Roy’s of Rancho Mirage for Cocktails and a Light Dinner

The sad truth is that when a lady passes a certain age, she has to practice restraint in food and drink in order to maintain her girlish figure. Not to mention that some nights—whether I’m entertaining out-of-town friends or not—I’m just not in the mood for a big dinner. And that’s when I hightail it to Roy’s, which is one of my very favorite eateries in Rancho Mirage, or in the entire Palm Springs Valley, when I think of it.

On such occasions as these, I tend to make a beeline for the bar, where Aloha Hour—one of the desert’s best—happens nightly from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. That’s when well drinks, hand-selected wines and sakes, and specialty cocktails are just $6. My personal favorite is Roy’s Hawaiian Martini (Maui Pineapple drenched in SKYY Vodka with Stoli Vani Malibu Coconut Rum). Not that I haven’t been known to deviate from the tried-and-true at the second round!

Chef partner Adam Palffy’s $6 bar bites are the perfect accompaniment to these luau-like libations. I’m talking Red Curry Chicken Samosas, Crispy Pork & Steamed Buns, or Tempi-Crusted Ahi Rolls. Sometimes I splurge on the Wagyu Burger ($3 surcharge).

And if I don’t make it to Aloha Hour? I often still sit in the bar to sate myself with starters as I watch the masters at work in the open kitchen. Not that my request for a table would be denied. Heaven knows many an evening I’ve shown up with a half-dozen girlfriends and partied the night away sharing tasty treats. You haven’t truly experienced Roy’s until you’ve had the Original Blackened Island Ahi, the Lobster Potstickers, or the Beef Short Rib Bi Bim Bap.

No matter how you slice it, Roy’s is always a delightful and delicious option. When you go, seek out manager Delfina, and tell her your girl Diana sent you! Aloha! www.roysrestaurant.com

Roy’s of Rancho Mirage for Cocktails and a Light Dinner