I have many  a favorite restaurant in Rancho Mirage, but the one I come back to the most is invariably Shame On The Moon.  Patrons travel from all over the Palm Springs Valley to eat the amazing food prepared by Chef Jorge Villabona and his more than competent staff.

I had dinner there last week with my friends Dana and Hedge.  After a warm greeting by hostess-with-the-mostest Ginger Carter, we were seated at a primo table in the packed dining room.  My companions were surprised to see such a convivial crowd on what they considered a “quiet Wednesday,” and equally amazed that the service was so good in such a busy establishment.  But SOTM fans know what they’re doing, and that involves eating in a place with five-star food at reasonable prices.

The comfortable dining room with adjacent bar is very conducive to intimate dinners, business affairs, or family gatherings, as we saw that night.  But really it’s all about the food and good, friendly, non-intrusive service.  Since main courses come with a choice of house salad or soup of the day, I often overlook the great list of appetizers.  But on this night we decided to split the Steamed Spinach Napoleon with goat cheese and house-made cornmeal crackers.  A great vegetarian option, and totally delish.   But then everything on the menu is totally delish.  Duckling, (ah, those roasted shallots!), Horseradish-crusted Salmon, and the chef’s signature dish, Calf’s Liver, are just the beginning.   And a shared dessert—or two—is always a given!

Shame On The Moon is also a great place for holidays, and I’m planning on being there for New Year’s Eve’s five-courser.  I simply can’t get enough of this place.

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