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Late-Night Taco Stand Surfside Is Opening Not One But Two New Shops Next Year

The homegrown eatery is expanding to Tenleytown and the Wharf

An extra cheesy quesadilla at the 24-hour Surfside in Dupont Circle.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Ten years after Surfside first brought its gourmet tacos and margaritas to D.C., restaurateur Bo Blair is ramping up expansion plans by opening at least two more locations next spring.

Blair recently signed a lease for a new Tenleytown spot at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, he tells Eater. Another deal is close to being closed at the Wharf across from the historic Maine Avenue Fish Market. Blair says both locales are expected to open in April 2019.

The budding beach-themed brand got its start in Glover Park in 2008, later tacking on a walk-up, 24-hour taco stand in Dupont Circle in 2015 that draws massive lines after last call.

Along with tacos stuffed with crispy pork pastor, fried chicken, and mahi mahi, to name a few, its Tex-Mex menu includes burritos, chips and salsa, guacamole, and quesadillas. Getting drunk on a budget at its Glover Park location is also doable, with bloody marys available for under $5 at brunch, and half-price pitcher specials offered during the week.

The Tenleytown location will stay open around the clock to cater to surrounding American University students, and the Wharf will be a stand — similar to the setup of the Dupont Circle location.

Blair’s Georgetown Events restaurant group also runs Due South, Millie’s, The Bullpen, and Jetties.


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