(Above photo taken from Trio’s Facebook page)

Bar/Restaurant: Trio

Established: 2009

Area: Design District of Palm Springs

Typa Joint: Modern

Signature Cocktail: The Stick Up

Trio is next door to the Shag store in the Design District area of Palm Springs, so it must be effing fabulousness! The restaurant is situated in a mid-century bank building. The decor did not disappoint, with whimsical lighting and a palette of white with large splashes of orange – one of my favorite colors. My family and I ate there before taking in a play at the Palm Canyon Theater.

Palm Springs restaurant prices can be sky high, so the Trio prix fixe three-course dinner for $19 was very refreshing. OpenTable rated Trio as one of the most-booked restaurants in Palm Springs. Trip Advisor rated it in the top 10 percent of restaurants worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. I opted for the baby beet salad, cod, and bread pudding. Everything was just wonderful.

Our waiter was a handsome young man who was very attentive, and interested in the way I ordered my pre-prohibition gin martini. When my mom Maria explained that I was on a quest to visit 40 bars in the Coachella Valley and that I was blogging about my experiences, he gave me a copy of the menu so I would not forget the details. Nicely done.

Martini out of the way, I ordered one of the cocktails from the specialty menu: the “Stick Up.” It was made with Death’s Door gin, lemonade, El Corazon tequila purée, and mint, yet it seemed to lack flavor somehow. The price seemed a bit steep at $12, especially considering that my entire meal set me back only $7 more.

Mediocre, pricey cocktail aside, I had a great meal and great service at Trio, and I hope to return before I leave the Coachella Valley.