Surf Bar, located slightly off the main drag of Center Street on 103 W. Cooper Ave., is a laid-back dive hangout wreathed in beachy décor serving up tasty pub grub and hosting outstanding live music weekly. They are open for dinner Monday-Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays, with indoor and outside dog-friendly covered deck seating. Their menu is limited, consisting of just a few items, but the basic offerings their kitchen does prepare are worth your attention. They also mix it up with delectable daily food specials, which might involve creative twists on one of their originals or a new item not listed on the regular menu.
Surf Bar is most known for their killer cheesesteak sandwiches like the Philly Cheese Steak and the Chicken Filly Cheese, draped in peppers, onions, and sharp white cheddar. Add jalapenos, mushrooms, and/or bacon for a pittance. Even customers hailing from Philadelphia have given props to Surf Bar’s version, which holds up to the gold standard. It’s a favorite to enjoy while swigging on their signature drink, the Pain Killer.
Another popular item is the Wood Grilled ½ lb. Burger piled high with lettuce, tomato, and onion, cheese, and bacon available for a small added cost. You can also switch out the burger for a chicken patty and go the Wood-Grilled Chicken Sandwich route. Couple either selection with Surf Bar’s uplifting Mojito (rum mixed with muddled mint and fresh-squeezed lime juice) and feel the stresses of your day begin to subside.
Or try their fabulous Ahi Tuna Tacos, blackened, sear-grilled tuna steak wrapped in a blanket of flour tortillas and layered with roasted corn salsa, shredded lettuce, and sesame seeds, all drizzled in a teriyaki ginger glaze.
Vegetarian options include their scrumptious Black Bean Burger topped with Havarti, roasted red pepper mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, and Greek and Caesar salads.
Surf Bar’s appetizers feature quintessential bar food items like Surf Bar Wings, available in distinctive flavors such as Beach Wings (butter and Old Bay) and Teriyaki. Or nibble on a basket of fries or their thin and crunchy beer-battered onion rings while hoisting a frosty pint of one of their five rotating beer drafts. If you’re feeling hipster chic, cheap PBRs drafts are always an option. They offer bottled domestic and import beers, alcoholic seltzers, and a small wine list as well.
Choose the lighter and healthier side of their appetizers by ordering Hummus & Pita; a roasted red pepper chipotle basil hummus spread served with cucumbers and carrots.
Surf Bar’s year-round music lineup, boasting local, regional, and nationally touring acts, will only serve to enhance your meal. Visit their website for an upcoming schedule of bands.
Surf videos always play on their television screens, complementing the chill vibe, and surf photos and dollar bills adorn the walls. Should you want to leave your mark on Folly and commemorate the experience, scribble a message and/or an illustration on one of your dollar bills and affix it to their walls.
Their outdoor seating area houses a fireplace for patio patrons to keep you warm and comfy during the cooler months.
Fine dining Surf Bar is not, but for above-average bar fare, personable service, and jovial times in a relaxed, funky setting, it’s a winner, winner, chicken filly cheesesteak dinner.