The surfer-friendly town of Pacifica is known for beaches and scenic bluffs, not restaurants. pamf says the newly opened Surf Spot is a step in the right direction. The owners installed a custom wood-fired oven and rotisserie, while the full bar and interesting wines by the glass encourage patrons to linger as the fog rolls in.
The menu has a section that pays homage to surfing destinations around the world, like Waimea Bay (kalbi sticky ribs in a sesame-soy marinade) and Uluwatu, Bali (jukut urab, a dish of vegetables with grated coconut). The locals section is grounded in classics, such as porchetta, burgers, pizza, and artichoke soup.
pamf split a Caesar salad and a pizza. The salad was "a nice take, lightly dressed, with two large Parmesan crisps." While the pizza's crust was blistered and crisp, the overall texture and flavor weren't quite there yet; maybe the cooks just need to get more accustomed to their oven.
"Definitely the best pizza you are going to get in Pacifica, but it will need some work to compete with the big names in the City," pamf concludes. The Surf Spot already has the right balance of polished and casual, comforting and adventurous, plus it's affordable for both locals and visitors.
The Surf Spot [Peninsula]
4627 Coast Highway, Pacifica