Welcome to the last part of our Palm Springs Getaway Guide! We've already told you where to stay, where to shop, where to have brunch, and where to have a fancy dinner (all in time for Coachella!). But in case you want to have a more low-key evening after your exhausting day of activities (or relaxing), we highly recommend dining at local favorite Rooster and the Pig, followed by drinks at Truss & Twine. Offering Vietnamese American cuisine, Rooster and the Pig is easily one of my favorite spots in the area, drawing me in everytime I visit with their ridiculously satisfying food. From Vietnamese takes on trendy American favorites like Charred Brussels Sprouts to modern takes on Vietnamese heavy hitters like Pork Belly Fried Rice, everything on the menu sounds (and tastes) incredible. We recommend going early when they just open as they don't take reservations, and the wait can get long.
We started out with a Jasmine Tea Leaf salad, an interesting but light and refreshing way to start the meal. Cabbage, seeds, and peanuts all added some texture to the salad.
Lately, I've become a huge fan of eggplant dishes, and I loved the restaurant's tender take on the ingredient. Sautéed with mushrooms and bell peppers, it was a relatively simple dish, but packed with flavor. The eggplant was cooked perfect, and formed a delicious bite when added to a bit of rice.
One of the restaurant's signature dishes, the Panko-Crusted Chicken Stuffed Rice Ball in a coconut yellow curry is nothing short of insane. The rice ball itself is sticky and crispy and ridiculously satisfying, while the coconut curry is tangy, sweet, and rich with flavor. Together, it forms an incredible dish, one that is not to be missed.
And finally, I was not going home until I had the Pork Belly Fried Rice: a sticky, crispy take on a fried rice with meaty bits of pork belly, umami-rich mushrooms, and a fried egg on top. Everything about this dish was designed to satisfy, and it did its job. It was so addicting, I could not stop eating it.
As usual, the meal at Rooster and the Pig was fantastic-- a beautiful but indulgent mix of well-balanced and bursting-with-flavor dishes. After our dinner, we headed over to Truss & Twine for an early drink. Situated next to Workshop Kitchen, Truss & Twine is a moody but swanky cocktail den serving a solid list of classic cocktails. It's the perfect spot to enjoy a casual happy hour, or stop in for some late-night libations (they're open until 1:30am on Fridays and Saturdays!).