Welcome to Palm Springs week on The Editorialist LA! While we love writing about all things LA, we have to recognize that Palm Springs has become an even more popular destination for young Angelenos in recent years. What was once a sleepy retirement community and quiet destination for family vacations, Palm Springs has blossomed in the last few years, welcoming new, boutique hotels, cool restaurants, and even beautiful bars. Of course, it's still a huge destination in April for festivals like Coachella, but more than that, it has become a bigger destination year round (or, when it's not deadly hot to visit) for those in-the-know. This growing popularity is why we've decided to dedicate an entire week to Palm Springs, providing you a comprehensive, in-depth guide for all the cool spots to visit, best places to eat, and where to stay!
Since you're already staying at Arrive, why not grab your morning brunch there too? For such a minimalist hotel, Arrive actually has quite a few dining options. With Customs Coffee, Reservoir, The Draughtsman, and Ice Cream Shop(pe), Arrive has gastronomically covered everything from coffee to breakfast to dessert and everything in between. Though we didn't get a chance to dine at their chic, laid-back gastropub, Draughtsman, we did enjoy brunch at their all-day eatery, Reservoir. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, their menu is an amalgam of American fare with some global influences as well.
Reservoir offers plenty of healthy brunch choices, like Oats, Greek Yogurt, and their aptly named "Another Avocado Toast." Served on fresh, fluffy bread (that wasn't too chewy or hard to bite into-- a grave sin when it comes to avo toast), the creamy avocado was topped with alfalfa sprouts and pickled onions. A simple preparation, but still very tasty with slight variations that made it stand out.
A lesser known version of toast, their date toast was a surprising offering that I really enjoyed. The dates were turned into a sort of jam and spread on walnut bread, topped with almond butter, nuts, and cheese. It was slightly sweet, slightly tangy, and slightly nutty, with the creamy textures offsetting the crunchy bread. A really nice, light dish that felt indulgent.
I love a good Shakshuka, a Mediterranean dish that entails baking eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. Reservoir's version was really good. The fresh eggs were perfectly cooked, and the tomato sauce was sweet with a tiny bit of spice. It was accompanied with grilled bread for dipping, which created a really satisfying bite.
For those craving more of a straightforward breakfast, the Not-So-Country Breakfast is a great option. Two fresh eggs were served alongside of addictingly crispy potatoes and always-delicious bacon. Of course, there was more of their signature bread, served with a lovely jam and creamy butter.
Though our tasty and filling brunch at Reservoir offered plenty of sweet choices (like their pancakes or Challah French Toast), we wanted a proper dessert. So we scooted over to Ice Cream Shop(pe), one of Arrive's other food concepts. Serving as both a classic ice cream parlor and gift shop filled with trendy, dessert and desert-themed trinkets, Ice Cream Shop(pe) offers a combo of classic and adventurous flavors (like Lavender and Birthday Cake). The sweet treat was incredibly refreshing, and we enjoyed eating it in such a fun setting.