For many locals in the Tidewater area, Surf Rider is a name that has long been synonymous with terrific home-style cooking. In fact, Surf Rider first opened in May 1980 when Liz Massey and her son, Stanley Bennett, had an idea about serving up real home-style cooking. Together they would do it all- from cooking to serving to bussing and cleaning up. Mother and son built a restaurant that soon became a favorite spot for many, serving friendly fare.
One factor Chris credits to the Surf Riders’ successes are the many loyal, faithful employees they have had through the years. Many have moved up and onto positions of management at the various restaurants. In a way, the employees are like extended family-each taking a part in making sure the customers are happy and satisfied. The key to happy customers not only involves service, but in the great food at great prices. Seafood is a main feature on the menu, but one can also find hearty steaks, pastas, and chicken dishes too. On any given day, fresh fish is offered. Hand breaded seafood and made to order crab cakes are favorites, and the delicious assortment of homemade soups and vegetables keep the tables loaded with hungry patrons for both lunch and dinner. While generations of one family help keep the Surf Riders running smoothly, generations of satisfied customers keep coming back for more.