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Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse Restaurant Review: With its roots firmly sprouted from the casual dining sector (its late founder was Don Callender of Marie Callender’s fame), Babe’s, located at The River in Rancho Mirage, consistently delivers barbecue favorites. Beyond the gigantic brass swine is the aroma of roasting meat, which sets Babe’s apart from its competitors. Instead of bathing the pork, chicken and beef in sweet and sour sauces or dousing them with rubs, flavor is derived during the smoking process. The result is tender pulled pork, smoky chicken sandwiches, and savory Texas-style tri-tip. Pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s signature brewed beers, which are also found on the beer lists of local restaurants. Vegetarians will find the salads and pizzas to their liking. Don’t pass on dessert; after all, the founder comes from a pie-making pedigree, so the apple, blackberry and peach pies are worth every calorie.