Seven dishes you must try in Palm Springs, California

According to Gabriel Woo, chef at Sparrow's Lodge and Holiday House PS, these are the seven dishes you must try in Palm Springs.

NONNA'S MEATBALLS, BIRBA PALM SPRINGS

This place is a must-go whenever you are in Palm Springs. Great ambience, great food, great drinks and live music on Thursdays. I always go for the savoury meatballs with just enough spice in the sauce and the simple but refreshing tri-colore salad. See birbaps.com

LOBSTER ROLL, HOLIDAY HOUSE PS

A simple but fulfilling lobster roll. This dish is one that I like to show off when someone comes into the beautiful boutique hotel to say hi. Located near the main drag, it is definitely a spot you want to check out when you are in the area. See holidayhouseps.com

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, JUSTIN EAT & DRINK

If I chose to be vegetarian, I could live off of this dish. It delivers satisfaction in all key areas: flavour, texture, umami, and sophistication. See justinrestaurant.com

POD THAI, BOOTLEGGER TIKI

Pod Thai (a herbaceous rum cocktail inspired by Thai flavours) is the drink that has been on the menu since day one. And for good reason. Great for beginner Tiki drinkers and experienced Tiki drinkers alike. Everything on the menu is crafted with great attention to detail. The staff on the other side of the bar are simply professionals. See bootleggertiki.com

CARNES EN SU JUGO, SALSAS RESTAURANT

The fact that they do not have a website tells you how authentic the dishes are at this establishment. This dish in particular is a regional dish of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It consists of a rich beef broth, thin sliced beef, pinto beans, bacon, and tons of onion and cilantro. (Cathedral Plaza Shopping Centre)

COFFEE FLOAT, KREEM PALM SPRINGS

This new ice-cream joint has the whole town on a sugar rush. Blanca curates each and every flavour from scratch and has vegan options available. This coffee float comes with a delicious cold brew coffee and two scoops of ice-cream of your choice. See ilovekreem.com

ANY BAGEL OR BREAD FROM TOWNIE BAGELS

I had a chance to tour the kitchen of this bakery before it opened and from that moment on I knew it would be successful. It is doing bagels the best way: the right way. It offers organic breads, sandwiches, coffee, specialty coffee drinks and the best bagels. See towniebagels.com

Born in Mexico and raised in Palm Springs, Gabriel Woo – "Chef Gabe" – is a star on the rise. His restaurants, The Pantry at Holiday House PS and The Barn Kitchen at Sparrow's Lodge are participating in Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, a 17-day dining event that showcases the Coachella Valley's cuisine. On June 1-17. See visitgreaterpalmsprings.com

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