Pacific Coast Magazine Fall/Winter 2017 - Page 44

Eight4Nine Bootlegger Tiki Artwork, bright pink accents and an eclectic mix of light fixtures bring to life the minimalist, modern white walls, tables and chairs at Eight4Nine, which opened in 2015 in Palm Springs’ first U.S. post office. The gallery-like space in the Uptown Design District fea- tures a main dining room, private rooms, a lounge and mountain view-patio where an eclectic lineup of West Coast-influenced modern American cuisine is served. Start with a roasted beet or pear salad or shoyu pork belly, then continue with poke, grilled scallops, bar- becued oysters, lobster mac and cheese, honey-glazed duck breast, grilled lamb flank steak salad, Willa Jean’s Fried Chicken or Marsala pork tenderloin, all made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. ( In a building that once housed Don the Beachcomber, a restaurant established back in the 1950s, the team behind popular Ernest Coffee opened Bootlegger Tiki in 2014. In fact, the bar and adjacent cafe— which serves Stumptown coffee and pastries in the morning then turns into a wine bar at night—share an outdoor patio and scenic moun- tain vistas. At Bootlegger, woven bamboo walls and pictures of hula girls accent the dimly lit space with a speakeasy vibe. The handcrafted tropical cocktails are as creatively named as they are tasty, with mon- ikers like Lost at Sea, Acid Drop, Islay Zombie and Paradise Lost. Drinks made with rum, gin, vodka, brandy, whiskey and mezcal are on the lineup including three variations of mai tai. Sip while you snack on a bowl of banana chips, beef jerky, Sriracha popcorn or flavored nuts. And, for the brave, punch bowls are available if that glass seems too small. ( Moxie Palm Springs ACQUA CALIFORNIA BISTRO The owners of the popular Lulu California Bistro, Jerry and Barbara Keller, recently opened a second “sister restaurant”: Acqua California Bistro at The River at Rancho Mirage. With views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Acqua California Bistro is located in the space once occupied by the Kellers’ first restaurant, Acqua Pazza, and most recently by B.B.’s at The River. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the extensive menu includes dishes like Meatloaf a la Arturo (named for the chef), ahi tuna on crispy won ton tostadas and hand-spun cotton candy. From a three- course Sunday brunch to a raw oyster bar, a vegetarian menu and a gluten-free menu that includes pizza and beer, this is a sure bet for picky guests. (acquaran- The Fox and Fiddle An upscale pub, offering bar favorites like fried pickles and calamari as well as Canadian dishes like poutine, The Fox and Fiddle opened in February at The River at Rancho Mirage shopping center. A wide range of British-style fare can be found on the menu, from a Scotch egg to fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and desserts like sticky toffee pudding. Diners can also choose from a selection of salads, flatbreads, burgers (including beef, turkey, lamb or portobello mushroom), sandwiches (turkey, roast beef, Cubano or BLT), nachos, chicken wings and, of course, beer, wine and hand- crafted cocktails. ( PC 44 PAC I FI C COAST PAC I F I CCOAST M AG.CO M te A brand-new rooftop bar and lounge, Moxie Palm Springs—situated above the new Broken Yolk Cafe on South Palm Canyon Drive—features views of downtown and the mountains beyond in a garden-like setting with faux grass floor, large stone fireplace and fire pit. Life-size games of Connect Four and Jenga are among the diversions outside, while live music is presented on an indoor stage Thursday through Sunday nights, and sports games are shown on eight big-screen TVs. Beer, wine and craft cocktails with names like Bramble Smash, The Palm Canyon and Brass Monkey are served alongside flatbreads, salads, bar bites including street tacos and grilled shrimp in a jicama taco shell, and larger plates of pulled pork nachos and cev- iche avocado stacks to share with friends while toasting a night on the town. (