Trio is uptown – in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs.
Trio is a trio of good things:
- part exceptional food
- part art gallery with a heart (10% of sales are donated to the Art Institute at Palm Springs High School)
- part architectural landmark in mid-century modernism.
On the night we visited, we were headed for a local community theater offering, so our reservation was for 5:30. Good plan. Within a half hour of our arrival patrons were packed in like sardines. No matter. Our trio of servers moved like a well orchestrated dance team navigating between the tables as they showered us with just the right amount of attention.
The pre fix menu was well designed yet interesting – a trio of pairings for a surprising $19. My white bean humus with Kalamata olives and crostini, was followed by Australian sole, paired with Israeli couscous – all perfectly prepared. Our entire party finished with a chocolate bread pudding that had us swooning.
Other choices at our table included: falling off the bone spare ribs paired with perfectly crisped sweet potato fries; an adult mac & five cheese dish, tricked out with bacon and scallions; and an elegantly stacked, mouth-watering Portobello, eggplant, carmelized onion, veggie burger. Happily none of our servings were overwhelming – like Goldilocks, they were just right.
Kudos to owners Tony Marchese and Chef Mark Van Laanen, who have created “comfort food with a contemporary flair,” sacrificing nothing in the process. They have a green commitment to be sustainable, organic, and natural whenever possible. Just proves that you can do it and still thrive, if you want to.
Their current “special Dinner and a Show” offering combines great food with support for neighbor Palm Canyon Theater which is currently featuring Urinetown. (review to follow) Check Trio’s website for the dates that apply.
In a word, Trio was satisfying. I’m looking forward to our next visit.