Friday, July 12, 2013


3309 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa CA

Surfas Cafe is a hidden gem tucked away inside the Surfas Culinary District located in the fairly new SOCO shopping area.

Before you step into Surfas you will notice the walk way has imprints of many different kitchen tools.  Very cute!

If you walk in through the main door, turn to your right and you will see a large sign that says CAFE.  That is where you want to go.

You may get side tracked by all the wonderful items they sell though.  This place is like going to culinary Heaven.  You are sure to find whatever you are looking for and many things you had no idea you had to have.

They also have a cheese counter, a deli, an olive bar and they offer classes.  You must take some time to shop either before or after you your meal at the cafe.

If you don't want to explore the store (which I don't know why you wouldn't) you can walk right into the Cafe from outside.  Just look for the sign that says EAT and go through those doors.

The Cafe uses fresh produce from the weekly Farmers Market held outside in the parking lot every week.  They also use items sold in the store.

The menu for lunch is mostly salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza.

You order up at the counter.  The girl working there when I went was very helpful.  She explained the different items, told us the top sellers and helped us decide what to order.

Everything is freshly made so you will need to wait while your order is prepared and cooked for you.

You can sit inside or outside on the patio.

Timing is everything here.  When we got here there were a few people eating but we were able to order right away and get our food quickly.

However, we were there about 15 mins before the crowds started to pack in and a line formed quickly.  This place is popular for lunch.  My advice is to try to get there a little before noon or a little after to avoid the crowds.

My friend Claire ordered the Roasted Veggie Panini.  The cost was $7.95.

It is a sandwich of seasonal roasted veggies, humus, Fontina cheese and served on Kalamata olive bread.  Served with a side salad of greens and topped with some wonderful homemade pickles.

Claire said it was a very good sandwich and she would be happy to order this again.

I ordered the Cafe Surfas Tomato and Fig Panini.  The cost was $7.95.

It was roasted heirloom tomatoes (both red and yellow), marinade figs, taleggio cheese, pesto mayo and served on a roasted garlic bread.  This was also served with the green salad and topped with a vinaigrette dressing.

As I took a bite, fresh wonderful flavors exploded in my mouth.  The juicy tomatoes mixed well with the sweet figs and gooey warm cheese.  It was delicious.

The salad was a nice mix of greens and the homemade pickles they added are a lovely addition to the salad and kicks it up a notch  from just a normal green salad.

We both agreed this was a very good sandwich and would come back here again and again.

Surfas will surely become one of my regular lunch rotation spots.  The only thing I didn't like was they don't have diet coke there. 

I give Surfas Cafe 8 out of 10 silver spoons. 

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