Apparently we're all about lunch this week! We all know that grabbing a meal on Ocean Ave. is often fraught with ambling tourists, long waits, and minimal parking options, causing us to give up and retreat inland to less scenic eateries. But actually enjoying lunch or a sunset dinner on Ocean Ave. is actually quite lovely...I mean, why not actually spend time near the beautiful coast that us Angelenos usually take for granted? While Ocean Ave. is not nearly as much of a tourist trap as it used to be, and actually boasts a few blocks of respectable, staple restaurants, it is still difficult to ascertain which spots are the ones beloved by the locals. But with a location on Ocean Ave. that is a bit more off the beaten path, a locally-inspired fish-to-table menu, and a beautiful interior that is part beach-town joint, part modern-contemporary-hotspot, Herringbone is clearly a go-to for a local's lunch on Ocean Ave. They just launched a new lunch menu featuring $19 lunch boxes (which includes a very affordable salad + sandwich deal) and a Summer Happy Hour (that has no specific time limits), making this the perfect time to soak in those last few summery afternoons on Ocean. Can you say $1 oysters?
With high industrial ceilings, white marble table tops, plenty of greenery, and upside-down boat light fixtures, the space is definitely a contemporary, clean take on classic seafood-joint decor. The restaurant is surprisingly spacious, boasting a beautiful outdoor patio tailor-made for brunch parties and bridal showers alike.
Off of their "Summer Happy Hour" menu (which is seemingly every hour), we decided to begin with just a few oysters. For $1 oysters, they were pretty impressive. Chilled nicely and thankfully lacking any grit, they were crisp and tasty with the added lemon and cocktail sauce.
Another from their happy hour menu, the albacore sashimi is another fresh, seafood-centric bite. The creamy avocado and light, acidic (yet slightly sweet) ginger vinaigrette both went nicely with the buttery fish, which was finished off nicely with a bit of sea salt (though there could've been a bit less of it).
One of my favorites of the afternoon, the Albacore Poke was another nice cut of albacore bolstered by the creamy avocado and soy-spicy mayo sauce combination. Crisp nori chips added just the right amount of salt.
A great option for those looking for a light lunch that's still satisfying, the stone fruit salad was a summer-y combination of peaches, burrata, and smoked almonds. Though it could've used a tad more dressing, it was refreshing and tasty.
For something heartier, we definitely recommend the crab BLT. An indulgent blue crab cake between toasty, fluffy buns with tomato, avocado, bacon, and avocado, this sea-meets-land sandwich is perfect when you want a little taste of everything.
Overall, it was a really nice lunch. With tasty food, fresh seafood, and a beautiful space, Herringbone is definitely filling the void of a go-to seafood restaurant that locals can enjoy without the typical craziness of Ocean Ave.