It's been a little over three weeks since my first visit to California, and I'd be silly not to share another favorite eatery from the trip. Rounding out our West Coast venture, Lauren and I made a brief stop in Palm Springs, CA for more city-like surroundings, sunbathing and cocktails by the pool. The first stop on our restaurant list: King's Highway for a late brunch.
Housed in Palm Springs' Ace Hotel & Swim Club, the chic diner serves classic, comfort eats elevated with flavors taken from other cultures alongside refreshing cocktails made with fresh juices and homemade syrups.
To start, we each took to the cocktail menu for an afternoon libation. The Desert Facial, a refreshing beverage to kick the desert heat, blended vodka, pineapple, mint and cucumber. The Urban Sombrero, made with pineapple infused campari, tequila, lime and agave, was one of the many tequila beverages that would be enjoyed throughout the duration of our trip. Now, onto eats...
Avocado toast in California is inevitable, but King's Highway's offering of the dish definitely blew minds. Stacked high on 7 grain bread, fresh avocado, green onion, aleppo, shaved radish and green onion, this starter touted acid and heat flavors, a crunch and unexpected bursts of flavor. To this day, it's an appetizer I still daydream about.
I don't know what it is, but fish tacos just taste better on the West Coast. Such was the case with these mahi mahi tacos, served on homemade corn tortillas and all the fixins. Grilled to perfection, the fish gave off a nice char flavor and paired nicely with both aforementioned cocktails.
For those that don't know, I am a diehard beef burger gal, but after rave reviews on King's veggie burger, I had to give it a try. Now let me tell you, this ain't your expected black bean burger. The "meat" is made up of a variety of ingredients that include buckwheat grot, sundried tomato, quinoa, black-eyed peas, shiitake mushrooms, sumac ad aleppo. Drooling yet? Topped with a harissa mayo, this burger had me rethink my carnivorous decisions (for like, five whole minutes).
We couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the Palm Springs dining scene. Thank you King's Highway for hosting us for a wonderful meal.
inside the Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264