The Desert Sun’s Food and Drinks Reporter and Producer, Jose Alejandro Bastidas, reports that many new Coachella Valley restaurants are on their way in 2018. Some of Jose’s eatery picks are as follows:

Beyond Balisage | 68-327 E. Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City

Chef Daniel Villanueva showcases his farm-to-table, seasonal approach to cooking regularly during the Palm Desert Food & Wine festival. After saying goodbye to his previous restaurant, Balisage Bistro, in Palm Springs at the end of 2016, Villanueva will be back in January 2018 with a new eatery, Beyond Balisage, in Cathedral City. | For more information, please visit:

AC3 | Hotel Paseo, 45350 Larkspur Lane, Palm Desert

Hotel Paseo’s new restaurant, AC3, as well as its bars, will be operated by two well known Palm Springs restaurateurs, Andrew Copley, owner and chef at Copley’s on Palm Canyon, and Tony Marchese, owner of TRIO Restaurant. The restaurant will focus on comfort food, fun flavors and New American cuisine. The hotel was originally set to open this fall, but construction delays moved to the opening date to sometime in January.  For more information, please visit:

Sandfish by Engin Onural | 1556 North Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Desert food lovers fell in love with sushi chef Engin Onural’s cooking back in his first restaurant, The Venue Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge. Now, a few months after qualifying for the World Sushi Cup in Japan, making him one of the top 30 sushi chefs in the world, Onural announced he would be opening Sandfish by Engin Onural. The menu at this new restaurant has been influenced by Onural’s travels to Norway and other regions in Scandinavia and will focus on the pairing of sushi and whiskey. | For more information, please visit:

Wilma & Frieda | Second Floor Next To Brickworks Bistro at 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs

Palm Desert’s Wilma & Frieda which opened in September 2013 and was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives” in June, is opening a second location in downtown Palm Springs, on the second floor next to Brickworks Bistro. The new location will have a full bar, a lounge, three dining rooms and a balcony. | For more information, please visit:

Heirloom Craft Kitchen | 49-990 Jefferson Street, Suite 100, Indio

After successfully starting her first restaurant, Cork & Fork in La Quinta, chef Andi Hubka will be bringing a farm-to-table counter service experience to her Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio. Intended as a place for people to grab a quick bite to eat between errands or on their lunch break, the menu will include sandwiches and big salads. On weekends, the restaurant will also offer a brunch menu. | For more information, please visit:

In addition, there are a number of new fast food restaurants coming to the Coachella Valley in 2018, including:

Krispy Kreme | Monterey Marketplace Shopping Center, 72-777 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage

Attention donut lovers, Krispy Kreme is expected to open its first Coachella Valley location in the summer or fall of 2018 in a new development located at the intersection of Dinah Shore and Miriam Way in Rancho Mirage, within the same shopping center as the Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 & IMAX theater.

Chick-fil-A | Monterey Crossings, Northeast corner of Monterey Ave and Dinah Shore Dr, Palm Desert 

Back in September, The Desert Sun reported that a CarMax store would be opening in Palm Desert, adjacent to Monterey Crossings, a new 18-acre commercial development project that will include a hotel, drive thru restaurants and many other businesses. According to the developers, the businesses that have signed lease agreements for the new development so far include Pokéhana, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Pieology, The Habit Burger Grill and Chick-fil-A. However, Chick-fil-A wouldn’t confirm the plans.

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