Pappy & Harriet's
A Pioneertown classic. Located about 25 mins from Joshua Tree NPS, this old western bar/restaurant has excellent food, fun cocktails, and a Wild West atmosphere. On some weekend nights they do live music. During the day they have a large outdoor seating area for outdoor dining.
The menu consists of a mix of southwestern Mexican, burgers, salads, and bbq. They’re famous for their bbq, so I recommend trying it. Everything is delicious. The cocktails are also super good. My favorite is the Cactus Flower, but really, they’re all delicious.
They don’t take reservations, but if you’re visiting on a weekday, you probably won’t have to wait long. They have an area at the back of the restaurant where you can sit and wait for your table with drinks you’ve ordered from the bar. I went on a Friday around 2pm, they told us the wait would be 30 minutes, and it was 10. On the weekends, waits will be longer, especially at peak hours.