Pappy and Harriet's
As a music fan, I have heard tell of Pappy and Harriet's for a few years now. A lot of folks have played here: Calexico, Graham Parsons, Dandy Wharhols, Johnette Napolitano, etc. A friend was working with a band who was playing out there, so I looked up the website see to see how far it was from LA: 130 miles east! Although they have a great roster of bands playing every night of the week, unfortunately, it is a little too far to catch a show and then make it to work in the morning!
Victor and I took a little weekend trip out to the dessert back in June. We visited the Integratron for a rejuvenating "sound bath" and then headed to Pappy and Harriet's for lunch. It's located in Pioneertown, CA, a small town in the Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree with a population of 350. The town was a started as a Old West movie set that had some housing for the actors. They still do some "old west" reanactments on the weekends (the cast were doing a run through of their lines when we were there). Pretty easy to find, you take Pioneertown Rd off of Twentynine Palms Highway...there is not much out there, so when you happen upon the town, you know it! Back to our lunch, I had a veggie burger (this still California after all) and Victor had a grilled chicken sandwich. Both were tasty, big portions and great prices...so if you find yourself out in the Yucca Valley, definitely make time to swing by Pappy and Harriet's in Pioneertown. If you go for a show, you may want to consider booking a room at the little motel they have so you can have a beer or two and not worry about driving back to main highway.