Byron at the Surf Lodge
A super laid-back vibe and beachy-chic décor make this hotel one of F&W editors' favorites in the area. Australian chef Chris Rendell recently became executive chef at the hotel's restaurant and serves summery seafood dishes in a space that's a total throw-back to 70's surf culture and Bruce Brown's iconic Endless Summer movie. The hotel's 2,600 square-foot deck is a late-night hotspot and food destination: fish tacos, lobster tolls and Hawaiian plate lunches are served from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.