Hog's Breath Inn La Quinta
Mission Style Meets Hollywood Glam in Old Town La Quinta
Among The Hog’s many delicious California-style dishes are (clockwise, from bottom) the “Prime” Pork Chop on soft cheese polenta with asparagus and grain mustard sauce; the Honey Curry Glazed Pan-Seared Salmon over Basmati rice, asparagus, with a honey mustard sauce; and the colorful Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, toasted almonds, goat cheese and pomegranate seeds in a white balsamic vinaigrette. The Bentley Margarita with Sauza Tres Generacions, Cointreau, Grand Marnier and fresh squeezed citrus is the featured cocktail. Recommended wines are Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Alexander Valley; and Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay, 2011, Russian River Estate Bottled.
Photography: Jon Edwards
In 1999, when Clint Eastwood asked his good friend Kaiser Morcus to reopen the Original Hog — which the A-list actor-director-producer had owned for more than three decades in Carmel — the now 80-year-old patriarch of the Palm Springs-based Kaiser Restaurant Group jumped at the chance. And when, in 2004, the developers of Old Town La Quinta offered Morcus a choice spot on Main Street, the veteran restaurateur had the stroke of genius to retell his Northern California success story in this charming, set in Southern California, Spanishstyle village. Thus was the Desert Hog born.
This explains the murals, movie posters, and vintage Hollywood photos depicting Eastwood that pepper the walls throughout this warm, Southwestern-themed, second-story eatery that won both a Diner’s Choice Award from Open Table and a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2013. With the spacious saloon, rustically sophisticated dining room, private boardroom accommodating up to 36 people, and sun-drenched patio all offering stellar views of the Santa Rosa Mountains beyond and Old Town La Quinta Plaza below, guests are invited to recline, unwind, and savor the mid-to upper-level, all-American classics cooked up by seasoned Chef Gabino Reyes. See More...
Open daily: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., lunch till 3 p.m., happy hour 3-6 p.m.; dinner starts at 4:30 p.m.
Hog’s Breath Inn
78065 Main Street, Old Town La Quinta, CA 92253