A visiting friend wanted to hit Surfas before going back to the Bay Area, partly because he'd been asked for a report on the food at their cafe, so he said he'd buy my lunch if we could go there. That's about twice as much incentive as I needed to make the trek from Pasadena, so we hit the road. After about 45 minutes of shopping in the store, we put our loot in my car's cooler and went in to see what was on the menu. I'd already decided I wanted to try their buffalo burger, as part of my ongoing quest for the best Bistro Burger I can find. Well, it doesn't come with fries, and in the time it took between order and pickup I could probably have hunted down and butchered the buffalo myself, but one bite and all was forgiven. I'm beginning to think that ciabatta and panini are the best possible breads to wrap a burger in, and this had the latter, plus tomato, onion and arugula. My friend and I had both chosen cheddar cheese and harissa mayonnaise over blue cheese and horseradish mayo, though I'd like to try that sometime, and the meat was done to a perfect medium-rare even though we hadn't thought to ask. Very juicy and beefy, lovely balance of flavors, the bread tender to the bite but holding together as it should. I just wish they'd given me a pile of those odd but enchanting pickles instead of a meagre two.
Anyway, $8.95 without fries is roughly equivalent to $12 with, so this very good and flavorful burger is, in its class, both an excellent example and a bargain. Go try it yourself!