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Since being purchased by Donna Ray and her late husband Morgan in 1974, the Idle Spurs Steakhouse has garnered a reputation as one of the area's best upscale restaurants. Idle Spurs has been featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, and will be the subject of an upcoming documentary on the Discovery Channel.

Historic steak stop


BARSTOW • Morgan and Donna Ray purchased the Idle Spurs Steakhouse in 1974. For the last 40 years, the restaurant on Old Highway 58 has built a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in the High Desert.

The building, now known as Idle Spurs Steakhouse, functioned as both a business and a home for the original owners in the 1950s, Chuck and Jeannie O’Hara.

When the Rays bought the property from the O’Haras, it became known as the Idle Spurs Steakhouse. Four decades later, the restaurant has accumulated numerous awards and visits from famous people.

Cherie Krack, manager of the restaurant, said the Discovery Channel recently traveled to Barstow and filmed a special about Idle Spurs, which will debut on television in March.

“They were here in December and did a whole story on us,” Krack said. 

The restaurant has also been featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, a show in which food expert Adam Richman travels to eateries all around the world and tries to tackle the biggest dishes.

“You can watch that whole video on our website,” Krack said. “(Richman) describes our London Broil steak and does a really good job of it.”

The decor inside the restaurant sets a relaxing mood, with dimmed lighting, pictures of famous visitors adorning the walls and an atrium with skylights in the middle of the restaurant.

“We’ve got antiques, we’ve got all kinds of stuff everywhere here,” Krack said. “Our wall, most of the pictures on our wall are from the 70s right after they had first opened up.”

The Idle Spurs Steakhouse is open for dinner six nights a week, and for lunch Tuesday through Friday every week.

For more information or to make reservations at Idle Spurs Steakhouse, visit the website at or call 760-256-8888.

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