March 17, 2014

Cafe Europa, Palm Springs

Search for the best breakfast/brunch spot in Palm Springs and you will probably come across Cheeky's. Unfortunately, the wait is usually well over one hour and can be as long as two hours. I don't know about you, but brunch is not worth a two hour wait. When we arrived at Cheeky's and were told the wait was over one and a half hours, we decided to search for an alternative and came across Cafe Europa down the street. The casual cafe setting with outdoor seating and menu boasting organic omega 3 eggs, nitrate free meats and organic produce delivered daily convinced us to give the eatery a try.

The coffee was served in a french press and charged by the person and not by size. At $4 a person, the large french press above was enough for four people to each have a cup. This is pricey if you want to enjoy more than one cup of coffee.

Applewood smoked bacon and potatoes
3.75 and 3
What's breakfast without bacon and potatoes? The applewood bacon was crispy and meaty. The potatoes had subtle hint of rosemary flavor, but could have used a touch more salt and more time in the oven.

Grilled Vegetable Salad
The salads were available in Euro or American portions. We got the American which was $3 more than the Euro portion. This was a hearty salad loaded with grilled asparagus, zucchini, bell peppers on a bed of mixed greens with a nice balsamic vinaigrette. Fresh ingredients and vibrant colors made this a great salad to enjoy on a warm afternoon.

The American Scramble
The menu offered a variety of omelettes and scrambles. The American scramble consisted of cheddar cheese, bacon, tomatoes and red peppers served with a side of potatoes. The scramble was a bit overcooked, but the flavors were good and the freshness of the ingredients came through.

I hope to try Cheeky's one day to see what all the hype is about, until then, there are plenty of brunch destinations along Palm Canyon to try. What's your favorite breakfast spot in Palm Springs?

Cafe Europa
515 N. Palm Canyon Suite B9
Palm Springs, CA 92262