At The Shag Store, you'll find brightly colored and whimsical prints of the mid-mod scene in Palm Springs by Josh Agle, a.k.a. Shag. (See his work pictured above, on the cover of the January/February 2019 issue of Westways, and at The Shag Store, located on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs and in West Hollywood). 760-322-3400; shag.com.
Though not mid-mod in decor, these restaurants offer eclectic meals.
A local favorite, Rooster and the Pig offers diners complimentary starters of cháo, a surprisingly satisfying rice porridge. Among the best dishes is a bowl of egg noodles with tangy, delicately crispy shards of beef. Vibrant, eclectic art enhances a space that is trendy but casual and inviting. Beware: There is often a wait for tables at this 48-seat restaurant, and it doesn't accept reservations. 356 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-832-6691; roosterandthepig.com.
With a globally inspired menu, Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge captures the spirit of Palm Springs' revitalized uptown design district in a funky, upbeat setting. A sophisticated riff on a comfortable American staple, the fried chicken is lightly breaded and served over white corn-mashed potatoes. The four-course dinners are a great value at $46. 849 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-325-8490; eight4nine.com.
Lulu California Bistro is a flashy restaurant with flamboyant crystal chandeliers wrapped in pastel acrylic shades, a prominent underlit bar, and a quieter mezzanine level atop a winding staircase. The menu features a couple of hundred breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Pass on the lobster rolls in favor of another comfort food icon, chicken potpie (Sundays only), or pork chops. 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. 760-327-5858; lulupalmsprings.com.