Contribute to a Great Cause, Get Great Eats

It may be a different kind of summer, but the pandemic isn’t going to stop an annual event in Rancho Mirage. The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage team up for another Taste of Summer. With take-out options and open patios, this year’s event is a win-win-win that benefits charities and supports local jobs and the community.

While the concept is a bit different this year, the great cause of helping local charities remains the same. Purchase a wristband to take advantage of $5, $10 and $15 dining specials all over town from August 17 – September 22.

Online wristband orders can be picked up from the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce any Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. With each wristband order, you will receive five free face masks, too.

Deals of the summer

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse: Nothing says summer like pulled pork slathered in savory barbeque sauce paired with an icy cold beer. Take advantage of the $10 deal of draft craft beer and one “Big Pig” sandwich out on the patio.

Ben & Jerry’s at The River: I scream; you scream; we all scream, “head to Ben & Jerry’s!” For $5, pick up a regular size scoop on a sugar cone or in a cup. The $10 deal is a large scoop with a topping in a freshly baked waffle cone and includes a beverage. Looking for a classic dessert? You’ve gotta pick up the banana split and a beverage for $15.

Brandini Toffee: Brandini Toffee is enjoyed by chocolate-lovers and toffee aficionados around the world and is the first toffee company to receive the coveted Gold sofi Award, the “specialty outstanding food innovation” award that honors creativity and great taste. This year, for $5 you can get a delicious toffee ice cream bar to help you beat the desert heat.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: There are so many things to choose from at Dickey’s, but with these great deals, you can select more than one. Taste of Summer, deals include:

  • $5 Pulled pork sandwich
  • $5 Kids meal (slider, nuggets, or one meat and one side)
  • $5 Wings (5) with choice of sauce
  • $10 Classic Plate with two sides
  • $15 One pound choice of pulled pork, chicken or turkey
  • $15 3 Meat Plate taster plus two sides

 Dringk Eatery + Bar: Check out the new outdoor patio with cool misters and waterfront dining. There’s lots of spaced seating. During Taste of Summer, choose the pizza any pizza for just $10.

Haus of Poke: The great thing about Taste of Summer is the opportunity to try new things. If you haven’t ordered the spam musubi, get it for just $5 with a large tea of your choice (sorry, no boba or jellies). Or select a spicy tuna, crabmeat, salmon or tuna handroll and a tea for $5.

For $10, enjoy the ahi poke nachos with a regular size drink. Nacho chips are covered with two scoops of ahi tuna, green onion, and cucumber mixed with eel and haus sauce. It’s topped with a spicy mayo drizzle.

Want to create your own bowl? For $15 get a two-scoop bowl with toppings of your choice (yellow tail excluded), plus a spam musubi, and a regular tea. 

Krispy Kreme: While the recipe for the Krispy Kreme original glazed donut is said to be locked away in the company vault at the Winston-Salem plant, thankfully they have enough insight to crank them out by the thousands in Rancho Mirage. Enjoy the classic delectable during Taste of Summer. Be sure to get your milk or coffee ready because you can take advantage of a buy-one/get one free deal on a dozen glazed donuts.  

Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill: Admit it, you’re craving an icy cold beverage to cool the desert heat. For just $5 get a small house margarita with the purchase of any food. The $10 deal gets you a small house margarita and two Southwest egg rolls or three Mexican pot stickers. Choose the one item combination plate and small house margarita for $15.

Or take advantage of other tasty specials: $10 gets you any non-alcoholic beverage and a full order of egg rolls (3 pieces) or full order of five Mexican pot stickers. For $15, enjoy a one-item combination plate with either two Southwest egg rolls or three Mexican pot stickers.

Pastry Swan Bakery: You’ll save $2 on the regular price when you order any of one of these three tasty sandwiches for the $10 Taste of Summer deal.

  • The BLTA: Plant-based bacon lettuce, heirloom tomato and avocado on a ciabatta roll.
  • The Flat Bread Salad: Pesto, English cucumbers, roasted bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, shaved red onion, and balsamic dressing.
  • Beyond Beef Teriyaki Burger: Topped with plant-based provolone, teriyaki mayo, and a grilled pineapple ring.

The Slice – N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante: Seeking a satisfying snack? Order up the $5 homemade potato chips and onion dip. The Slice also offers a way to tamp down a desert thirst with a 16-ounce sangria for just $5.

Wally’s Desert Turtle: Have you always wanted to try the slow-braised beef short ribs? The Taste of Summer is a great time to do it! Just $15 gets you this entrée with sautéed seasonal vegetables in a port and cranberry reduction. Or dig into the rosemary free range natural chicken dish with sautéed seasonal vegetables with an apple cider demi-glace.

Make it a full meal by adding a $10 spinach or little Caesar salad. For just $5 more, you can add the wild field mushroom soup, the warm chocolate lava cake or cinnamon carrot cake.

Who you help

Frequenting Rancho Mirage restaurants during these trying times helps keep the local workforce going strong. Additionally, local charities benefiting from the campaign, include Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, United Cerebral Palsy Inland Empire, Desert Cancer Foundation, Elder Love, Variety – The Children’s Charity, Rancho Mirage Rotary, Boys & Girls Club Cathedral City, Dr. Carreon Foundation, and Desert 4 Baggers.

Hungry for more?

To find information on wristbands and more food and drink deals in Rancho Mirage, visit the Taste of Summer website: tasteofsummerranchomirage.com