Ask the Concierge! (or the next best thing)

Food, Hotels, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By chrisallsop on April 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

The concierge is the man in the know, the fixer, a hotel’s go-to guy. Huntington Beach’s boutiquey Shorebreak Hotel has no concierge, but it does have Rich Troiani, director of Food and Beverage, whose title sounds like he holds sway over everything tasty. So we asked this wise and powerful man a few questions about the choicest drinking and eating spots in Surf City USA.

Where do you send visitors when they want to have a drink in the neighborhood of your hotel? RA or Duke’s. RA in particular is hip and fast paced, great with a group of friends to enjoy sushi and Sapporo.

Where to take a date? Duke’s or the Hyatt or Café Allessa. Duke’s is a friendly spot with an amazing setting – classic Hawaiian inspired seafood favorites and cocktails. Cucina Alessa is a charming neighborhood place, comfortable, with good Italian favorites that you can count on and a nice Chef-Owner feel to the room. It also has a huge wine list, much of which is available by the glass and with some great values.

Rich Troiana, Shorebreak Hotel's director of Food and Beverage

Girls’ night? Black Bull. It’s a great dance place, very high-energy and always busy. They even have a mechanical bull! Crazy atmosphere for a girls’ night out.

Guys’ night? Sharkeez or Fred’s. Sharkeez is one of the most happening places downtown. Great stiff drinks, jello shots and more. Free chips-n-salsa! Fred’s has great views of the Huntington Beach pier and ocean, very lively with classic rock music playing overhead.

Where can people go for a good local vibe? HB Brewery or the Longboard Pub. The former has great beer made in-house and a classic American menu. There’s also an outdoor patio, great for a relaxing night on the town. Longboard’s also has a great beer selection (though they don’t make their own).

Where do you like to go out? Coach’s, Mangiano Gelato and Duke’s. It has great Mediterranean food and a very laidback/relaxed atmosphere. Mangiamo Gelato makes all of their own Italian ice cream daily, with more than 100 flavors to choose from. Great after dinner spot, or a place to stop while out for a walk.