Great Takeout: Surfside
Comments () | Published December 4, 2008
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Surfside
Address: 2444 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-337-0004
Neighborhood: Glover Park
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican, American
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 AM to midnight.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Guacamole; Nevis tacos (corn tortillas with grilled shrimp and pineapple-jalapeƱo salsa); grilled fish tacos with bean-and-corn salsa and lime sour cream; make-your-own salads with outstanding green-goddess or honey-peanut dressing; Acapulco quesadilla wi
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.95 to $7.95; main courses, $7.95 to $18.95.
Up-and-coming chef David Scribner seems to be always on the move. When he closed his Spring Valley restaurant, Dahlia, last year, many wondered where he (and his famed seared scallops with brown butter) would surface next. A Cali-Mex hangout in Glover Park isn’t where we’d have guessed, but no matter: Scribner’s carryout-friendly menu of tacos, burritos, salads, and fajitas has us hooked.

The generous serving of guacamole ($7.95) is on the chunky side but fresh and full of limey punch. And though there are no scallops, the overstuffed fish tacos ($9.95)—grilled hunks of the fish of the day dolloped with lime sour cream and cabbage—are some of the best around. It’s also hard to pass up shrimp tacos ($9.95), which get a kick from pineapple-jalapeño salsa and cilantro. How long will Scribner stick around behind the snack-bar-style counter? Who knows, so get these tacos while you can.

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