Mercado Plaza, Second Level; 155 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
The wood-fired pizza is the main draw for kids, but parents looking for a more sophisticated meal will find plenty of pleasing options amongst Matchbox's gourmet salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Although there is some indoor seating, dining outdoors along the balconies is a real treat -- the second-floor location is perfect for people-watching in the plaza below.
- Happy hour deals. Plan your visit Sunday through Thursday between 5 and 7 p.m. to take advantage of reduced prices on many of their appetizers (like one-topping pizza and miniature burgers), which are perfectly portioned for kids.
- Heaters for chilly nights. Numerous outdoor heaters keep the balconies warm even on cool winter evenings.
- Go early. The restaurant is popular, especially later in the evening, and the wait for a table can be long. Call ahead for a reservation during peak meal times.
Just the Facts
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. noon-1 a.m.; Sun. noon-11 p.m.
Fees: Moderately priced