In a gastropub, cuisine takes on equal importance to beer and wine, just as in an independent film, where acting takes on equal importance to explosions and car chases ending in explosions. Buck the trend with today's Groupon to The Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $32, you get a gastropub meal for two (up to a $75 value). The meal includes:
- Any two entrees (up to a $19.50 value each)
- Any two drinks (up to an $18 value each)
- For $60, you get a gastropub meal for four (up to a $158 value). The meal includes:
- Any four entrees (up to a $19.50 value each)
- Any four drinks (up to an $18 value each)
- Any one dessert (up to an $8 value)
Amid modern furnishings and antique light fixtures, The Rockefeller's patrons peruse a menu of gourmet sandwiches, reinventions of classic dishes, and 33 distinct brews. Plunge into the Rockefeller burger's patty of USDA Prime ground chuck and bistro steak draped in aged grafton cheddar, sherry-balsamic ketchup, and Maille Dijon mustard. Ahi-tuna tacos bundle succulent morsels with shaved cabbage, roasted tomatillo and tomato salsa, and a subtle cilantro crema for a fish taco more festive than a piñata's birthday party. Weekends bring brunch loaded with egg dishes, oysters Rockefeller, and a range of teas and specialty espressos. Every meal is crowned with desserts such as rich toffee cake and homemade chocolate mousse. The bar's local and international arsenal of 33 beers and 22 wines includes highlights such as the Septima malbec and the South African La Capra chenin blanc.
The Rockefeller's skylit patio is sheltered by rustic stone columns carved in the likeness of patrons' mothers, and plush blue booths and wood-lined walls line the interior. Hanging bulbs reveal their glowing filaments to the blushing marble bar, and an antique wooden trough hangs from the ceiling to shed light on modern leather stools.
Though the name of their business venture has been synonymous with finery and prestige for more than 100 years, the chefs at The Rockefeller never stop looking for ways to add even more weight to the name. Specializing in artisanal pub eats, the chefs whet appetites with fresh, briny oysters, which often serve as a savory prelude to braised-short-rib tacos or apricot-enriched duck confit. Inventive yet selective, the culinary magicians also infuse waffles with bits of bacon, topping each creation with fried chicken and pads of clover-honey butter. Pair any of these eats with any one of the bar’s 24 craft brews on tap and there’s bound to be some magic or nonmagic belches in the air.
Not to be outdone by the back-kitchen specialists, the servers claim domain over a setting that’s as quietly elegant as the offerings on the menu. A stone-pillared, covered patio with skylights contrasts the rich wood tones of the indoor dining room, with both spaces primed for special events that range from the no-frills 99-cent gourmet-burger days to wine Wednesdays. The space also plays host on Thursdays to cult-movie nights, an especially appetizing event for those who enjoy the taste of cheesy celluloid.