Worth driving from anywhere!

Felipe’s convenient proximity to the Palm Springs airport and the fact that it serves three meals a day are just icing on the cake. The cake itself is fantastic Mexican food. From-scratch, that is, including even tortilla chips, which are thin, elegant, and ripe-corn flavored like no other. Of course, a basket of them comes before each meal, along with pink, pepper-charged hot sauce that ignites a nice little glow on tongue and lips.

Chips also are the foundation of breakfast chilaquiles, for which they are glazed with melted cheese and your choice of red or green sauce. The green is tangy, piquant, and a marvelous complement to the chips, some of which soften to virtual cornmeal under the onslaught, others retaining crisp edges. The big rectangular plate also holds creamy refried beans and a medley of roasted potatoes and vegetables, the whole big panorama topped with a pair of eggs cooked the way you like.

The family who runs the restaurant offers a full array of familiar Mexican-restaurant standards, but they make the most of seafood. Fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and enchiladas stuffed with shrimp are memorable. Best of all is a big fat pair of stuffed chilies rellenos in which shrimp sing dulcet harmony with cheese and a frothy crust that envelops long green peppers (stem-on) that retain al dente bite and deliver sunny vegetable flavor.

Shrimp-frowners can choose a beautiful carnitas plate, piled high with vividly seasoned shredded roast pork, along with a full array of beans, rice, guacamole, and pickled jalapenos.

The dessert menu is small, but not an afterthought. Choices include pastel de elote, which is a just-barely sweet corn cake; ordinary flan that is as creamy as they come, set upon a puddle of sweetened condensed milk; and Jericalla, which our waitress explained is a specialty of Guadalajara, where the family comes from. It’s similar to familiar flan but not as sweet and with a light crunch on its top, like crème brulee.

Creative margaritas, including an hibiscus version topped with flower petals, are rimmed with salt plus a measure of pepper, adding extra excitement to the well-crafted libations. One drink new to me is a rumchata: horchata (rice beverage) infused with rum and dusted with nutmeg. A simple, brilliant idea!

Felipe’s is a small restaurant with cozy, close-together tables and a sunny patio for al fresco dining. The waitstaff, who couldn’t be more helpful, serve meals with a sense of pride: this is their hometown food, and they are delighted when customers enjoy it.

What to Eat
Felipe’s, Shrimp Chile Relleno
Shrimp Chile Relleno
You really taste the chile in the chile relleno, topped with chipotle sauce and stuffed with shrimp and cheese.
Felipe’s, Carnitas Platter
Carnitas Platter
Fried shredded pork on the carnitas plate is enthusiastically spicy, accoutered with guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, ric, salad, and beans, plus tortillas.
Felipe’s, Tortilla Chips
Tortilla Chips
Light, elegant house-made chips deliver big corn flavor.
Felipe’s, Rumchata
Rumchata -- horchata + rum -- reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream.
Felipe’s, Tacos Estilo La Paz
Tacos Estilo La Paz
Tacos Estilo La Paz: one fish, one shrimp, topped with crunchy slaw and dressed with sriracha aioli
Felipe’s, Salsa
Pretty pink salsa puts a nice pepper glow on lips and tongue.
Felipe’s, Shrimp Enchiladas
Shrimp Enchiladas
Inside these enchiladas are sauteed shrimp. On top is creamy chipotle sauce and melted cheese.
Felipe’s, Flan
Impossibly rich and ultra creamy, set on a puddle of sweetened condensed milk, flan is perfectly simple and simply perfect.
Felipe’s, Hibiscus Margarita
Hibiscus Margarita
Hibiscus margarita radiates a flowery perfume. Note the glass' rim: that's salt and crushed red pepper.
Felipe’s, Jericalla Flan
Jericalla Flan
Jericalla flan isn't quite as sweet as regular flan, and it has a bit of crunch to its surface.
Felipe’s, Fish Taco
Fish Taco
Brilliant fish taco is beer battered fish topped with crunchy house-made slaw.
Felipe’s, Chilaquiles
Green-sauced chilaquiles are a vivid morning eye-opener. Refritos, upper left, are especially creamy.
Felipe’s, Horchata
Horchata's slightly starchy character makes it a welcome tongue-soother with spicy food.
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 313 MILES | 5 hr 21 min

Road Trip Overview

This 5.5 hour road trip will take you over a total of 312 miles from the chaotic fast paced streets of Las Vegas to the relaxed town of Palm Springs just next to Joshua Tree National Park. With 3 fantastic restaurants in Las Vegas and another 5 in and around Palm Springs,…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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