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Returning To Morgan's, An Old Favorite

Time can certainly fly and since it’s been a few years since we reviewed Morgan’s In The Desert, my husband Bill and I recently revisited this old favorite located at The La Quinta Resort & Club.

Morgan’s is the La Quinta Resort’s fine dining restaurant. Morgan's is helmed by Chef Jimmy Schmidt of Detroit’s famed Rattlesnake Restaurant. Morgan’s features a selection of small plates, seafood, and meats along with excellent cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Dining At Morgan’s Bar

Morgan's of the desert bar areaMorgan's Bar & Lounge AreaWe chose to dine at the bar and Brian the bartender took great care of us. I started with a Tangerine-Ginger Margarita made of Sauza Agave, Pomegranate juice, fresh Tangerine, Ginger, and Lime. Bill sampled a glass of the 2012 Neyers Chardonnay.

The soup of the day, which we shared, was Cauliflower with Sweet Onions. It was creamy and packed with flavor but featured no cream or dairy. It was one of the best soups that Bill's enjoyed in recent years.

The Scallops Or Salmon?

Usually for my entrée I would order Maine Diver Sea Scallops. Brian suggested the Pan Roasted Nova Salmon on a bed of Roast Pumpkin & Quinoa Risotto, with Ginger Froth & Crispy Ginger Salad, and Brian did not steer me wrong.

Bill ordered the suggested Apple Cider Cured All Natural Pork Chop with a Smoked Salt Apple & Cauliflower Gratin and an Apple & Pinot Noir Essence. While the Pork Chop could have used 30 seconds less on the grill, the depth of flavors on this plate were wonderful. A glass of the ‘12 Seghesio Zinfandel was the perfect complement.

Our Dessert Goes Quickly

For dessert, we were treated to Twisted S’mores of Chocolate with Fire Kissed Marshmallow Ice Cream on an Almond Graham Cracker. It lasted about a minute between the two of us!

Morgan’s is open for dinner from 5:30 to 10 PM daily. The bar hours are from 5-10 and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. There is live music Wednesday thru Sunday from 7-11 PM. Reservations are highly recommended, and if you enjoy dining in the bar, please say hello to Brian. Complimentary valet parking is available at the resort entrance. Morgan's Of The Desert: 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta (760) 564-7600