Five new Palm Springs-area restaurants to try in 2022

It seems like a new restaurant opens up every five minutes in the Coachella Valley.

While that’s not always good news for restaurateurs (some new names are fill-ins for shuttered businesses), it’s great news for foodies, gourmets and other hungry humans.

With new restaurants come delicious new choices and new ways to distract yourself from the existential dread of things like new COVID-19 variants and ballooning inflation.

Here are five new local restaurants — from the revival of a recently-deceased Chinese kitchen to a boozy mac and cheese spot.

Luchows

Hours: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday though Saturday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Location: 4771 E. Palm Canyon Drive

Eating Chinese food at a strip mall is far from most people’s idea of a fancy night out.

Nonetheless, Luchows owner Paul Kakuschky has made a valiant effort at transforming the defunct Supreme Dragon Chinese restaurant on East Palm Canyon Drive into a respectable restaurant and lounge, complete with live piano music and a cocktail bar.