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Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brew House

Address : 71800 CA-111, Rancho Mirage, California 92270

PHONE : 760-346-8738

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Lucky Callender was only 8 years old when his late father, Don Callender, the legendary restaurateur and founder of the iconic Marie Callender’s chain, opened Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in 2002. But his memories of watching his dad interact with loyal customers, test family recipes, and create a line of craft beers have stuck with him. Now it’s Lucky’s turn to carry on the family legacy and steer Babe’s into the future. “It’s like coming home for me,” he says of taking over the restaurant last year. “My dad was really passionate about Babe’s, and here I can walk in his shoes, work with people who knew him, grow the brewery, and take the restaurant to the next level like he would have wanted.”

The bustling venue, with signature bronze pigs, custom artwork, and cowhide-covered chairs, recently got a refresh. Soon they will add a larger bar area with communal seating to match the new craft cocktail program and menu of innovative, sharable plates (like a lobster-laced mac and cheese, curd-topped pulled pork poutine, and multicolor heirloom tomato and Burrata salad).

Many Babe’s classics remain as popular as ever, including the baby back and St. Louis ribs smoked over hickory and pecan woods; a beefy brisket burger on brioche; craft-beerbattered fish and chips; and those famous pies, a throwback to the Marie Callender days.

Then, of course, there’s the beloved beer, with several brews stemming from the same recipes Don Callender came up with years ago. Lucky — an avid homebrewer — will continue to add new, seasonal offerings to the lineup that includes the award-winning Belgian Vanilla Ale, Blackfin Lager, and Honey Blonde Ale. As for how his dad would feel about Babe’s next chapter, Lucky says: “I know he would be pretty excited about it.”