SAINT ROCKE – Hermosa Beach, CA
Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach has won the title of Best Live Music Venue in the South Bay by The Easy Reader for many years, including the past 6 years in a row.
If it’s a legendary national act or popular tribute act, everyone’s become accustomed to knowing they’ll find it Saint Rocke. That said, one of the few accolades that have alluded to them has been a reputation for great food, well, that’s about to change. Saint Rocke is finally serving up more than great music at their venue.
Not too long ago, club veteran Hugo Tellez was promoted to General Manager. A true feel-good story as Hugo started as a bar back at Saint Rocke nine years ago. Over time he worked hard and climbed the ranks, from bartender to manager and to now General Manager. He has a real determination for the success of the club and one of his projects he hoped to accomplish was revamping the menu.
The timing was perfect as owner Allen Sanford had just brought in a new Chef, Miguel Aliaga. Hugo sat down with Chef Miguel and the two worked on ideas to steer away from the reputation of typically frozen bar bites to actual fresh and tasty items that patrons can easily enjoy while waiting on or watching a live show.
Just recently, their hard work paid off and Saint Rocke held a private New Summer Menu Release Party. They had a couple of their alcohol vendors come by to show off some of their new signature cocktails along with some of the bar staff pouring one after another. The servers were slammed bringing out samples of all the new dishes for the lucky guests to try, with local entertainment providing some classic music to dine by. The event was a success but even more, the food was a huge hit!
Some of the new menu items that were a big hit included a Grilled Sausages plate, Homemade Empanadas (Beef, Chicken or Mushroom), Meat Spiedini’s (Beef Filet), Stuffed Dates, Margherita & BBQ Pizzas and a Fried Chicken Sandwich.
They even ramped up some of their existing selections, such as the Beef & Chicken Street Tacos, Rocke Burger, Angus Beef Sliders and the Caesar Salad by putting Chef Miguel’s delicious new touches on them.
Let’s not forget about those new drinks either. The Tophat Mule, Poison Apple, Roseberry Lemonade, Cucumber Martini and Captain’s Blood are some takes on signature classics like the Old Fashion and Cadillac Margarita.
With the launch party a success, the new menu rolled out a hit. People are ordering more food than before and more importantly, coming down earlier to enjoy a meal before a show rather than just showing up for the bands.
They’ve even brought back their weeknight Happy Hour. Now every Tuesday through Friday evening from when doors open at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM they feature great pricing on food and drinks. Including from the kitchen, for only $4.00 the Empanadas or Chicken Street Tacos and for only a buck more the Beef Street Tacos; for just $7.00 the Meat Spiedini’s, Chicken Wings or Angus Sliders and for $9.00 a whole Margherita Pizza. Plus $5.00 Draft Beers, Well Drinks & House Wine. Now you can unwind after work with some good food & drinks without spending much!
For me, it didn’t take long to find a few favorites that I seem to order every time I’m at Saint Rocke. My two go-to by far though seems to be the Meat Spiedini’s and the Grilled Sausages.
The Spiedini’s are two large pieces of Beef Filet, tender and juicy, prepared to order. They’re served with a tasty Chimichurri sauce and an order of Fries. Though on my current health kick I’ve been ordering it with sliced tomatoes instead of the Fries which also gives it a nice hint of acid.
The Grilled Sausages simply are just that, assorted sausages, grilled for that great flavor, then mixed with onions and molasses.
Every once in a while they’ll feature a Special that day or weekend so be sure to ask. My favorite since the debut of the new menu has been the Lamb Filet, then to my surprise, since I stay away from gluten, they featured a gluten-free pizza crust that was actually one of the best I’ve had. I’m hoping that becomes a monthly special.
I spend a lot of time at Saint Rocke, more importantly so do many people I know. Like many music clubs, this one had that stigma of the ol’ potato skins & jalapeño poppers, most never bothered to order food while there. Not only have things changed with Hugo and Chef Miguel at the helm, they continue to get even better. Give their new menu a try. Arrive early, relax and enjoy dinner or if running late to a show, ask for a menu while catching your favorite band. See what one of the great staff there have to suggest and add to your night out for an even better experience!
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254