Palms Springs Food & Juice
On The Uptake, but Slow
That’s not to say there aren’t healthy restaurants or that vegetarian dishes are hard to find, but the meatless, organic trend has been as slow as the yoga trend was.
We’ll hit the highlights.
As usual, check the Asian restaurants for vegetarian options. Almost every one, particularly Thai and Indian, offers meatless dishes as a matter of course. In Palm Springs, Thai Smile, Peppers Thai Cuisine and Cafe Jasmin all fit the bill.
The harder challenge is matching the black bean burger from Natural Sisters in Joshua Tree. Slim pickings.
Native Foods Cafe
The original of the chain, Native Foods Palm Springs is a vegan restaurant with generous use of seitan as a meat substitute.
Nature’s Health Food Market & Cafe
This is both a cafe and market, with the usual offerings of smoothies, supplements, natural foods and bulk nuts, berries and grains. More of a local market than Clarks or Whole Foods, or even Sprouts, it still has a decent supply.
Chef Tanya’s Kitchen [LINK]
Close to the airport and away from downtown, Chef Tanya’s is more of a deli than a full blown cafe, with lots of take-out and catering options. They offer vegan versions of many popular foods. Seitan is used in a few dishes as well as tofu and chick pea. Besides Palm Springs, Chef Tanya’s has grab-n-go locations in Palm Desert and La Quinta.
An organic food and juice bar with ‘mostly-raw’ prepared food and cold-brew coffee, which, in Palm Springs, is usually the preferred temperature anyway. The store is located downtown on a quaint little plaza.
Palm Springs is not a Mecca for health foods markets, but people tend to drive up and down the valley for necessities. The valley’s Whole Foods is located in Palm Desert, about a twenty minute drive from Palm Springs. The local Sprouts is farther down the valley in La Quinta. Beyond Nature’s Health, we didn’t find one specific market that seems to offer a wide variety of health food.
Clark’s Nutrition and Natural Foods Market [LINK]
Located in Rancho Mirage, not far from the freeway and a few miles from downtown Palm Springs, we’re mentioning this SoCal market because we liked it when we stopped in on the way through town. We also discovered a Clark’s in Sedona, in the Village of Oak Creek.