Mmm. Breakfast! Credit: CVI Crapcam

What: The Breakfast Sandwich

Where: Tipper’s Gourmet Marketplace, 276 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

How much: $7.95

Contact: 760-322-6666; tippersgourmetmarketplace.com

Why: It’s a terrific meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I was running errands around 5 p.m. one recent late afternoon/early evening when my stomach started telling me it was hungry.

More specifically, it was hungry for breakfast. (My stomach clearly does not care what time of day it is when it comes to what it craves.) I was in downtown Palm Springs, so I knew right where to go to make my tummy happy.

Tipper’s Gourmet Marketplace, tucked into the rear of the Henry Frank Arcade across the street from the Hyatt, specializes in breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes that can be enjoyed either onsite or to-go. While the breakfast sandwich is obviously on the breakfast menu, Felix Tipper and his crew have the good sense to offer it all day long.

And what a sandwich it is: A fried egg is placed atop toasted sourdough bread along with Gruyere cheese, bacon, tomato and a special aioli. The sandwich doesn’t look especially pretty, but it tastes freaking fantastic. And at $7.95, it’s a pretty great deal, to boot.

While the breakfast sandwich holds my heart, Tipper’s menu includes all sorts of yummy things. Breakfast offerings include quiche, pancakes (cinnamon banana sour cream!) and traditional fare, while lunchtime brings all sorts of sandwiches and salads, and dinner keeps it simple: You can get chicken, or Italian turkey meatloaf.

I must admit that I’ve never actually tried the chicken or the meatloaf. Every time I’ve been at Tipper’s late in the day, I’ve been unable to resist that breakfast sandwich, and as fantastic as it is, I’m not sure I’ll ever try the chicken or meatloaf—unless perhaps I bring a friend and talk him or her into ordering one of those dinner entrées, and I steal a bite.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...