We recently celebrated Kristina’s 26th birthday at Searsucker. This was our first visit.
We have long been Brian Malarkey fans, both through his cookbooks and his success at Oceanaire, a favorite seafood destination for the our family and site of Kristina’s 25th birthday celebration. Our visit to Searsucker started with some great drinks, like the “Dirty Girl”, a gin and cucumber cocktail with a spicy twist, and incredible cheese popovers. Our appetizers included the octopus with saffron aioli, brie with blackberry preserves, shrimp with bacon grits, artichoke hearts prepared as a dip with greyere cheese: all fascinating presentations and flavorful palate teasers.
Our entrees included the local halibut; whole chicken with “peas and carrots” smoked corn; filet with lobster butter and cognac; tuna with proscuitto, basil and a balsamic glaze and the scallops “baja”. Kristina had to send back the scallops as they were very “rubbery” and were a huge disappointment to the birthday girl. The entrees were generally good, but each arrived at our table individually. Entree prices ranged from $22 to $35, but sides added another $7 to $9 each, which made the entire main course somewhat pricey. The atmosphere, best described as a Hotel “W” clone, was cold and noisy – interesting in theory, but not in the reality of supporting a cozy dining experience that cushions conversation and provides soft lighting. The younger members of our party are ready to return for the “hip” atmosphere, but Gary and I value ambiance as much as the food when we treat ourselves to fine dining and we need a softer, quieter environment with enough lighting to read the menu.