In this episode of The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s Coachella Guide we explore some of our personal favorite places to go to satisfy those late night midnight munchies.

Now, mind you, please do know that this is NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT.  This is really just from us, for you, to enjoy and navigate around our hometown with.  We didn’t get paid to talk about any of these businesses, so please don’t interpret it that way.  We try to keep it real as possible on The Coachella Valley Art Scene.

These are really places that we go and spend our money at.  A majority, if not all, of these business are independently owned.  If you get a moment to check them out, please do – you’ll be happy that you did!

 

Midnight Munchies

 

It’s Midnight.  The concert is over.  Your stomach is grumbling from the aftershock of rumbling from the concert’s speakers.  You’ve drank too much, you’ve smoked too much, you need to sober up.  Where to go!?!  The worst thing to have to worry about when it’s that hour…..errrrrr….

Have no fear… the CVAS has been there and knows what it feels like.  We got ‘chu.

For our Midnight Munchies picks we have gone through and selected all that are INDENDENT, locally owned, muchie spots.  We picked them because they are open late and are pretty good (although we can not vouch that all are good for you).  Forget Del Taco, Taco Bell, In n Out…. even at that hour you should be smart enough to know to support the local businesses.

We have ordered then in not the order of favorite flavors, but in order of what is closest to the festival (#1) and what is farthest (#5).  We did it like this because we are making this whole “Coachella Guide” for out-of-towners who are coming form the festival.  Closer is easier.  And, let’s face it – everything tastes “bomb” at that hour.

 

Our Top 5 Picks

We chose these top 5 based on the hours that they are open till and if they are independently owned.  And, extra bonus points for how close they are to the concert’s headquarters (Empire Polo Fields in Indio,CA).

 

#1 Pick: Aldo’s Mexican Food

Coachella, CA

Screw going to Del Taco or Taco Bell, it’s all about Aldo’s Mexican Restaurant in Coachella.  It’s 24 hours of pure glory.  The biggest plus is that they have pictures of everything on the menu.  Well, actually, sometimes it makes it harder because my eyes seem to be hungrier than my stomach between the hours of midnight – 4:00am.  Closest place to the festival and a great experience.  Go.

Located:

49225 Grapefruit Blvd.
Coachella, CA 92236

 

 

#2 Pick: Santana’s Mexican Food

Palm Desert + Cathedral City + Yucca Valley, CA

Sanata’s is a life saver.  Okay, so yeah, it might be a chain restaurant, BUT, did you know that the first Santana’s opened in Yucca Valley, are only in the Inland Empire and now the Coachella Valley?  Pretty awesome.  They are famous for ‘inventing’ the California Burrito.  And what is the most comforting thing in California besides the sunshine?? Burritos.  This place comes highly recommended from yours truly.  Stops along HWY 111, in Palm Desert and Cathedral City… and if you are staying in the High Desert for some random reason, then make sure to check out the original in Yucca Valley.

Located:

78395 Varner Rd
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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67555 E Palm Canyon Dr
Cathedral City, CA 92234

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6547 29 Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

www.yvsantanasmexicanfood.com/

 

 

 

#3 Pick: El Revolucionario

Cathedral City, CA

I’ve been going to El Revolucionario for years, so they must be doing something right.  It’s right in the middle of everything (Palm Desert to Palm Springs, that is) and it’s delish!! Plus, it’s independently owned.  I recommend anything that includes carne asada.  Chop lickin’ good!  Open till about 3:00am or so.  Yum.

Located:

35915 Date Palm Dr.
Cathedral City, CA 92234

 

 

 

#3 Pick: King’s Highway

Palm Springs, CA

King’s highway is located inside the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA.  King’s Highway is typically a place where you can get a great dinner or a tasteful breakfast, but just recently they added a late night munchies menu!!! And now, King’s Highway is open till about 3:00am or so.  So good.  Thank you Based God.  For all you who insist on eating healthy late at night – you’re going to have a drive a distance away from Indio, but, it’ll be worth it.  Hummus lover?  I recommend the Mezza Plate.  Be prepared to wait in line and hang with the hippest of the hipsters.

Located:

Ace Hotel
701 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264

http://www.acehotel.com/palmsprings/dining/menu

 

 

 

#4 Pick: Shanghai Red’s Oyster Bar

Palm Springs, CA

Shanghai Red’s is connected to the very delicious Fisherman’s Market and Grill – so you can imagine the freshness that is involved here.  Everyone and their Momma has been to Shanghai Red’s and they will all tell you the same thing – “get the fish tacos!!!”  Seriously – so good.  They are open till about 2:00am.  All the way in Palm Springs – but seriously worth the drive.

Located:

235 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

 

 

Runner Ups:

Bars that have good food!!  **Most of these bars are mentioned in our, Coachella Guide: Bars**

 

Birba/Palm Springs

NYPD/Palm Springs

Firehouse Bar/Palm Desert

 

 

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Thank you for reading our Coachella Guide: Midnight Munchies.

We hope it helped.  Let us know if it did, send us some pictures of your finds:thecoachellavalleyartscene@gmail.com

 

And if you are a local who would like to recommend some of your favorite places, hit us up!

Sarah at thecoachellavalleyartscene@gmail.com

 

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