal. The presentation and taste is spot on.

Tacos are served with crunchy shells, flavorful meat and just the right amount of oil i.e. not dripping.

If you’re around the Palm Springs area and have a craving for Mexican, Felipe’s should be your number one destination.