One of Jason’s best friends is in town for a poker tournament, so after Jason picked him up from the airport last night, the three of us headed over to the Gaslamp Quarter for dinner. Usually Jason thoroughly researches restaurants and makes reservations before we step foot out of our condo, but last night we decided to wing it. Fifth street is lined with fabulous-looking restaurants, so we thought we’d take our chances and just walk in to one. It was a Monday night, after all.
We ended up at searsucker, a restaurant run by Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey. The inside was beautiful. Their website describes the decor as “Architectural salvage, distressed furniture and exposed ceiling beams create an open warehouse feeling. The design features masculine elements stippled with feminine details”.
The menu is somewhat vague, but our server was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions. We started with crab cake and short rib appetizers before moving onto our main courses. The crab cake was loaded with meaty chunks of crab and creatively garnished with Tobasco caviar. The short rib was succulent and melted in my mouth.
Then came the entrees. I ordered a filet minion, which far exceeded my expectations. A perfect circle of lobster butter sat on top, it was perfectly cooked, and the flavor was sublime. Jason ordered the swordfish, which he says was also delicious, although the serving size wasn’t very generous. Our friend ordered a salad, which came with prosciutto ham headed on the side.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience that put seersucker at the top of my list.
We think it’ll be the perfect place to take my family when they come to visit next week (woohoo!).