While wandering around the Uptown Design District, you'll come across a number of great shops and restaurants that are housed in historic midcentury buildings. One stop that you'll definitely want to make along the way is at dish Creative Cuisine—located in the classic Twist Building—which serves contemporary/modern American cuisine using many local and organic ingredients.
You also won't want to miss the restaurant's transformation every Saturday night into dish After Dark: a Speakeasy. "I often hear from guests that there aren't many places (other than dance bars and gay clubs) where they can listen to great live music and enjoy great cocktails," says dish's chef and owner Joane Garcia-Colson. "Palm Springs has a deep history with Hollywood and the Rat Pack, and some say Al Capone used tunnels—one of which runs from under dish to the old Desert Inn—to transport bootleg alcohol. I wanted to capture that era and provide folks with some great live entertainment and Prohibition-era cocktails with a modern twist."
dish does indeed serve a lot of great cocktails, so if you're stopping by for the first time Garcia-Colson recommends you start with her personal favorite, the Bon Vivant. Another popular drink is the restaurant's Desert Sunrise.
The Bon Vivant is made with Crater Lake Vodka, pomegranate, cranberry, and lime juice, lime cordial, simple syrup, and tonic.
A Desert Sunrise will feature Tito's Vodka, Aperol, and orange, grapefruit and lime juice with agave and grapefruit bitters.
"Our fried olives stuffed with soy chorizo and cotija cheese and/or our deep fried artichokes with lemon aioli are the perfect accompaniments," says Garcia-Colson. "Our onion rings are [also] extremely popular—sweet with a light and crispy beer batter."
Sounds like the perfect Saturday night date. Especially since Garcia-Colson describes dish After Dark as "hip, swanky, sultry, jazzy, and bluesy."
dish Creative Cuisine, 1107 North Palm Canyon Drive, 760-322-7171, dishcreativecuisine.com
Captions (top to bottom): A Desert Sunrise cocktail; the restaurant's interior; a Bon Vivant
Drink photographs by Neil Hivasar
Restaurant interior photography by Patrick Ketchum Photography