Smoked salmon plate – Escena Lounge & Grill

Smoked salmon plate - Escena Lounge & Grill
Cream cheese, tomato, red onions, capers, bagel. $14
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

There was a lot of salmon on this plate. I couldn’t eat most of it. I wish the bagel was better though. It was really poor quality.


Classic breakfast – Escena Lounge & Grill

Classic breakfast - Escena Lounge & Grill
Scrambled eggs, ham, fruit, wheat toast. $12
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

This was ok. They give you plenty of ham, but the scrambled eggs were my favorite. They weren’t very light and fluffy. I still love their complimentary muffins though!

Blueberry muffins - Escena Lounge & Grill
Blueberry muffins with butter.

Country fried steak – Escena Lounge & Grill

Country fried steak - Escena Lounge & Grill
Hand-hammered cutlet, two eggs over medium, country gravy, toast and breakfast potatoes. $14
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

OMG, this cutlet was ridiculously HUGE! I can usually eat A LOT, but I couldn’t even begin to finish this thing, lol. It was pretty good, maybe a bit on the dry side, but the gravy and breading were flavorful. I think my heart is screaming from the sight of this again, hehe.

Mini blueberry muffin - Escena Lounge & Grill
Mini blueberry muffin. Delicious!

Turkey burger – Escena Lounge & Grill

Turkey burger - Escena Lounge & Grill
Ground turkey, swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle, secret sauce on a Kaiser roll, side salad. $15
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

I love Escena. The setting is gorgeous, the service is wonderful, and it’s a great value. This turkey sandwich was pretty large and they have a lot of add-on options to personalize it to your taste.

Mini blueberry muffins - Escena Lounge & Grill
Mini blueberry muffins.

Grand slam of sliders – Escena Lounge & Grill

Grand slam of sliders - Escena Lounge & Grill
Crab cake, old bay tartar sauce. Pulled pork, jack and coke bbq sauce, slaw. Natural beef, cheddar, secret sauce, Achiote chicken, pulled spicy chicken, guacamole. Served with fries and a pickle. $12
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Mmm, all these sliders were pretty good but I think the pulled pork was my favorite. I also enjoyed that they tried to differentiate the sliders by having different toppings and sauces.

Pulled pork sliders - Escena Lounge & Grill
Trio of pulled pork sliders. $9
Had to order these another day since I liked them so much and they’re a great value.

Mt. San Jacinto summit
View of Coachella Valley from Mt. San Jacinto summit.

Artisan cheeses – Escena Lounge & Grill

Artisan cheeses - Escena Lounge & Grill
Apple, grapes, Temecula honey, crackers. $12
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Omg, they certainly gave us A LOT of cheese! We weren’t expecting such a large plate when we ordered it, but we’re not complaining, hehe. I’m not sure what all the cheeses were but there an herb-crusted goat cheese, bleu cheese, brie, gouda, some kind of cheddar, a soft sheep’s milk cheese, and a couple other kinds. I can never say no to cheese so I liked everything. And the honeycomb chunk was awesome!

Teddy Bear chollas
Cholla Cactus Garden filled with Teddy Bear chollas (Cylindropuntia bigelovii, Cactaceae), Joshua Tree National Park.

Street tacos – Escena Lounge & Grill

Popcorn shrimp taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Popcorn shrimp with cabbage slaw and salsa. $3
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

These tacos were pretty tasty and at $3 a pop they made the perfect afternoon snack! I know it’s kinda ghetto for me to admit it, but the popcorn shrimp was probably my favorite. I don’t eat a lot of fried seafood so perhaps I just had a craving for it that day, hehe.

Chicken tinga taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Chicken tinga with guacamole and salsa. $3

Carne asada taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Carne asada with guacamole and salsa. $3

Mt. San Jacinto hike
Mt. San Jacinto hike, looking back down into Coachella Valley.

Cocktails – Escena Lounge & Grill

Cocktails - Escena Lounge & Grill

Dirty Blonde: Makers Mark, Dekuyper peach schnapps, lemonade, mint. $10
Escena Martini: Pearl cucumber vodka, Beefeater gin, tonic, lime juice, cucumber garnish. $12
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Mmm, a couple of refreshing cocktails on a warm sunny day. You can’t beat that!

Assorted rolls - Escena Lounge & Grill
Assorted rolls. Complimentary

Idyllwild country
View of Idyllwild country from Mt. San Jacinto.