When visiting a smallish resort town, as Palm Springs is, I lower my expectations about food. Unless there’s a specifically good restaurant, I try not to be critical about what I put into my mouth. I go into “eat to live” instead of “live to eat” mode. Or at I least try to.
So for breakfast, the BF and I found ourselves trekking the 1.2 miles from our hotel to Palm Greens Cafe because it was one of the few places that had decent-sounding vegetarian (and vegan) breakfast options.
Palm Greens Cafe is tucked away in a strip mall next to a thrift store, a night club and a used book reseller. It’s easy to miss if you’re in a car, but we spotted it as we walked down the street. The smallish cafe has a handful of small tables and a sign telling customers to order at the counter — all what I expected.
After perusing the breakfast menu, which had things like breakfast burritos, breakfast bowls, various pan cakes, all the typical veggie-breakfast stuff, I settled down on a boring egg sandwich with a side of vegetarian apple sausage. The simpler it was, the better because that meant less room for mistakes. The BF ordered buckwheat pancakes with tofu scramble and a date shake.
When my sandwich came, I realized that all it contained were two eggs over-easy between “focaccia” bread. The focaccia was unlike any that I’ve had before, not in a good way. It didn’t have enough oil on it and was just too dry and the crumb structure was all wrong — but I digress. I asked for some tomatoes and onions and the waitress gladly brought it out to accompany my barren sandwich. The egg sandwich wasn’t bad, but just very average. At least the eggs were nice and runny. The sausage was below average mostly because it was lukewarm and I would have preferred it a little more grilled.
Although we both had lowered expectations about the food, we still left feeling “meh” about what we ate. Palm Greens Cafe wasn’t bad for Palm Springs, but if it were in LA, where there are much better tofu scrambles (and that’s not even saying much) and egg sandwiches, it would be a different story. It makes me sad that the cafe touts itself as serving natural food that’s “naturally good for you” but the food is so mediocre. I don’t want people to think that healthy food should taste so bland and unexciting!
The best thing that came out of the breakfast excursion was that I found The Diamond Age for $2 at the thrift store!
Palm Greens Cafe
611 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264