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Morgan’s in the Desert main dining room // © 2010 La Quinta Resort & Club
Named in honor of the resort’s founder, Walter H. Morgan, the new restaurant has stayed true to La Quinta’s well-known Spanish hacienda style. The venue’s architecture is flush with rustic wood-beamed ceilings; graceful arches; cozy alcoves; and an impressive oversized fireplace. Reservations are a must for those wishing to dine in the 82-seat dining room or al fresco on the 32-seat patio. There is also a private 38-seat dining room that can be reserved for special events.
While Morgan’s in the Desert might look as if it is steeped in vintage glamour of days gone by, its menu has a thoroughly modern twist. Executive chef Jimmy Schmidt, a nationally renowned chef, cookbook author and founder of the award-winning Rattlesnake Club restaurants in Denver and Detroit, has applied the pioneering farm-to-table movement to the new menu. Schmidts took his inspiration for the menu from locally grown, high-quality products of the surrounding Coachella Valley.
Executive Chef Jimmy Schmidt // © 2010 La Quinta Resort & Club
Charred Ahi Tuna Pepper Steak, Braised Baby Fennel and Pomegranate Salad // © 2010 La Quinta Resort & Club
Dinner can conclude with either a sweet treat from the dessert menu, which included seductive favorites like Sour Cream Short Cake with Madison Strawberries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, or from an extensive menu of artisan chesses.
Morgan’s in the Desert is open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily and the bar is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Live music is played from Wednesday to Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m. Main entrees are reasonable priced from $15 to $38.
Morgan’s in the Desert760-564-7600www.morgansinthedesert.com