Bucks County Herald

Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Two food trucks first, now a restaurant

Seafood, meat and pizza are the specialties

Lobster and shrimp sandwiches and tacos make up the “surf” part of the menu at Surf and Turf Kitchen in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska. Cheesesteaks and burgers are the “turf.”

Cindy Matos was working in finance on the West Coast when her brother-in-law called and asked if she wanted to come home to Pennsylvania and go into business running a food truck.

She did, and Surf and Turf food truck was born, serving lobster rolls and shrimp tacos (the surf) and cheesesteaks (the turf).

Five years later, there are two Surf and Turk trucks and a new restaurant, Surf and Turf Kitchen in Peddlers Village, Lahaska, opened by Matos and her fiancé, Mike Barlettano. A grand opening for the restaurant, which also will serve brick oven pizza, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27.

Along the way Surf and Turf was named one of the best food trucks for a wedding by NJ Bride magazine and one of the best food trucks in the U.S. by the Daily Meal. The truck also was among those invited to Peddler’s Village for summertime food truck events. The truck’s popularity led to the opportunity to open a restaurant in the village.

Matos said the surf-and-turf theme came from her brother-in-law’s love of New England and the lobster that is often on the menu there. On the trucks, and now at the restaurant, they serve four kinds of lobster rolls: warm with butter, mango and jalapeno; chilled with light mayo and spices; warm with lobster bisque and bacon; and as a “BLT”: buttered lobster with bacon, sun-dried tomato and truffle oil.

The lobster rolls are served New England-style on buttered, split-top rolls that have been gently warmed.

Seafood is a favorite of Barlettano, who left Wall Street to become a commercial fisherman before going into the food truck business. He helped expand the seafood menu at the Lahaska restaurant to include shrimp tacos and po’ boys, salmon burgers, fish and chips, fish tacos and a fried flounder sandwich.

The turf portion of the menu includes cheesesteaks, meatball parmesan, a bacon-onion burger and beef sliders. Vegetarians can choose from veggie burgers and tacos and a spicy tofu roll.

Pizzas range from the traditional with cheeses, seasonings and tomato sauce to the Italiano with mozzarella, sauce, sausage, onion, red pepper and prosciutto. Other pizzas include one with all vegetables, another with vodka sauce, and one topped with clams, bacon mozzarella, onion, red peppers and garlic.

Matos said the Surf and Turf menu has been well received everywhere it has gone, including festivals, the Jersey Shore, Tampa, Fla., and Peddler’s Village. “It’s the best thing ever,” she said.

Surf and Turf Kitchen will have delivery service from the Peddler’s Village restaurant and outdoor dining in warm weather. It’s located at shop 69, near the waterwheel and the center of the village.

Shop 69, Peddler’s Village
2400 Street Road, Lahaska

267-544-0326, Facebook

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Sandwiches $6.99-$15.99, pizza $9.99-$17.99.




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