by Sheri Dettman

Over the last two years, my husband Bill and I have dined at Lavender Bistro on a regular basis. With all the positive feedback from our clients and friends, we thought we’d review it this time around, as well, since it’s one of our local favorites.

An Old-Town La Quinta Favorite
Lavender Bistro is a Mediterranean-style restaurant that opened in late ‘08 in Old Town La Quinta in the former space of Blend Restaurant. Lavender Bistro is owned by Nicolas Despras, a young man who has learned the trade by working closely with his father, Michel Despras, owner of Le St. Germain Restaurant in Indian Wells.

Bill enjoys the pork chop, which is one of Lavender’s house specialties. I lean towards the bar ‘small bites’ menu and usually rotate between the Tuna Tacos and the Roasted Beet Salad. From time to time I indulge in one of Lavender’s excellent seafood or pasta dishes.

Extensive Patio Dining Available
Lavender’s extensive patio dining area is hard to beat on warm desert evenings. Tuesday nights feature is half-price wine by the bottle. The Lavender bar menu includes a wide variety of appetizers for around $8. Dress is casual and live piano music is offered on weekends.

Although the Lavender is not easy to find for those not familiar with Old Town La Quinta, it is certainly worth a visit.  It is located at 78073 Calle Barcelona, just down the street from Arnold Palmer's restaurant and, just across from the Homestead Restaurant. (760) 564-5353.

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