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Palmdale’s restaurants include some of the biggest names and most popular chains in the nation. Eateries such as Yard House, Claim Jumper, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Outback, Chili’s, Dickey’s BBQ, The Habit, Chick-fil-A, El Torito, Blaze Pizza, Buffalo’s Café, BJ’s, Famous Dave’s, Red Robin, Pizza Rev, Buffalo Wild Wings – the list goes on – all have made Palmdale their home in the Antelope Valley.

Palmdale also has a growing number of “mom and pop” restaurants – locally owned and operated – that offer unique and delicious cuisine in a variety of styles.

Off the beaten path on E. Ave. Q-6, just north of Palmdale Blvd. you’ll find Lee Ester’s Creole and Cajun Cooking and Guadalajara Taco Grill serving up some of the best Cajun and Mexican food in the Antelope Valley. Located next to one of the oldest Japanese “mom and pops” in the Valley, Shogun, this trio of restaurants are favorites of local and visiting foodies, who have given them glowing reviews on the popular site, Yelp.

On the east side of Palmdale, the area’s first craft-your-own personal pizza purveyor Pizza Experience (with the ONLY whole wheat crust in the AV) and Ni Hao Sushi, both located in the Super Target Center, bring local twists to popular foods. Also located nearby is Mediterranean Delight, specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine and bakery items.

West Palmdale is home to one of the most popular mom-and-pop Japanese restaurants in the Valley, Goldfish, located in the Von’s Shopping Center on Rancho Vista Blvd. Next door is Angkor, which offers a wide selection of Asian specialties, while Los Arcos offers tasty Mexican food just steps away. Fresco II on Restaurant Row at the mall has been named the Antelope Valley’s Best Mediterranean Food for several years running.

In central Palmdale, Irene’s Café dishes up everything from burgers to salads. For decades, Tokyo Steak has been dazzling diners/audiences with its Tappan-style table specialties. Newcomer Boulevard Café is making a name for itself with break-fast and lunch crowds, while Hatsuki Japanese has reopened in the spirit of its former incarnation as a popular destination in Palmdale’s early years. For those who enjoy Chinese food, look no further than Dragon Palace on Palmdale Blvd. Thai food lovers have their choice between Thai Palms and Jasmine Thai. And if you’re in the City Hall area, La Cucina Perianez Italian/Mexican, Scramblez, Lucky Roxy’s, Siesta Pollo, and El Patron will certainly please your taste buds.

Heading north, two new “mom-and-pops” are open in the Home Depot center on Rancho Vista Blvd., just east of the freeway. LU&PE serves homemade Mexican food, while House of Kabob offers not only kabobs, but shawarma, rotisserie chicken and other Middle Eastern delights.

Finally, 10th West has its fair share of dining options. Mediterranean Fresh presents delicious entrees from the Middle East, while Gino’s brings Italian, Boom Boom prepares chicken Korean style and Baracoa Cuban Restaurant and Wine Bar offers Caribbean fare. Heading north on 10th, diners can choose from Hibachi Grill, Nopgow Thai, Medrano’s Mexican, Sushi Zen, Chely’s Café, I Love Sushi & BBQ, Fire Island Grill, Upper Crust and Dragon Garden.

There are other delicious “mom-and-pops” in Palmdale that are sure to please the palates of those who seek new and unique tastes. For a list of Palmdale restaurants, please visit

Burger Heaven?

California may not have been where the hamburger was invented, but many say it’s the place where it was perfected!

If you need a burger fix while in Palmdale, we probably have what you’re looking for. Here you’ll find: The Habit, Tommy’s, Claim Jumper, In-n-Out, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Fatburger, Five Guys, Red Robin, Yard House, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Del Taco, Jack in the Box and Sonic, as well as “local” favorites such as Primo, Tom’s, Irene’s Café, Doublez and Sky Burger.B

Breakfast, Anyone?

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast in Palmdale! Whatever gets your motor running, you’ll find it here.

We’ve got traditional favorites like IHOP, Panera and Denny’s, and some amazing unique spots such as Lucky Roxy’s, Karen’s Kitchen, Chely’s Café, La Cucina Perianez, Scramblez and Boulevard Café.

Must. Have. Coffee.

To start your day, or for an afternoon treat, we have plenty of places for you to get your cup o’ Joe. There are several Starbucks locations in town, as well as a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Krispy Kreme.

For a bit of local flavor, be sure to try Butler’s Coffee, La Perk or Perkie’s Coffee Haus, home of the famous waffle sandwich.

For Your Sweet Tooth

When you’re away from home, you know you want to indulge a bit. Palmdale can satisfy your sweet tooth in many ways.

For the cupcake lover, there’s Nadia Cakes, a Food Network Cupcake Wars winner. Or treat your taste buds to Sinful Treats, featuring artisan ice cream, custom cakes, cupcakes, organic coffee and more.

If you’re looking for some-thing a little cooler, you can choose ice cream at Cold Stone and Baskin Robbins, or frozen yogurt at Menchie’s, Yogurtland, Berry Star and Sweet Frog.

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