Enjoying the cuisine of another country can inspire people to someday travel there, where they will undoubtedly eat a cheeseburger and immediately come home. Save yourself the trouble with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at Surfrider Café.
Surfrider Café's chefs man a grill loaded with succulent Black Angus burgers, which servers pair with suds from the restaurant's brewery counterparts. The eatery's menu is resplendent with burgers such as The Indicator, stacked with bacon and slathered in barbecue sauce ($6.50) and nestling happily in a heap of sweet-potato or garlic fries ($0.75 extra) like a young Mr. Potato Head. Black Angus patties can be swapped out for veggie or turkey offerings. The french dip ($7.25), one of a range of sourdough sandwiches, flows with tributaries of jus and horseradish sauce, and coconut prawns ($13) pamper diners with tropical delights free of parrot barbershop quartets.
Surfrider Café brews beers under the monikers Boulder Creek Brewery and Santa Cruz Brewery to fill a drink menu frothy with house brews such as Redwood Ale ($5/pint) and Dragons Breath IPA ($5/pint).
The chefs at Surfrider Cafe don't need to look far for inspiration. Beyond a menu of entrees made from local, sustainably grown ingredients, the restaurant also serves craft beers from its own Santa Cruz microbrewery, Boulder Creek Brewery. Veggies such as panko-breaded artichoke hearts find their way into appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers. Desserts range from housemade brownies to organic peanut-butter chocolate pie. Furthering its commitment to the community, Surfrider Cafe contributed more than $25,000 to local schools and nonprofits from 2011–2013.