With its frozen margaritas, reggae soundtrack, and wooden roof deck, this Glover Park hangout makes you feel closer to the beach than any other place in town. The Cali-Mex menu reads like it’s laid-back, too, but David Scribner is a serious chef who pays attention to the little things. There’s not a trace of fake cheese in the warm queso dip, and tortilla chips are freshly fried. Shrimp tacos feature plump, grilled crustaceans topped with house-made pineapple salsa and lime-infused sour cream.
Even the healthy stuff—ultra-fresh salads with toppings such as grilled salmon and grilled pineapple—is satisfying. For dessert, we like the chocolate-iced vanilla cupcakes from the bakery Something Sweet, run by the wife of Surfside owner Bo Blair.
Also good: Guacamole and chips; steak and veggie quesadillas; carnitas tacos.