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Dining Around the Desert: Kitchen 86 + Bar

We are very excited to announce the Opening of the long awaited Kitchen 86 on El Paseo. They are a Modern Eclectic Small Plate Restaurant in the old Wolfgang Puck space.

Locally owned & locally grown - Kitchen 86 is a fantastic, welcoming spot to gather and enjoy an eclectic menu of modern, curated small plate continental cuisine. Using local, organic ingredients, offerings include a tableside cheese wheel pasta, house-made curry, ramens, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of entree selections and shareable small plates.

Kitchen 86 is open daily for lunch and stays open for late night guests with an impressive, rotating list of specials and a happy hour. Creative cocktails, craft beer and extensive wine list paired with the ambient dining area and lively bar makes this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the best of what El Paseo has to offer.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy the experience several times now in the past couple of weeks that they’ve been open.

The first time, I had the Beet Salad and the Cheese Wheel Pasta, both were excellent! The Spanish blend red wine was also very good.

This past week, our party of 5 enjoyed the Boom Boom Shrimp, Kitchen 86 flatbread, and Crispy Calamari to start. We then had Scampi, the Chicken, and the house Curry.

We enjoyed a variety of libations including a perfectly made Old Fashioned, a nice selection of Red wine, and a couple of really interesting vodka coffee drinks.

Following dinner we all shared some Cannoli which were light and crisp and the perfect finish.

The service was good, the food was excellent, the drinks well made, and the company was delightful! We will be back.

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Dining Around the Desert: The Vine Wine Bar in Palm Desert


The Vine Wine Bar

Vine Wine Bar's mission is to provide a beautiful parlor setting that encourages connection while learning about our common love for wine. With an unpretentious approach to wine tasting, we are perfect for beginners yet impressive to the experts. The Vine Wine Bar’s commitment is to entice people to connect with each other as much as they connect with our wines.

I had the pleasure of trying the brand new Vine Wine Bar in Palm Desert last week with my girlfriends Laura and Leslie. Located next to Ralph’s on Country Club and Cook, the location is a bit odd, but they’ve done an excellent job with the interior, making it very inviting. The night we went, it was one of our cold winter nights, and they had the fire pit on the front patio roaring. There was one couple out there. I figured they were some of my Canadian clients and it was a balmy night for them as us desert gals beat it inside to sit in the lounge type seating.

We enjoyed a red wine flight each, leaving it up to the bar manager to pick the selections based on what we told him we liked. He did not disappoint, and we discovered some new wines that we really liked.

For dinner, we shared a Panini with Mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts with balsamic dressing and glaze. The bread was delicious, and it was pure comfort food.

We also shared Warm Pretzels with cheese sauce and spicy mustard. We honestly could have devoured an order each, they were so good.

The final item was a Flat Bread Pizza with Arugula, Mozzarella, tomatoes, and a truffle oil drizzle.

We really enjoyed the whole experience and will be back for more!

Read more about The Vine Wine Bar here….

The Oldest Restaurants in the Desert

These classic, long-standing restaurants have served Greater Palm Springs with their timeless menus, impeccable service, and charming ambiance. 


PHOTOGRAPH BY ARTHUR COLEMAN   Sherman’s baked goods are created at their Palm Desert location and brought over to their spot in Palm Springs.


Sherman’s baked goods are created at their Palm Desert location and brought over to their spot in Palm Springs.

To step into Lord Fletcher’s is like stepping back in time to a place that is a historical cross between turn-of-the-century England and the Golden Age of Hollywood. “If you walked into the restaurant in 1966, this is exactly how it looked,” says second-generation owner Michael Fletcher.

“We’ve been so lucky that we’ve had clientele who have been coming in for 10, 20, 30, 40 years,” Fletcher says. “But the part I like to see now is the younger generation, people in their 20s and 30s. This whole new cultural thing of re-appreciating midcentury modern architecture or classic cocktails of the 1950s — it has been something that has encouraged a curiosity with a whole new generation of people.”

Among the tables, you’ll find the ones occupied by regulars Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. On the menu, the prime rib they have been serving since its opening is still one of the most popular dishes to order and is served with creamed spinach and the classic English favorite, Yorkshire pudding. If you are looking to order Frank’s go-to dish, that would be the braised short rib.

Around the restaurant you’ll find relics of antiques, art, and collectibles that were hand-picked and shipped from England by the restaurant’s original owner Ron Fletcher. One notable relic is the authentic Grandfather clock. “It actually came from my father’s house in Portsmouth, England,” Fletcher notes. “And it still worked when we brought it over, but unfortunately when it chimed it scared everyone. They thought it was a fire alarm, so we had to take the chimes out.”


The Royal Brandy Ice was Frank Sinatra’s favorite.

Michael now carries on the legacy of what has become one of the most legendary restaurants in the desert, pioneering the popular Restaurant Row in Rancho Mirage.

“To be part of this community, growing up here, going to school here it’s been wonderful,” Fletcher says. “I’m so happy this is where my family came. This desert is a really unique area, and Rancho Mirage is really something special.”

Don’t forget to try their signature drink, the Royal Brandy Ice, which features a nice, stiff brandy poured over ice cream.

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2019 Palm Springs Guide To What's New And Instagram-Worthy

Sands is opening new doors in an area of the desert not known for boutique luxury.SANDS HOTEL AND SPA

Sands is opening new doors in an area of the desert not known for boutique luxury.SANDS HOTEL AND SPA

By David Hochman for Forbes Life

Palm Springs is forever reinventing itself. That's part of what brings me back year after year, era after era. The latest incarnation is what you might call Instagram Modernism. Hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops that are purpose-built (or meticulously refashioned) for a multitude of iPhone angles and maximum likes. Here's where to score the most ♥s in PS in 2019.

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