What: The prime rib
Where: Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, 233 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
How much: $40 to $64, size depending
Contact: 760-327-1551; mrlyonsps.com
Why: It’s a steakhouse classic, executed marvelously.
Before we get to the details about the prime rib, I’d like to tip my figurative hat to the restaurants that—despite the insanity brought on by COVID-19, supply-chain shortages and inflation—are still doing their best to treat customers well, and give them good value.
I say this, because not all restaurants are doing so. Take Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week, for example. During the 10-day event, which took place June 3-12, restaurants offered prix-fixe meals for a set price—ideally, at a bit of a discount—offering diners a chance to try out new places, and new items at familiar places.
Because of all the aforementioned challenges, some normal participants declined to take part in Restaurant Week this year—and that’s perfectly fine. A handful of other restaurants did participate, but offered ho-hum menus, or menus that gave no discounts. There were even rumors of a few places that charged MORE than normal for their prix-fixe menus. This is not perfectly fine.
Then there are the restaurants who did participate in Restaurant Week, and did it right. Mr. Lyons Steakhouse is one of those restaurants.
I paid $49 for an amazing gazpacho (a Restaurant Week special that, I am told, has been added to the summer lounge menu), the 10-ounce prime rib (normally $40 by itself—and the cut I received seemed more generous than 10 ounces) and a splendid bread pudding.
If the gazpacho had been regularly available as of my visit, it would have earned this endorsement, but the prime rib is a worthy second choice: It was tender, juicy and well-seasoned—exactly as proper steakhouse prime rib should be.
The service was also excellent, and the cocktails were top-notch. All in all, we had an amazing dinner. Thanks to Mr. Lyons for doing things right.