Fine Dining at the La Quinta Resort
On Christmas evening Michael and I joined our friends Tracey, Dan, Sallie, and Troy for drinks and dinner at Morgan’s in the Desert at the La Quinta Resort. Morgan’s is a long time favorite of mine and one of the best choices for fine dining in the desert. As an added bonus, the Christmas Tree is absolutely stunning and really sets the Christmas mood.
We met our friends at the bar and enjoyed bartender Brian’s excellent libations. Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Cabernet and a specialty drink with a sugar rim featuring X Fusion, a pink liqueur with a premium vodka base that is infused with Provence blood orange, mango, and passion fruit flavors were some of the favorites.
Our friends moved to the dining room for a more formal experience and Michael and I stayed in the bar for dinner, listening to the delightful Ron Pass on the piano, Tuesday through Saturday 7:30-10:30pm. We had White Truffle French Fries, Wild Mushroom Flatbread with Pickled Red Pearl Onions, Nueske Bacon, Comte Cheese, and Roasted Cauliflower with Chai Curry Spice, Red Pearl Onions, Chive Oil, Shallot Aioli. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful as well.
About Morgan’s in the Desert
When Walter H. Morgan invited the Hollywood elite out to the desert to escape Tinseltown in the Christmas of 1926, they shed the burden of celebrity, and shared the simplicity and health benefits of good food, good drink, and good friends. The retreat was rare, but the connection was real and lasting. As Frank Capra, who returned many times to write his most famous film classics, stated, “It was the kind of place everyone was looking for; it is a wonderful green oasis in the middle of the desert, and it is absolutely private.” The Coachella Valley flourished with irrigation, golf soon followed, and all the while, Mari Dressler, Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, Errol Flynn and Joan Crawford enjoyed the “original hideaway” and the relaxed times around the rustic but well-set table.
Today, the tradition continues at Morgan’s in the desert, with simple culinary sophistication, an elegantly unpretentious hacienda inspired dining room, and guests who come from miles away to share special moments with their friends and families.