Locals arrive early to avoid waiting in line for the famous brunch at popular Cheeky's in Palms Springs. The 20-seat restaurant, with an outdoor patio that doubles dining space, serves from a menu that changes weekly. Chef Tara Lazar insists on fresh, seasonal ingredients, preferably local and organic. Great care and enthusiasm go into the food she prepares, which often reflects a Mexican influence from her childhood. Cheeky's takes no shortcuts, does not use mixes, and juices are squeezed by hand. Try an extraordinary persimmon sandwich or five varieties of bacon served as a flight.