Astronaut cooks have made numerous attempts to wrangle hamburgers into space-ready meals, from dehydrated-pickle disks to vacuum-sealed burger bottles. Enjoy what our starry-eyed brethren never can with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Surf Burger on Quietwater Beach Road.
Surf Burger fries up a menu of made-to-order burgers crafted from fresh ground-chuck beef and a selection of savory sandwiches. The signature 1/3-pound patty surfs into waiting jaws on a kaiser roll lined with American cheese, onions, pickles, and a secret house-made sauce ($7.75). Chefs use cholesterol-free canola oil to fry each burger, a lighter method that ensures seafaring buoyancy with or without a board.
Pump heat directly to dwindling digestive fires on the Cajun pipeline sandwich, spicy sausage coated in chili, cheese, and grilled onions ($6.25). A shrimp-boat skewer filled with 10 seasoned shrimp ($9.50) reminds beach bums of evenings spent roasting edibles over beach bonfires, but without the painful moonburn. Parched diners can ride out on the sudsy tides of draft brews that come in domestic ($3.50) and imported ($4) varieties, or an arctic selection of frozen libations ($4.50+).
Surf Burger also serves breakfast fare, such as pancakes with bacon or sausage ($3.29) or the tortilla barrel, filled with eggs, cheese, and your choice of vegetables or meat ($2.79+).
Gulf Breeze News, Splash, and the Voyager all positively reviewed Surf Burger. Five Yelpers give the business an average of three stars, and 79% of Urbanspooners like it. More than 850 Facebookers like it.
Dave Bohannon had a simple idea for a restaurant: he wanted to open one by the water and craft a concise menu of uncomplicated, but immaculately prepared dishes. With this vision in mind, he and his wife Alice opened Surf Burger. She honed its decor with help from local artists, creating an interior where old beach-themed paintings line the walls and surf movies play against a soundtrack of island music. Not only do the couple and their children leave their mark on the eatery’s menu and interior decor, but on its guests, as well. They often venture from their respective posts to eat, chat, and get matching tattoos with diners, forging a sense of community and transforming one-time visitors into loyal regulars.
They bolster this friendly, low-key atmosphere with casual dishes such as burgers, chili dogs, and fish tacos, as well as sweet-potato fries and quarter-pound Cajun sausages inspired by down-home southern recipes. At a full-service bar, servers pour draft beers and blend frosty tropical cocktails, which arrive before customers seated in the beachy dining room or on the outdoor, dog-friendly deck.