by Patte Purcell

Summertime is the best time to look for places that offer lighter fare and ultimately delicious organic food in a nice atmosphere. I’ve been lunching often at Kaiser Grill in Palm Springs because they offer a wonderful selection of salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza. And if you google Happy Hour Hotspot, Kaiser Grill will show up so it was perfect timing for me to write this article since I haven’t had lunch yet. So I’m sitting here noshing on their Salmon Salad while I write this article. It’s one of my favorites with grilled salmon, organic mixed greens, romaine, bacon, tomato in balsamic vinaigrette topped with light crispy onion straws, yumm!
I love the ambiance here. You have a large indoor area and large bar with comfy seats (something I look for). The inside is cool and contemporary while the outdoors covered patio seating has cooling misters. It sits on the corner of Palm Canyon Dr. with a bird’s eye view of all the action at 205 South Palm Canyon Drive. They have rooms for groups and I’ve seen more than one luncheon meeting held here. There are several different areas that offer privacy or keep you in the thick of things.
They serve lunch and dinner starting at 11 am and even an early bird menu with entrees from fettucine and grilled chicken to roasted prime rib, flat iron steak, pan roasted salmon, Penne Pasta in pesto with shrimp or Chicken Paillard with choice of soup or wedge salad and complimentary ice cream or sorbet for $19.95. Their lunch entrees include a really nice selection of salads (my favorites) ranging from a Caesar for $6.95 to Organic Mixed Field greens for $7.79 to Steak Salad ($15.99) , Salmon Salad ($14.29 ), Kaiser Cobb ($12.99) or Crab Cake Salad ($13.99). The dressings are light and flavorful and the portions just right and it’s served with a crunchy warm rosemary bread.
The current lunch specials are $9.95 each and include a choice of draft beer or beverage. Frittata with soup or salad, Margherita Pizza, soup and salad, or their Signature Burger are all available at this great price!
Served from 3-6 daily is their special Happy Hour Menu which contains some items you’ve got to try. Do you love Fish Tacos? I do, and Kaiser Grill has a tasty one and it’s only $3. It’s seared fillet and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo and guacamole. How’s that for a deal? Guacamole lovers can splurge with this fresh house made version served with warm crisp tortilla chips and chilled pico de gallo. Quesadilla fans will enjoy the pepperjack and spinach with your choice of chicken ($7), filet or salmon ($9).
The artichoke and spinach dip ($6) is hot, and cheesy (Parmesan) and served with crostini. The crab cakes are pan seared with red pepper remoulade for $8. There is a choice of two pizzas, the Margherita includes roma tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and grand padano of chicken spinach artichoke Pizza with a creamy alfredo sauce, mozzarella and grand padano, both are $8 each. Their signature burger is $10 and includes crisp bacon, grilled red onion and fresh toppings. The Spanish style garlic shrimp is $8 and served with garlic toasts.
On the lighter side is your choice of wild mushroom flatbread with fontina cheese, caramelized onion, crispy bacon and wild arugula for $6 or shrimp and pesto flatbread with fontina and goat cheese. An array of hummus, marinated roasted peppers and olive tapenade with seams wafers and pita bread form the Kaiser Trio for $8. If you’re feeling naughty you’ll have to try Kaiser’s fries, your choice of sweet potato fries or parmesan truffle fries for $4.
Happy Hour drink prices are very reasonable too. An ice cold bottle of beer is $3.50, a chilled draft with a great selection of beers range from $3.5 to $5 each. Well Drinks, house wines and house margaritas are all $5.
Kaiser Grill is a great place to kick back and enjoy Palm Springs at its finest for Happy Hour or anytime.
205 South Palm Canyon Drive * 760.323.1003
Lunch – 11:00 am-3 pm Daily
Happy Hour – 3 pm-6 pm Daily
Dining Room – 5pm-9:30pm Sun-Thurs
5pm-10 pm Fri and Sat