While I often feature a fine dining restaurant, usually offering dinner service only, I was so impressed with a recent breakfast experience that I felt compelled to share. Now that the weather is dropping from what felt like a never ending summer, I felt the urge to visit downtown Palm Springs for a bite to eat before shopping along the strip. I happened upon a small eatery known as Café Europa. Open for breakfast and lunch only, and boasting a fresh and organic menu with French flair, this bistro-style restaurant has become a new favorite.
My close friend joined me for the day and we strolled through The Corridor before finding this restaurant. This outdoor courtyard has Mt. San Jacinto for its backdrop and is full of lush greenery and benches for sitting and taking in the beauty of Palm Springs. We enjoyed the view almost as much as we enjoyed our meal. We were seated immediately and were offered a beverage. We started with fresh French-pressed coffee that would rival the best coffee shops in town! If I had left with only having a cup of this coffee, I would have been quite pleased, but fortunately for me, we were able to try some breakfast specialties.
My guest ordered one of their most popular items on the breakfast menu, according to the owner. The Spanish Scramble is made from three Organic Omega 3 eggs and includes Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese, avocado, red and yellow peppers and chopped cilantro. Served with fennel and rosemary potatoes and toast, this dish was incredible! I decided to try The American Scramble which includes cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, tomato and green and red peppers. Our meals were filling, full of flavor, and affordable. The service is spot on! I did not have to ask for anything and the staff is always smiling and attentive!
The owner, Mike, was generous enough to let us try some fresh flaky croissants and crispy baguettes with a most delicious fruit infused butter. This was a real treat for us both. Mike also told us that the restaurant uses the freshest of ingredients and uses organic products. “We don’t even have a freezer,” he continued. Having lived in this valley since the late 1980’s, I am impressed with the quality of food, paired with excellent service. The menu includes a variety of breakfast favorites and lunch items like salads, paninis and their famous French onion soup, which I will be returning for very soon!
Whether you are looking for amazing food that stands out above the dull, common coffee shop, or you are just out to people watch and enjoy the beautiful weather that will be with us for a while, you simply must visit Café Europa at The Corridor on Palm Canyon near Alejo Road in Palm Springs. The restaurant opens at 9:00am in season and serves until 3:30pm. Visit them at www.cafeeuropapalmsprings.com or call them at 760-835-5878.