Details

Surfside

2444 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007

202-337-0004

Neighborhood: Glover Park

Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican, American

Opening Hours:
Open daily 11 AM to midnight.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted

Website: http://www.surfsidedc.com

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.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

100 Best Restaurants 2009: Surfside

No. 97: Surfside

Cuisine: Fajitas, quesadillas, and some of the best tacos in town are done with freshness and flair. Limes and pineapples sizzle on the grill, the guacamole is made with extra-virgin olive oil, and the ginger beer is imported from Bermuda. David Scribner, who presides behind the “open line” in a spotless chef’s coat, prepares much of the fare himself. Check the specials board for his more ambitious dishes.

Mood: A come-as-you-are hangout crammed with prepsters downing margaritas. Whirring ceiling fans and a beachy mural make it feel like summer year-round. When the weather does warm up, the upstairs deck is a nice hideaway.

Best for: Fast, healthy dinners (the craft-your-own salad selection is excellent); fast, indulgent dinners (the lime sour cream is deliriously good); takeout.

Best dishes: Guacamole; tacos overstuffed with shrimp and pineapple or grilled fish and corn salsa; vegetable quesadilla filled with mushrooms and spinach; steak quesadilla to be dunked in lime sour cream; salads with green-goddess or honey-peanut dressing; grilled fish of the day with gingery green curry; scallops with cider brown-butter, a Scribner signature that occasionally shows up as a special.

Insider tips: Burritos are skippable—they’re more starchy than spicy. The cheap fare makes for great takeout, and the restaurant now offers curbside pickup service.

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Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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