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LA’s Longest, Most Successful Chef Partnership Returns With a New Palm Springs Restaurant

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s new Alice B. has a seasonal menu, an art gallery showcasing local female and LGBTQ+ artists, and live entertainment

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their Palm Springs restaurant, Alice B. in Palm Springs, California.
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger at their Palm Springs restaurant, Alice B.
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

For over 40 years, chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have sustained one of the longest restaurant partnerships and careers in Southern California and beyond. The two opened multiple restaurants in Los Angeles County and Las Vegas, wrote five cookbooks, hosted their own Food Network show, and appeared on Top Chef Masters. Their latest project is Alice B., a California-Mediterranean restaurant stationed inside an LGBTQ+ senior community that debuted in December 2023.

Alice B. is a few blocks away from Downtown Palm Springs near the Courtyard by Marriott, an area that can be a bit lacking in thoughtful chef-owned restaurants. Though the restaurant operates inside Living Out Palm Springs, it’s open for everyone, including the people who live on-site, those who live in the area, and the droves of Southern California residents who make the regular trek to the Coachella Valley.

Feniger and Milliken recruited local chef Lance Velasquez and collaborated to design a fresh and seasonal menu. Feniger and Milliken confess that Alice B. is a return to their early career roots with LA’s then-groundbreaking City Cafe and City Restaurant in the 1980s.

Velasquez’s CV includes experience at some notable Northern California restaurants. He worked alongside Gary Danko at Chateau Souverain, at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, Campton Place Bar & Bistro, received nods from Esquire and Food & Wine Magazine, and was the founding chef at the now-shuttered and iconic Moose’s restaurant.

Alice B. isn’t taking any cues from Central or South America, unlike their other restaurants, so it’s nothing like their Santa Monica restaurant Socalo or the longstanding Border Grill (which now operates at LAX’s Terminal B and Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay resort). Instead, Alice B’s menu and experience are geared toward California and Mediterranean flavors.

A brown cocktail in a high stem glass at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Gertie’s Perfect Date cocktail.

Think small plates like short rib and potato croquettes or yellowtail amberjack crudo with limequats, Fresno chile, chervil, and olive oil. As for the entrees, the branzino comes sauced with a celery root remoulade, the seeded chicken cutlet comes with an apple radish pomegranate salad, and the hearty 14-ounce bone-in New York steak features a dollop of black pepper crema right in the center.

There’s a long bar shaking up classic cocktails and some new drinks, like Gertie’s Perfect Date mixing date-infused rye, Dolin Vermouth, Cocchi sweet vermouth, and bitters. Alice B. also has wines from California, Oregon, Mexico, New Zealand, France, and Italy. The bar bites include hummus, cornmeal cheddar drop biscuits, smashed potatoes, and a grass-fed chuck burger.

About the restaurant name: Feniger and Milliken chose Alice B. in tribute to American writer Alice B. Toklas and her life partner Gertrude Stein. The restaurant’s art will showcase local female and LGBTQ+ artists and offer live entertainment.

Alice B. is located at 1122 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA, 92262. Hours are Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., while open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesdays.

A Bone-in prime New York steak at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Bone-in prime New York steak.
Seeded chicken cutlet at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Seeded chicken cutlet.
Roasted carrots at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Roasted carrots.
Crispy smashed potatoes at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs.
Crispy smashed potatoes.
Burger with string french fries at Alice B. restaurant in Palm Springs, California.
Grass-fed chuck burger with string french fries.

Alice B.

1122 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 537-4311 Visit Website

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