It's no secret that cities all across the Bay Area have been riding the tech boom for several years. San Francisco and Oakland have been opening up restaurants and bars right and left, and Napa and Sonoma across the Golden Gate Bridge will always be must-eat areas.
Looking south, most visitors to the Bay Area probably think of only Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz, or possibly a longer trip to Monterey and Carmel. Many will zip right through the sleepy suburb of Pacifica, one of the foggiest towns in the Bay Area.
But, turns out, Pacifica is starting to boast more and more restaurant and bar choices, too, and the place at the top of the list has to be Devil's Slide Taproom.
Devil's Slide Taproom in Pacifica — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Named after the treacherous slice of Highway One that had a tendency to slide into the Pacific during heavy rainstorms, Devil's Slide Taproom is the brainchild of local residents Shane and Teresa Nolan. They knew about all the great bars and restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and many other places in the Bay Area and decided, "Why not Pacifica?"
The fun of a taproom, as opposed to a brewery, is that the owners get to pick, choose and rotate whatever beers they like the most.
Devil's Slide Taproom focuses on West Coast beers, ranging from an American Amber Ale by Ballast Point Calico (out of San Diego) to a Vienna Lager by 21st Amendment (a beloved brewery in San Francisco.)
And while some taprooms might offer a hot dog or fries on their menu, this is California, where what we eat is just as important as what we drink. Don't pass up a chance at enjoying their namesake dish – the Devil’s Slider – which is a spice-rubbed, slow-cooked pork shoulder in house barbecue sauce with house-made coleslaw.
Devil's Slider and fries — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
For those who might not be into beer and/or meat, you might try the Caprese salad, with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and a balsamic reduction drizzle.
Pair that with a modest but impressive wine list compiled by Teresa Nolan's parents, who live in the heart of wine country and know most of the vintners personally.
Pacifica seemed as starved for a taproom as the Nolans anticipated: the restaurant is expanding into a tattoo parlor next door.
Get ahead of the wave of customers that are sure to swamp this wonderful spot, and head to Devil's Slide Taproom today. You'll be glad you took the time to stop in Pacifica.