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Last week, on a jaunt to the desert, S and I stopped for lunch at the Lazy Lizard Saloon in Ocotillo.


When we inquired about the menu, the woman behind the bar pointed to a hand-written sign that read, “Shredded pork, beans and cheese burrito $3.75.” Then she turned and pointed to a more permanent menu high above the bar and said, “Then we also have our microwave menu.”



S went for the burrito. I ordered a corndog ($1.75) from the microwave menu. We both also got a bag of chips ($1.50 each) and a Corona ($3.50 each).


The woman behind the bar turned out to be the owner of the saloon. Rose. She’s been in Ocotillo for 31 years and has owned the bar for 18. I did not ask but guessed that she’s also responsible for the pictures of half-naked cowboys and Chippendales calendar men hung on the walls of the ladies’ restroom.

The walls and shelves of the bar are adorned with all kinds of plastic, rubber, wooden, and taxidermied lizards. In the back corner of the room stands the Lazy Lizard himself, currently dressed up for Saint Patty’s Day.


Join the town of Ocotillo for their upcoming Road Kill Cookoff at the saloon in April. Or visit in October for the Testicle Festival, during which, yes, Rocky Mountain Oysters will be served. Both festivals benefit the local Optimist Club.

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tracer111 April 14, 2012 @ 10:27 a.m.

Thanks for writing about the "lizard". It is more than just a bar to this little town. It has hosted wedding parties, birthdays, retirements, wakes, and many fundraisers for this community. Rose and the regulars are always quick to lend a hand to those in need.


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