To eat and drink
OK, so Mad Men references used to describe everything in Palm Springs are getting old, but you really can't set foot in this place without imagining Don Draper knocking back three martinis over a filet mignon. (Last time, we swear.) The décor is dark, glamorous and clubby and the dining room dishes up some serious steaks including a 24oz T-bone and a Tomahawk ribeye for two. If you want less of a big-deal dinner, order classic cocktails and upscale bar food like prime rib chili fries or chicken-and-serrano croquettes in the lounge.
The Barn Kitchen
When the two-year-old Sparrows Lodge quietly launched its little restaurant last fall, Chef Gabriel Woo's simple menu of sandwiches, salads, and snacks made with locally sourced ingredients quickly became a neighborhood favorite for lunch. More recently, The Barn Kitchen launched twice-weekly reservation-only suppers that get capped at around 25 people and are served family-style outdoors. Both are three courses for $45. And while the sides, starters, and desserts change weekly, Saturday is always steak night and their newly launched Wednesday suppers feature roast chicken.
Rooster and the Pig
This stylish little eatery has become a sensation over the last year, first with locals and now with everybody else, all going to town on Chef-owner Tai Spendley's creative Vietnamese-American offerings. Spendley changes his menu often, focusing on fresh and colorful dishes like braised beef with butternut squash and green papaya spring rolls along with more comfort-food-focused fare like a bahn mi burger and a lemongrass pork and shrimp noodle bowl. For drinks, try a craft beer on tap or one of the many $9 wines by the glass.