Situated on Palm Canyon Road, the main drag in Palm Springs, Cheeky’s is the spot for brunch. The colourful bistro is right at home in the trendy Uptown Design District, where you’ll find artist-owned galleries next to coffee shops and stores selling mid-century modern furniture and vintage clothing.
Cheeky’s menu, which changes weekly, takes an innovative spin on breakfast classics. The house-made cinnamon rolls and bacon flights are two of the most popular items; other creations include eggs Benedict with a cheddar scone and coconut waffles topped with fresh mango. All of the produce is locally sourced, and the juices are freshly squeezed. The kids’ menu—which offers simple breakfast staples done right—doubles as a placemat with puzzles to keep little ones occupied.
The restaurant accommodates only about 30 people and is first come, first served, so expect lines on the weekends and during big event weeks (the coffee garden and bar make the wait time pass pleasantly). Try going on a weekday morning for quicker seating—the restaurant opens at 8 a.m.
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