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As the desert sees a surge in interest from Angelenos, the 10 and its supporting freeways are jam-packed with vacationers journeying to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley. But whether it’s a “long-past-your-lunch-break” Friday evening drive to a vacation rental or a “hungover-but-hungry” Sunday morning return trip, the two-hour plus drive can seem like an endless loop of the same dozen chain restaurants you avoid at home. For more adventurous eaters, or those just bored of the same old drive-thru combos, these eight restaurants are a few short minutes from the highway but far off the beaten path.