As August arrives (August? Already?), I’m reminded that many of the Rancho Mirage fine wining and dining establishments I patronize regularly the rest of the year are about to give their front of house and kitchen staffs a very well-deserved break. After all, life pounds along almost non-stop for these talented and dedicated people during high season.
So yes, many of our favorites—Wally’s Desert Turtle (a classic made more modern by exciting young chef Richard Pelz), Livreri’s Bella Napoli (the best Caesar Salad in the desert), Catalan Mediterranean Cuisine (have you had their awesome paella?), Shame on the Moon (longtime host/manager Ginger makes everyone feel at home!), Lord Fletcher’s (I’m already in Royal Brandy Ice withdrawal), and the Sunnylands Café (what a perfect spot for a light lunch with a side of history and culture)—are shuttered in August. Not to fear. They’ll all be back after Labor Day, many with new menus and other surprises, but very few with new faces on staff. After all, local bartenders, servers, bussers, and cooks know a good thing when they’re hired at one!
In the meantime, there’s no need for you to go hungry—or, goodness forbid, cook at home! Plenty of hot spots remain open. Many are located at dining, retail, and entertainment complex The River (Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, bb’s at The River, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Yard House, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s). Others (Brandini Toffee, Burgers & Beer, Cello’s Pantry, Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse, Las Casuelas Nuevas, Maracas, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Si Bon Belgian Bistro, The Slice) are scattered around town. And last but not least, don’t forget the astounding assortment of restaurants located within the city’s four luxury resorts (Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa’s Pinzimini, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s The Steakhouse, Omni Rancho Las Palmas’ bluEmber, and The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage’s State Fare Bar & Kitchen or The Edge Steakhouse).
If you want to know more about any of Rancho Mirage’s great gastronomical options, be sure to visit www.dineranchomirage.com, and get the handy app so that menus and special offers are never farther than your fingertips. Oh, and Mangia!