The iconic Mr. Lyons Steakhouse a modernized throw back to the days of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack and the good old days in Palm Springs where drinks are still potent and portions are big and juicy. Opened originally in the 1490’s as Lyons English Grille by the real Mr. David Lyons (who is now in his 90s according to our waiter, Frank), the restaurant was formerly known for its 19th century English décor. It still reflects a little of the past with its moodiness and elegance. But the current in for a weekend escape. This diversity inspires us to curate an eclectic and current Chef Chris Hora has added his own touch to the kitchen. According to a piece in Palm Springs life, “Chef Hora isn’t trying to battle the past and replicate the past but rather ignore it and still pay homage to the name—which he does well. He’s spiced up the menu with fusions of Asian, North African and Latin, plus a couple of Chinese techniques blended with California influence.” “I don’t buy things,” he says. “I make them. I make everything except cheese and butter. Eventually I will make both.”
Back in May 2015 Mr. Lyons was taken over by Foundation 10 Creative Palm Springs Creative, a collective owned by restaurateur and hotelier, Tara Lazar, the local force behind well-known Palm Springs restaurants, Cheeky’s and Birba, as well as Alcazar hotel. It’s a leisurely dining venue and experience which during a recent visit was packed with people attending a wine dinner in a private room, young couples in booths and the usual Palm Springs suspects of LGBTs and elderly folks. The pace is intentionally slow so diners can savor the atmosphere and linger over drinks and food. However if you want to speed it up your waiter is happy to accommodate.
There’s no bones about the focus of the menu being beef and plenty of it in delicious hand cuts of natural meats such as a tender, tasty veal chop, filet mignon, NY strip, T-bone, Tomahawk Ribeye for two, porter house—that come in small and large sizes and prime rib in petite, queen or king size portions. Tasty $8 sides are offered to enhance the meal that include mashed potatoes or pommes frites, asparagus, Mac and Cheese made with Brie cream and truffles, crispy Brussel sprouts, grilled mushrooms, spinach, corn, beer battered onion rings and creamy polenta. You can further embellish your beef with bone marrow, jumbo lump blue crab, seared foie gras and various sauces, but really the meat’s so tasty you might want to have it plain and simple.
Of course there’s a desert menu but we opted for the rare retro cheese carte –an assortment of perfectly ripe selections served with crusty breads and crackers and washed down with a fabulous NV11 Cain Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. Of course Richard began the evening with his usual martini which was perfectly made and filled to the brim as it should be, stirred with one olive. The Diva did a big buttery Barnett Chardonnay.
Mr. Lyons was one of the perfect places to celebrate during our four night anniversary getaway to Palm Springs. You will need reservations, a big appetite and a penchant for old-fashion steakhouses with a modern twist that’s stirred not shaken. It is located at 233 East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. For reservations call 760-327-1551. It’s a must do on your next visit to Palm Springs.