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The Rockefeller Gastropub Happy Hour in Hermosa Beach.

By: Maren Swanson • August 5th, 2017

The Rockefeller Gastropub in Hermosa Beach.

I’m a West Hollywood hood gal. However, since I’ve been working in Manhattan Beach once a week, I’ve started to try new restaurants in the beach towns, my lastest being The Rockefeller gastropub. They have 2 locations close to each other, one in Manhattan Beach and one in Hermosa Beach, so if you happen to be meeting someone at one of the 2 spots, make sure you clarify which one first. If choose the wrong like I did, don't stress out. It should take you less than 10 minutes to re-locate to the Hermosa Beach spot.

Both Rockefeller locations look very similar and each one has an inviting patio, usually packed right at 5pm for their happy hour. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s hard to beat that perfect ocean breeze on an otherwise 90 degree plus day near the city.

The Rockefeller Happy Hour in Hermosa Beach.
The Rockefeller Happy Hour in Hermosa Beach.

I met up with The Food Pervert on a Thursday evening for a girl’s night out of fun and food. We started out at the Rockefeller in Hermosa Beach and once I hurriedly made it to my seat (late from going to the wrong one, remember?), we dove into ordering, starting with some wine and happy hour snacks. Two immediate standouts were the Red Snapper Ceviche and the Allagash Queso.

The ceviche was piled high with Pacific Northwest Snapper, vegetable confetti, avocado, pineapple, and a sweet thai chili drizzle. The fish was light, fresh, plentiful and accompanied with the right amount of citrus and veggie crunch. I would definitely come back for it!

Truffle Mac and Cheese at The Rockefeller.

The Queso, basically a rich cheese dish, is made with Allagash Craft Beer and is served with hot tortilla chips. I’m not normally a huge fan of cheese dips, but this one in thicker and the texture and has a slightly smoky undertone, plus it’s made with one of my favorite brews – bonus.

Another appetizer we enjoyed was the Truffle Mac and Chesse, and if you can believe it, it’s on happy hour menu ($6) and topped with large shavings of black truffle. Truffles at happy hour?? Swoon! The combo of queso and truffle mac and cheese may be too much for some, but we didn’t care. Go big or go home.

Lobster Stuffed Avocado at The Rockefeller.
Allagash Queso Dip at The Rockefeller
Street Tacos at The Rockefeller Happy Hour.

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