Whiskey Nirvana

Known for unpretentious and innovative fare paired with an eclectic-mod atmosphere, the recently rebranded eatery Steak & Whisky American Tavern continues to offer mouthwatering steak with an exotic whiskey-back. 

Passionate about offering delicious, creative culinary experiences in a lively atmosphere, the Steak & Whisky American Tavern team believe in the magic that comes from sharing food with friends. Operating under the company name Blackhouse Hospitality Group, childhood pals Jed Sanford and Executive Chef/Owner Tin Vuong have opened five other successful establishments, most of which are in the South Bay, including Abigaile and Dia De Campo in Hermosa Beach, and Little Sister in Manhattan Beach and, most recently, Redondo Beach.

“The Prime New York Steak is always a favorite paired with Roasted Brussel Sprouts sprinkled with goat cheese and slab bacon,” shares Megan Nicholls, marketing spokesperson for Blackhouse Hospitality Group. The S&W Dry Aged Burger, meanwhile, is a classic hit that pairs well with the hot spot’s ever-popular Lobster Mac & Cheese. Other faves are the Lamb Osso Buco and Roasted Salmon.

Steak & Whisky American Tavern also serves the best spirits from around the world, offering whiskey nirvana for connoisseurs.

One will find exclusive distillers from Taiwan, Scotland, Japan and Ireland, to name a few. “Some of our favorite whiskeys include High West, WhistlePig, Boss Hog, Willett, Hakushu, Highland, and Kavalan,” says Nicholls.

Do not fear those who are not immersed in the whiskey culture, even the margarita lover may indulge in the Carrie Bradshaw Died in Mexico, a spicy el jimador cocktail. Craft beer drinkers and wine aficionados will also be right at home with a finely honed selection of each beverage type.

Uniquely, the concept offers a special spot for connoisseurs to stash one’s trove of whiskey. Establishing a whiskey locker concept at the locale, one can purchase a bottle from the bar to partake in at the moment and save the rest for another time.

“The idea is to buy a bottle and then diners can have our bartender make cocktails using your special whiskey (or other liquor) into cocktails of [their] choice for a small upcharge, or on the rocks for free,” explains Nicholls.

Designer decor at Steak & Whisky American Tavern evokes a sense of time and place. This venue is one of “classic Californio-Vaquero nostalgia with a coastal slant,” as Nicholls refers to it. This means rich in design with carefully curated elements: horse bits and Navajo blanket patterns nodding to the Western motif, with antlers, vintage coastal paintings and leather seating reflecting the classic California vibe. “The interiors came together with the help of interior designer Amanda Malson of Common Standard,” shares Nicholls.

Only three things are required for dining at Steak & Whisky American Tavern: a big appetite, powerful thirst, and an appreciation for a lively crowd. Cheers!

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BLACKHOUSE HOSPITALITY GROUP

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