UPDATE: As of January 9, 2014, Searsucker Scottsdale has closed.
– Where to Eat in Scottsdale AZ: Searsucker –
Last week, I had the opportunity to finally try Searsucker in downtown Scottsdale and I am glad we did.
If you follow TV shows like Top Chef, you may be familiar with Brian Malarkey from San Diego. Since the show, he has opened several restaurants in California and this is his first venture in Scottsdale.
Upon walking in, we were warmly greeted. The space itself is beautiful and well-designed. It is open, industrial and contemporary. Sliding curtains throughout allows the staff to create more intimate or more open spaces depending on what is going on. The large bar and lounge area is to the left and has a darker, sleek palette.
We were there for lunch, which has a different menu than dinner, but there are a few carryover items on both menus. The menu descriptions are creative if a little cryptic and our friendly server was happy to answer any and all questions.
We started with the recommended farm bird lollipops, which are a fun play on traditional hot wings. Chicken meatballs on skewers are basted with a sweet and not too spicy “snake bite” hot sauce. You can then dip the meatballs into a blue cheese fondue for a cooling effect.
For our main courses, we had two “crusts” (a.k.a. sandwiches) and one “main” (which includes salads and entrees.) The “Dip,” a french dip sandwich looked delicious and filling. It was traditionally done and my dining companion really enjoyed it. I tried the “Drunken Chicken,” which is a creative play on a chicken salad sandwich. It too, was quite good and another generous portion. Both our our sandwiches came with a simple and tasty green salad with vinaigrette. Our third companion tried the Cobb Salad. It was probably the most nicely composed Cobb salad I have seen. It was fresh and piled high with ingredients. Large pieces of bacon on top completed the presentation.
I had heard that the fries they serve with lunch were great so we ordered those as well as a side. They were quite good and got polished off quickly.
Another table had ordered the mussels + frites , which come with the fries I just mentioned, and it looked outstanding. I am planning to try that the next time I am in. I also want to come and try dinner as there are a lot of interesting looking dishes on the menu.
Searsucker is located adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square on Camelback and there is mall access from the building. Valet parking, which is complimentary at lunch, is very convenient. Or, you could always park at the mall and walk over.
6900 East Camelback Road, Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner Daily