by Judith Salkin
Jackalope Ranch, the popular barbecue restaurant in Indio, and The Chop House, newly relocated from Palm Springs, will share a special one-night-only menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
“We want our guests to have the opportunity to try something from both menus on this special night,” said Lee Morcus of Kaiser Restaurant Group, which owns Jackalope Ranch and The Chop House. “It gives us the chance to mix the fine dining options of The Chop House with the comfort food favorites of Jackalope’s menu. A cross-over like this won’t happen very often.”
Although the two restaurants occupy the same building, The Chop House and Jackalope Ranch offer two diverse menus. For Valentine’s Day only the special a la carte menu will offer the most popular items from both restaurants, from seafood, steaks and chops of The Chop House to the baby back ribs and BBQ chicken that Jackalope Ranch has built its reputation on.
In addition to seating in the beautiful, spacious dining rooms, seating will also be available under the stars on the Palapa, for those who prefer the twinkling lights of Mother Nature (and outdoor heaters for warmth).
Appetizers on the menu include a Classic Caesar salad with white anchovies and house-made dressing and a Wedge Salad with apple wood smoked bacon and blue cheese dressing, both for $10. Other appetizers include the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata salad with extra virgin olive oil and 12-year-old balsamic vinegar reduction or Lobster Bisque, both $14; Seared Sea Scallops with a reduction of yellow curry, coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger, $16; and four Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with house-made cocktail sauce, $19.
Entrée offerings include Twin Lobster Tails ($59); Whole Branzino, sea bass imported from the Mediterranean ($38); Prime Double-Cut Tomahawk Pork Chop ($35); Half an organic Jidori chicken ($29); BBQ Half-Chicken ($26); 14 oz. Prime Rib ($45) (usually only offered on weekends!); and the BBQ Baby Back Ribs, at $22.50 for a half-rack or $32 for a full rack.
Dessert choices for the evening are a deliciously sinful Chocolate Cappuccino Mousse Cake or New York-style Cheesecake, at $10 each.
The single menu for both restaurants will be served from 4:30 p.m. through closing and reservations are recommended.
Jackalope Ranch and The Chop House are located just east of Jefferson Street at 80400 Highway 111 in Indio. For reservations or information on both restaurants call (760) 342-1999 or go to thejackaloperanch.com.
The Chop House and Jackalope Ranch are owned by Lee Morcus of Kaiser Restaurant Group of Palm Springs. Morcus has been in the restaurant and hospitality business for his entire life, and for more than 25 years in the Coachella Valley.