By Denise Ortuno-Neil

Murph’s Gaslight in Bermuda Dunes, famous for off the chart delicious Pan Fried Chicken, is now serving breakfast on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 9am to 1pm.

Nowadays, if you stop by Murph’s Gaslight on a Saturday morning, the bar is full, lined with a community of patrons enjoying comradery, easy styled breakfast items and a drink or two.

The restaurant started back in 1976, inspired by Ralph Murphy, and has actually been the go to place for “The” best Pan Fried Chicken in the desert. And speaking from someone who really never liked Fried Chicken, I can honestly say that their Pan Fried Chicken has turned my taste buds around and now I crave the stuff….well at least their stuff. Succulent and golden fried to perfection in old Southern tradition, their recipe has been high on the menu of Pan Fried Chicken connoisseurs for over 40 years.


Murph’s Gaslight sits next to Bermuda Dunes airport, and has a mixed cliental of mature desert dwellers, tourists and families. It used to be a place where pilots would hang out back in the day between flights, complete with a swimming pool and tennis courts. The area is slightly quirky, but that’s what makes the unincorporated city so inviting; Bermuda Dunes basically beats to its own drum.

Owner Josh Rush, continues to keep up the tradition of this Coachella Valley treasure, and has recently added some new additions to the menu, including serving breakfast on the weekends. The decision to add breakfast came when the Indio location of Cactus Jacks, another desert restaurant institution, closed down. The closing of the location meant that their hungry breakfast crowd would need a new place to get their day going, so Rush extended his menu to accommodate the cliental, which the two restaurants share.

Murph’s breakfast items include morning favorites such as Eggs with choice of breakfast meats, Eggs Benedict, Omelets, Pancakes, Biscuits and Gravy and even Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs. Their highlighted morning special is the Bloody Mary Breakfast, which consists of 3 eggs, sausage, bacon or ham, toast and home-style potatoes with of course, an eye-opening Bloody Mary, all for only $11.99. They do have the Bloody Mary on its own as a morning special for only $4.25 and Mimosa’s for $5.00.

In addition to offering weekend breakfast, Murph’s Gaslight has also created some other specials that can be enjoyed in the bar area. On Monday’s and Thursdays, it’s the Pub Burger and Fries special for only $7, on Tuesday’s it’s Taco time, three for $6 (chicken, beef or fish) and on Wednesday night’s get their awesome Chicken Wings for 75 cents each….and if you’ve had their wings before, you can appreciate what a deal it is.

With an inviting neighborhood hangout feel, Murph’s Gaslight in Bermuda Dunes is a great place to have phenomenal Pan Fried Chicken, and now even a relaxing weekend breakfast. Murph’s Gaslight is located at 79-860 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, 92203. For more information visit

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