A steakhouse staple, prepared perfectly.

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.

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...

5 replies on “The Indy Endorsement: The Prime Rib at Mr. Lyons”

  1. Palm Springs restaurant food is mediocre at best. There is an occasional glimpse of hope(Miro’s, Johannes) but all in all it’s not good or diverse. Palm springs needs proper restauranteurs, real chefs more true foreign tastes. Menus vary very little from place to place and service is usually, not always, unprofessional.
    Because of tourism restaurants are never honestly reviewed. You or Desert Sun need a knowledgeable, unrestrained critic with a palette.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Frank. We don’t do restaurant reviews; we do endorsements of specific items at restaurants, and I’ll stand by any and all of them that I’ve done.

  2. Mr Lyons is super excellent! I eat out everyday and have been for over 10 years. All the fancy joints and in many towns.

    I highly recommend a trip there to anyone who isn’t stuck on themselves… You will be pleased you went. Just really love this spot and everything I’ve had there has been top notch!

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