Pappy & Harriet’s is a honkytonk, barbecue roadhouse, restaurant and a music venue near Joshua Tree National Park in Pioneertown, California. In 1946, a group of filmmakers built a Western style movie set in the high desert 25 miles north of Palm Springs, California for the cowboy actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Production designers decorated the facades of “Main Street” with a Western saloon, bank, chapel and a cantina. Pioneertown and its cantina were used in more than 50 films and television programs throughout the 1940s and 1950s including The Cisco Kid and Judge Roy Bean. In 1972, the building was developed into a cantina.
Janine and I had heard about Pappy and Harriet’s for some time and finally made the drive. It is out of the way, but well worth it. We have both eaten ribs all around the country, and by far, these were some of the best ribs we have ever eaten. We also shared a buffalo burger that was cooked perfectly. This cantina is such a funky place with such good food that it is almost worth the two-hour drive from SoCal to the desert just to eat here.