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.