By Marissa Willman
It’s time to discover your next favorite restaurant—the 5th annual Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week starts Friday, offering 10 days of fresh dining experiences and ample opportunity to sample the desert’s diverse culinary offerings.
More than 100 desert businesses will participate in the event. Restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for the 10-day event, where for $24 or $36, diners can enjoy a special Restaurant Week appetizer, main course and dessert. Restaurants prepare special menus for the event, allowing chefs to flex their creative muscles and highlight both their unique and year-round offerings. The diverse list of participating restaurants covers all types of cuisine, and includes Restaurant Week favorites such as Jackalope Ranch in Indio and Copley’s on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs.
Ready to put some of the desert’s newest restaurants to a taste test? Then be sure to check out HooDoo at the Palm Springs Hyatt and Tinto at The Saguaro in Palm Springs. HooDoo will offer main dishes such as mojito salmon and Corona and lime-marinated brick chicken. Over at celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Tinto, guests can enjoy two appetizers, such as chicken brochette and gazpacho, two entrees, including duck montadito and short rib bocadillo, and a chocolate or buñelos-inspired dessert course. Guests can also add wine pairings for $15.
Reservations aren’t a must but are definitely recommended, as restaurants can’t guarantee walk-in availability.
Restaurant Week isn’t limited to just dining, either. As part of the event’s “Eat. See. Stay” theme, local hotels, spas and attractions are offering Restaurant Week specials to provide a well-rounded experience. Plenty of local hotels and spas are offering special discounts especially for Restaurant Week, making for a great opportunity to indulge in a spa treatment, girlfriend getaway or family staycation. Spa seekers should check out The Riviera’s SpaTerre in Palm Springs, which is offering a 20% discount for a la carte spa services. Hotels like The Saguaro will offer a 25% discount during the event, and guests at the JW Marriott will receive a daily $100 resort credit toward spa services or dining.
Local attractions are also offering special deals for tourists and locals alike. Explore the desert’s local attractions with special discounts, such as The Living Desert’s printable $3 discount coupon on the Restaurant Week website. Desert Adventures, which operates a variety of eco-tours in the desert, will offer tour and dine packages with restaurants such as Kaiser Grille, Trio Restaurant, Vicky’s of Santa Fe and Las Casuelas Terraza.
Restaurant Week started in 2007 with less than 30 participating venues and has since grown to a 10-day event that serves tens of thousands of meals. For more information, menus and to make reservations, visit PalmSpringsRestaurantWeek.com.