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 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…
American in Salton Sea

Ski Inn

For local color by the bucket and greasy burgers to boot, stop by this Salton Sea watering hole in a quasi ghost town. If you're lucky, you'll get to be there when the owners' band, Heat Hell and Winter, regales gue…
Diner in Barstow

Peggy Sue's

Built in 1954 as a simple, nine-stool, three-booth diner, Peggy Sue's has since grown into a miniempire with ice-cream shop, pizza parlor, a park out back with metal sculptures of 'diner-saurs' and kitschy-awesome g…
American in Greater Palm Springs

Eight4Nine

Hot pink accents the all-white high-ceilinged lounge and dining room at this popular hangout in a converted post office. Come hungry for fare that is both comforting and exciting with many dishes driven by the seaso…
American in Los Angeles to Barstow

Iron Hog Restaurant & Saloon

Roy Rodgers and Johnny Cash came by and scenes from Easyrider were filmed at this old-timey honky-tonk dripping with memorabilia and character(s). It's hugely popular with bikers and serves large portions of rib-sti…
American in The Deserts

Belgian Waffle Works

As the name suggests, waffles are the main stock in trade of this classic dockside cafe. Choose from 17 sweet or savory varieties, including the luscious caramel apple. After 10:30am, the menu gets extended to hot a…
American in Death Valley National Park

Toll Road Restaurant

Above-par cowboy cooking happens at this ranch house, which gets Old West flair from a rustic fireplace and rickety wooden chairs and tables. Many of the mostly meaty mains are made with local ingredients, such as m…