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Home At Last!: Lunch at Surfas Cafe

Dommy! | Jan 13, 200604:03 PM

A few months ago, I had my first trip to Surfas… detailed here…

Yeah… I was a little disappointed on that initial trip. But since then I’ve started living part time in West L.A. and I’ve taken more trips. And each trip and now the new expansion, I’ve discovered some cool finds and have come to like it more and more! :) But still, I wasn’t in LOVE with the store like I thought I would be… that is…. until today when I went to go check out the new Surfas Café!!

Walking up the new building, I saw they had several cute little iron tables out. Each had a little vase in the center with a fresh Tulip. VERY pretty! But it looked a bit off since they were just out there in front of the store and that no one was even using them. It would have been nicer if they had designed a courtyard into the new building so the diners feel more protected and separate… Oh well..

I walked inside large open café (No tables inside), my head began to spin!! There were lots of cases. Cases of baked cookies, Cases of pastries and ready made sandwiches, Cases of bottled soft drinks and lastly… and most WONDERFUL, a case of Cheese and Meats ready to be sliced to order!!! My entire time there was a big wheel of Humboldt Fog teasing me, with the most perfect runny ring and creamy center… ACK!! And it was 2 Bucks cheaper a lb than at the Cheese Store of BH!!! ACK!!!

But I was there for lunch… and after seeing me gawk at everything one of the nice workers gave me a menu… And I wanted EVERYTHING… The Sandwiches included Neuske Smoked Beef with Caramelized Onion, Maytag Blue Mayo on Rosemary Olive Bread. There was a Filet Mignon Chili topped with Fiscalini Gold Cheddar Cheese and Crispy Honey Polenta Croutons… an Asian Duck Salad… Sausage Sandwiches… Mac and Cheese with your choice of toppings!!!

And don’t let these fancy ingredients fool you… the prices were NOT insane… they were just slightly more (~1.00) than you would pay for a crummy sandwich at the Corner Bakery…

With my mind absolutely BOGGLING, I took the easy way out and ordered the special… and boy, was it special… It was Angus Pastrami with Raclette Cheese, Kruegermann’s Sauerkraut and Horseradish Mayo all on Rye Bread… $7.95

The sandwich as I mentioned, was refrigerated and premade. But they then take it and put it on a flat pannini press. This gave it life as the flavors melded together wonderfully. Although the Pastrami and Rye were not as Flavorful as what is dished out at Langers, their subtle qualities allowed the cheese and sauerkraut (One of my favorite things on EARTH and a brand I had been dying to try since tasting the Kruegermann’s pickles Jerome recommended!) also to shine. All in all, it was one might FINE sandwich… The sandwich came with a little containers of sweet pickle chips and a their home made Granola (Which I am saving for tomorrow morning with my yogurt! :))

I also ordered a fresh made Italian Soda, of Ginger Lemon and Thyme. It was WONDERFUL, although they put a BRICK of ice in the cup, be sure to ask them to go light on the ice! And to end off the meal, a Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie, which was yummy, but not as good as some Homemade Cookies I’ve had of late ($1.95) and a Lavender Lemon Bar ($2.25), which was PHENOMINAL. It looks funny a Lemon bar with little bits of lavender sprinkled on top, but when you bite into it, the HERBAL Lavender flavor plays so well of the TART lemon Curd… I also got a little sample of their Crystallized Ginger Topped Chai Brownie ($2.25) while waiting for my order… yum… yum… yum…

It all was packaged WONDERFULLY with the fanciest looking disposable silverware I’ve ever seen (It actually looked silver and I had a hard time throwing it away! LOL!!)

All in all… I can’t wait to get back! To try that Chili, Or that Roast Beef Sandwich… oooo and the Mac N Cheese… Their menu is also seasonal (I got the Winter Menu!) so I’m sure things will be changing soon! :)

When I began spending my extended time on the Westside I worried about feeling at home. Especially as a cook. I grew up around 99 Ranch and Cardenas. Not Whole Foods and Surfas… But in giving it a shot, I’ve come to discover the absolute DEALS at Surfas (their golden brown sugar is AMAZING and cheap and I love their plastic containers!) and now the with the great café where I can get my Cheeses for a steal too… between that and discovering the Gigante right off the 405 on Century… It’s truly starting to feel like a place I can call home… :)


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