When in Palm Springs dining at Sherman’s Deli & Bakery is an absolute must. And if I’m honest, sometimes I stop here multiple times during our week long stay each March.
This classic New York style deli restaurant features the fare you would expect, like pastrami and corned beef, along with a wide selection cakes and pies that are massive. I mean, we are talking like six inches tall. My personal favorite? The chocolate cream pie. Although you’ll see me digging into a slice of strawberry short cake in this post. All of their desserts are fantastic!
Sherman’s is named after, you guessed it, a man named Sherman, Sherman Harris to be exact. After returning home from World War II aboard the Queen Mary, complete with a German shepherd puppy he rescued, stowed way in his duffle bag, Harris moved to Palm Springs and entered the restaurant industry. Opening Sherman’s Deli & Bakery in 1953, Harris designed the kitchen and dining areas himself, and quickly became an institution, eventually having five locations, although only two remain today, one in Palm Springs, the other in Palm Desert.
Sherman’s became a hot spot for the celebrities who came to frolic in the Palm Springs sun, including Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bob Hope, and one of my personal favorites, Adam West. The walls of the restaurant are lined with autographed photos of celebrities who have dined there over the years.
In addition to dishing up spectacular food, Harris was active in the community of Palm Springs, including the Stroke Recovery Center and the Living Free Animal Sanctuary.
While Harris passed away in 2008, his children now own and operate Sherman’s and continue his legacy of great food, and staying active within the community by participating and sponsoring Walk to End Alzheimers.
Harris’ impact earned him a star on Palm Springs’ Walk of Stars.