John’s Restaurant

Coffee shop | Diner
Worth a detour

When he saw the Roadfood film crew ooing and ahhing over John’s stupendously dressed hamburgers, an overall-clad fellow in a nearby booth leaned over and advised us, “This is the best blue-collar restaurant in Palm Springs. When I am working in this part of town, I eat here every day. Sometimes twice a day.”

Prices are blue collar, that’s for sure, with full-scale dinners (after 4pm) in the $10 range and enthusiastically dressed burgers costing around $5. The cuisine is blue collar with an old-school California twist.

Hamburgers are the specialty. One-third pounders are cooked on a charcoal grill, coming off plenty smoky if not dramatically juicy. Whatever succulence might be missing from the meat is more than compensated by resplendent topping choices that include avocados, mushrooms, chipotle mayo, 1000 Islands dressing, chilies, and, of course a panoply of such standards as fresh leaves of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and pickles. Top of the burger line is known as a “Heartstopper” which adds bacon, sausage patties, and a fried egg.

Palm Springs is not a major breakfast town, but John’s opens at 6am and offers hearty ones (all day). There are eggs and omelets in every configuration, breakfast burritos, and cinnamon roll French toast for which a roll is sliced horizontally into three discs that get battered and grilled.

Service is semi-do-it-yourself. Order and pay for the food at the counter, where you are given a tray, utensils, your drink, and a number that tells the waitress where to bring the food when it has been prepared.

What to Eat
John’s Restaurant, Cheeseburger
Even a 'plain' 1/3-pound cheeseburger comes fully accoutered. Bacon & avocado are options.
John’s Restaurant, Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Cinnamon Roll French Toast really is formed by cutting a cinnamon roll in thirds.
John’s Restaurant, Heartstopper
'Heartstopper' burger = beef + bacon + sausage + fried egg +cheese + condiments
John’s Restaurant, BBQ Tri-Tip Salad
BBQ Tri-Tip Salad
Tri-tip and Monterrey jack cheese add protein to this dinner salad.
John’s Restaurant, Mango Smoothie
Mango Smoothie
Smoothies are thick with Greek yogurt that tempers their sweetness. This one is mango.
John’s Restaurant, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
A lacy crisp web of potato twigs envelops the hash brown patty that comes with breakfast.
John’s Restaurant, French Fries
French Fries
Well-seasoned French fries come with dipping sauce. Chili and cheese are optional toppings.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday7am - 5pm
Tuesday7am - 5pm
Wednesday7am - 5pm
Thursday7am - 5pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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