After over four years of planning and red tape dealings with the city of Pacifica, new restaurant and live music venue Surf Spot is getting close to open in the parking lot of Sea Bowl. Chef Derek Burns' vision grew out of a passion for surfing, running an events and consulting company, and his younger years cooking alongside the likes of Joyce Goldstein and reigning "seafood whiz" of the early 90's Elka Gillmore.
Burns' menu of small plates will highlight indigenous dishes from great global surfing destinations, like bisteeya from Anchor Point in Morocco, or sticky ribs from Waimea Bay in Hawaii. And for the locals and families, there will also be a seasonal menu of pizzas, sandwiches, crowd-pleasers like cioppino and such—all of it fired on one of the kitchen's many surfaces: a wood-fired pizza oven, wood-burning grill, or an open-fire rotisserie. The idea is to make everything affordable too.
Burns' business partners David Szeto and Tait Cowan have helped make the rest a reality. There's a huge 100-seat outdoor dining and live music venue with cabanas and five fire pits, even beach volleyball. Inside, there's a woodsy dining area to seat 80, with room for a reclaimed Redwood bar too. Now, for your hang-out, concert-listening, eating-out purposes—Surf Spot should officially hit the Pacifica dining scene on June 19th.