Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week

When season closes post-Memorial Day, snowbirds fly the coop. But for we brave ones who choose to remain in the desert to weather—and enjoy!—the summer months, some worthy rewards are in store. Or, should I say, “in restaurant.” Yes, I’m talking about Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week®. 2017’s iteration of the popular gastronomic event has…

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Haus of Poké Finds First Home in Rancho Mirage

The moment you enter the bright, clean space occupied by new restaurant Haus of Poké in the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center at Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive, you see the following written on a large sign: “Poké/poukei/ is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as an…

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Rancho Mirage is Restaurant City

Ever since rooftops started popping up on Rancho Mirage’s Restaurant Row more than four-and-a-half decades ago, the city’s been known as a Palm Springs Valley gastronomic magnet for foodies near and far. Today, the culinary offerings within our borders are nothing if not diverse—from classic standbys such as Lord Fletcher’s (www.lordfletcher.com), Wally’s Desert Turtle (www.wallysdesertturtle.com),…

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Rancho Mirage’s Hidden Breakfasts

The 2017 issue of R/M magazine—that gorgeous, 96-page glossy magazine that came out a month or so ago—has a dining story titled “Top of the Morning,” which lists all the best go-to places to break fast in the ayem. Named are our big fabulous resorts, of course, and other can’t-miss places. But Rancho Mirage also…

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Bernie’s Moves From Palm Springs to Rancho Mirage

When Rand Howell and Geoff McIntosh began their romance more than 44 years ago, their favorite bar was a hole-in-the-wall named Bernie’s in Pocatello, Idaho. Back then, the pair fancied one day owning their own elegant restaurant and christening it Bernie’s. It took them almost 40 years—and welcome detours into real estate and restaurant management—to…

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The Fox & Fiddle: A New Pub in Rancho Mirage

Taking a small (maple) leaf from the popular The Fox & Fiddle chain of pubs North of the Border, husband-and-wife team Kurt Gardner and Carmen Shaw—Canadian expats and longtime Rancho Mirage residents—are the savvy restaurateurs who obtained the right to establish their version of the brand throughout California. Their first outpost opened February 20 at…

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Diamonds Are Rancho Mirage’s Best Friend

It turns out diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. They’re pretty cozy with Rancho Mirage, too. How do I know? Because the Automobile Club of Southern California has just unveiled its list of eateries and accommodations that scored its Four-Diamond rating for 2017. Per the organization’s website, “One of the hallmark services AAA offers…

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