Restaurants

Top Choice American in Joshua Tree National Park

La Copine

It's a long road from Philadelphia to the high desert, but that's where Nikki and Claire decided to take their farm-to-table brunch cuisine from pop-up to brick and mortar. Their roadside bistro serves zeitgeist-cap…
Top Choice American in Greater Palm Springs

Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Hidden away in the back of the ornate 1920s El Paseo building, a large patio with olive trees leads to this starkly beautiful space centered on a lofty concrete tunnel flanked by mood-lit booths. The kitchen crafts …
Top Choice Californian in The Deserts

Café Aroma

Inside a country cabin sheltered by pine trees, a classically trained chef puts new spins on his Italian grandmother’s recipes. The outdoor deck has panoramic mountain views. Local musicians perform several times we…
Top Choice Gastropub in Lancaster-Palmdale

Kinetic Brewing Co

Elevating pub grub to fine-food status, this convivial brewpub spikes its menu with truffle kettle chips, mac 'n' cheese with smoked lobster and Scotch egg. All go well with its celebrated IPAs, porters and ales, as…
Top Choice Gastropub in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Brewing Co

Try a Barely Legal Honey Blonde or a Whispering Pine IPA at this local brewpub with view of the steel vats from the woodsy drinking and dining area. The food is upscale pub fare with wagyu-beef burgers and beer-batt…
Top Choice Californian in Greater Palm Springs

Cheeky's

Waits can be long and service only so-so at this breakfast and lunch spot, but the farm-to-table menu dazzles with witty inventiveness. The kitchen tinkers with the menu on a weekly basis but perennial faves such as…
Top Choice International in Death Valley National Park

Inn Dining Room

This formal restaurant delivers continental cuisine with stellar views of the Panamint Mountains. For a more chilled ambience, enjoy breakfast, lunch or cocktails on the patio. Reservations are key for dinner when a…
Top Choice Breakfast in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Red Ocotillo

Empty tables are as rare as puddles in Anza-Borrego State Park at this charmer that serves quality java, all-day breakfast (try the smoked-salmon eggs Benedict) and bulging burgers and sandwiches, all at a quality s…
Cafe in Death Valley National Park

Amargosa Opera House Cafe

This charmer in the middle of nowhere gets you ready for a day in Death Valley with hearty breakfasts or healthy sandwiches, but truly shows off its farm-to-table stripes at dinnertime on Saturdays. Combine with a t…
Steak in Barstow

Idle Spurs Steakhouse

In the saddle since 1950, this Western-themed spot, ringed around an atrium and a full bar, is a fave with locals and Route 66 travelers. Surrender to your inner carnivore with slow-roasted prime rib, hand-cut steak…