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Cheap Eats In Palm Springs CA – The Locals Speak!

Cheap Eats In Palm Springs CA

Cheap Eats In Palm Springs CA – The Locals Speak of their love for a good deal!

Who’s not looking for cheap eats when on vacation or, for that fact, if you are a newly transplanted local?  The question was put to the members of my Facebook Group titled The Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group then we asked over at and Palm Springs Eating And Living.

The people spoke and this is their list a fave places to get good food on a budget!  And we’re not talking just burgers and fries.  This is real food, some from our best restaurants, at happy hour prices or regular prices.  Some of our friendly cool hole-in-the wall treasures.  All great food.

All of these places can be found by using Google with the name of the restaurant and the city indicated.

The list is long and not alphabetized but is well worthwhile to make note of it.  Bookmark this page.

If you have questions, please ask in the comments section below or call us at 760-660-0010 for more information on any of these great places.  Or if looking for things to do?  I can help you there as well.

Cheap Eats In Palm Springs CA – The Locals Speak!

Here is an UPDATE as of 1/1/2015 Happy New Year!

From Palm Springs Eating And Living: Our Foodie Group:

Spencer’s On The Mountain  breakfast-Belgian waffle $8.95 or stuffed French toast $9.95- Palm Springs

Rick’s Desert Grill. “Petite meals” that aren’t so petite under $12. Palm Springs
Alicante and Zin American Bistro on Palm Canyon– Palm Springs;  A Favorite!
Alicante- Happy Hour
Thin crust pizza $7- is excellant!
$3 beer & $5 wine and wells
Cheap Eats @ Alicante
Tapas, Pizza, Salads, Pasta all using fresh local produce and natural meat
Zin American Bistro- Palm Springs
 Happy Hour– $5/$10 menu
$5 Wine and $4 Wells
Cheap Eats  @ Zin
Sandwiches, Salads, Belgian Beef Stew and a great 2 course Prix Fixe lunch only $15.99
Pho 533, Palm Springs in Smoketree for a Bahn Minh @ 5.95
Cuistot for the best Happy Hour 4-6pm. 14 not so small plates for $9.50. Palm Desert
Casa Blanca- lunch specials$7.99, several early bird specials M-F $8. Desert Hot Springs and Cathedral City
John’s Grill 3 egg special with 3 eggs fried any way you want, hashbrowns and toast for under $5.00. Palm Springs
L’Atalier for quiche and salad or a very nice sandwich for under $10.00. On La Plaza Palm Springs and A Favorite!
Native Foods daily specials, which include a side for $9.95. Palm Springs at Smoketree
Pho Lan for Beef Pho around $8.95.
Lamb Gyro lunch at Greek Islands Restaurant for under $10.00. Palm Springs- A Favorite!!
Taqueria Tlaquepaque for lengua and carnitas tacos for about $2.10 each. Palm Springs
Woody’s Burgers for a 100% Angus Beef Jalapeno Burger for $7.95. Palm Springs
Emperor Buffet in Rancho a Mirage. All you can eat lunch for about $9.00 pp.
Guacamoles on Sunrise/Ramon center on the SW corner. Most items are under $10. Palm Springs
Goody’s Hamburgers Palm Springs and around the  Valley.
Fleming’s Steak House Rancho Mirage at the River-Happy Hour at the bar…about $6.00 for a great burger (ask for the onion rings.)
Kam Lun Chinese Restaurant, Desert Hot Springs. Lunch special is $5.50 with 26 items to choose from. Includes soup, egg roll, rice, and beverage. Huge portions.
Bit O Country– breakfast and lunch Palm Springs
The Teriyaki Yogi place in SmokeTree is good and fresh. Under 10.00
Appetito in Palm Springs has several items under 10.00- A Favorite!
Shadow Restaurant ( http://theshadowsrestaurant.com ) in Indio. New chef. Food is reasonably priced and very good, live music 2 days a week — no cover. Favorite lunch — 3 beef tacos $5.99
Empire Buffet in Rancho Mirage is the best bang for the buck in the valley for lunch weekdays $8.59, plus senior discount. Dinner is $12 tho and $13 all Sat &Sun. Fresh hibachi station, sushi rolls, fabulous fish, etc
El Pollo Loco LOVE the 2 or 3 piece chicken meals (order 2 breasts and a thigh!)  (2 in Cat City, Palm Desert, near WalMart, Indio).
El Ranchito Taco Shop has excellent authentic Mexican food, counter service, with combos under $10 (multiple locations inc Palm Desert). Great tacos, chile relleno, etc…
Goody’s 1/2Acapulco Chicken dinner ($8) most of the time (includes baked potato, steamed veggies, garlic toast and salad. Carnitas are also good there.  Palm Springs and other desert locations.
The Monsoon Indian lunch buffet (Sunrise & Ramon) is excellent.  Palm Springs
Stuft Pizza with their great patios in La Quinta and Westfield Mall PD have lunch specials under $10 plus reduced happy hour prices 3-6.
Doughnut Shop at Ramon and Sunrise The Turkey Croissant sandwich . It’s huge,Eat half for lunch and half for supper. $4.25 No Tax.
Windmill Market, “North” Palm Springs. Tacos, sandwiches, the best date shake,
and a secret garden. Cheap Eats Palm Springs
El Taco Asado, Palm Springs – vegetarian burrito. $6
Cardenas Market in Cathedral City has an excellent burrito for about $7. And it’s huge
Rick’s Restaurant on N Palm Canyon. Breakfast special $6.99 including coffee, two eggs, toast and potatoes.
Chipolte-East Palm Cyn Dr Palm Springs
Anything …but I prefer the salad, chicken, sofritas, both beans, 1 mild hot sauce, 3 medium topped with quacamole.
Keedys in Palm Desert for a great breakfast and is a very old standby.
Baja Fresh and Rubio’s are where you can get a nice fish taco for $3.50. Palm Springs
I second Rubios..which reminds me of:
Ruben & Ozzies…excellent fish tacos, and cheap lunch deals under $10. They also have tacos for $2.50 after 9 PM Palm Springs
Luscious Lorraine’s for breakfast of lunch. Organic and delicious!
New York Co. Rest. Prime Rib Sliders $5.00 Massive Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail $8.00 Palm Springs
Thai Smile…. large $6.00 Thai dishes and Sky Vodka for $3.00  2 pm to 7pm Palm Springs
Best variety of good Sammies are at the “Sandwich Spot”.  $7-ish bucks. Palm Springs
Cottage too, on Pierson in Desert Hot Springs. Breakfast specials all under $7.
VONS at RimRock. Palm Springs- They have a sandwich department and they make Breakfast Burritos that are LIKE NO OTHER… egg, (white or yellow) bacon, ham or sausage, cheese, and any veggie they have … and potato … AMAZING and the PRICE… $2.49 cents.
Panera for scrambled eggs, and white cheddar on a sesame bagel, $5. Or Panera turkey chili is back, two sizes come with bread for under $10 Palm Springs
Frankie’s Italian Bakery Cathedral City- Frankie Mamone‘s sandwiches are a meal! $6-7 for real Italian food on fresh baked bakery bread! Indeed an Old World Favorite!!
Nicolino’s. On El Cielo at Ramon. Way under $10.00 for lunch. Very reasonable prices for din-din. Fish, chicken, salads, sammies, pasta, pizza, calzones… They also deliver. Palm Springs
The Taco Shop across from Target in Cathedral City 
Tortillas on Cathedral Cyn and Ramon in Cathedral City
Salsas Cathedral City for Mexican food.
Nina’s Pita and Pizza for slices and salads.  Greek Flair and great pizza.  Sunrise at Ramon next to Desert Vision in Palm Springs
Naan House off Dinah Shore opposite Costco in the Regal Theatre shopping plaza…..do not miss 1-year old.  Terrific buffets weekdays at $9.99 and weekends too. Rancho Mirage
Corso in Palm Desert on El Paseo has an outstanding happy hour at the bar….great options, esp. spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. What a deal!
The Real Italian Deli (next to Fresh and Easy – Tahquitz & Sunrise). Excellent custom sandwich for $8.99. Huge Favorite!
Go Deli Market- Excellent sandwiches under 7.00; Boars Head meats plus a beautiful wine tasting room.Palm Springs in the Sun Center.
Mario’s (family business, 7 locations in the Valley) has 7 daily lunch specials $5.95 (the pasta dishes are always enough for me for lunch and at least one more meal), and 20 dinner specials for 9.95.


From Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group: (Published April 04, 2013)

So this is how the conversation about cheap eats went down…….I asked our members in Palm Springs Neighborhoods Group to give us the low-down of where to find Cheap Eats in the Coachella Valley

The Polish/Soda combo @ Costco. $1.49, 21 yrs & counting… In Rancho Mirage
•In town?? A slice @ Bill’s Pizza on La Plaza with a window shopping stroll to walk it off. In Palm Springs

•Happy Hour bar menu (all day) at LULU on S. Palm Canyon In Palm Springs

•Happy hour at Matchbox is good too as is Geuseppe’s. Early Bird menus there. In Palm Springs

•And Grind Burger Bar has a happy hour menu… real good burgers. In Palm Springs

•Appetizer dinner on the patio during Happy Hour at Wang’s is cheap and good. In Palm Springs

Ruben and Ozzy’s. Fish taco, shrimp taco, and Pacifico beer, $11. In Palm Springs

•We like The cafe at the Camelot and Rick’s Grill for okay and inexpensive dinner . Just looking for a change tonight.

Fish & Chips or Cobb Salad at Billy Reeds. And my new fave is the sole at Twin Palms. (All in Palm Springs)

NEW FORTUNE is good Chinese in Cathedral City across from Trader Joe’s and below Elevations.

•Soup and half a sandwich at Manhattan In The Desert. And if you’re like me you have leftover meat to make another sandwich later. (They’ll even give you the extra bread if you ask nice.) In Palm Springs

John’s Diner... SO GOOD and SO GUILTY!!! So much at $4-6.00 In Palm Springs

Guacamoles on Sunrise at Ramon next to Desert Vision. In Palm Springs

Villa Bakery.…atmosphere way lacking but good authentic food and bakery goods. In Palm Springs.

Native Foods and Palm Greens Cafe are reasonable too.  In Palm Springs

•Happy Hour at THE FALLS! In Palm Springs

El Mirasol In Palm Springs

Greek Islands Cafe In Palm Springs

Natures health food store makes great meals all for under 10.00. In Palm Springs

Chipolte….healthy,filling, 2 can eat for 17.00  In Palm Springs

Ruben & Ozzy’s. (Right now if I’m in the mood for something on the half-shell..it’s Zin or Shanghai Red’s.)  In Palm Springs

•Fish taco plate at Fisherman’s Market too. Lunch $8. In Palm Springs

John’s for American food, El Taco Asado for Mexican, China King for Chinese.  In Palm Springs

Talaquepaque  In Palm Springs. Sister place to El Taco Asado

•Also Dehli Palace has a great buffet and under 10.00 during the week and I think 12.95 on the weekends.  In Palm Springs

Don and Sweet Sue on Ramon in Cathedral City along with Michael’s Cafe on Date Palm at Gerald Ford

• We love L’Atalier Cafe, Tyler’s Burgers and now there is a German Deli too! Palm Springs on La Plaza

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