After a hiatus in writing, I’ve decided to put pen to paper again on a topic that seems to devour every conversation. If I’m not eating, I’m talking about the food that I would be looking forward to eating. These days, I’m more akin to cooking which I think makes me a better food writer.
A friend of mine was recently scouting out a new and re-newed spot in Costa Mesa called The Scotchery for the best happy hour deal. The soap opera dish on this locale started off with a different name and under a different chef well known for working at a main stay steakhouse that rhymes with Bastro’s. Fast forward through the real housechefs of OC drama and herein lies The Scotchery. The menu thankfully remained unscathed from the ordeal.
Connie Ho who runs the place with her brother has a freckled smile and a twinkle in her eyes. The Scotchery has an open air feel with a modern interior. However, the best seats in the house are right at the cozy bar.
The happy hour menu has a select few dishes with $5 off the regular price and with $6 drinks. The house red was a zinfandel which was a bit too sweet to pair with any of the dishes. Instead, go for the signature sangria which is made with scotch. The drink is light, robust, and refreshing.
The bucket list menu item is the foie gras creme brûlée which serves as a double agent for a savory and yet sweet dish. One can’t seem to decide whether to start off a meal or to end one with this unique flavor profile. The bone marrow is equally not for the faint of heart. If you keep a close eye to those around the bar, you’ll notice that the regulars are waiting for the 5:30pm mark where the juicy Prime Burger is a mere $3 with the purchase of a drink. Order it with the truffle parmesan fries and you will be in foodie heaven with perhaps an instant toe curl or two. The burger is a steal and only available at the golden hour. A real and true happy hour indeed.
Meet me at the bar at The Scotchery Restaurant.