Searsucker: A Hip, Hot Spot

by Mike Hunter



In a market that is ripe with hip restaurants, new eatery concepts and a trend toward serving healthy and quality ingredients, Searsucker may take the “cake.” This open, airy establishment is housed in a lobby-style space situated between the Camelback Tower and Neiman Marcus on Camelback Road at Goldwater Blvd.

Team Brian Malarkey and Valley-known Chef Steve “Chops” Smith bring together a concept and menu that match to perfect this relatively new American restaurant. For lunch, it is all about quick comfort, high-quality ingredients and great taste. The salads are light and delicious with everything from a Lettuce and Lemon Salad with a Champagne, radish and citrus vinaigrette to a hearty Steak Salad with brie croutons, pine nuts, charred peppers and a poppy seed vinaigrette. Sandwiches, or “Crusts” as they are called, are hot or cold and include the Blackened Mahi, which is topped with avocado and bacon on focaccia. The Drunken Chicken is a favorite, with rosemary, brown butter aioli and almonds on cracked wheat. A delicate alternative is the Lobster with tarragon, capers, red onion and lemon on an egg bun.

The space was designed by L.A.-based designer Thomas Schoos, known for Duplex on 3rd in the Beverly Hills area and other well-known restaurants. His taste is open yet crafty, with a distinct modern rustic appeal. This space works well with an open living room area at the front and tables throughout. Guests can experience the kitchen with the open area being where the culinary goings-on can be seen. The mismatched chairs and large, wooden tables give a bit of a country farm appeal where the servers diligently attend to diners’ needs. It is a unique experience with tasteful décor and, most importantly, tasteful food.

6900 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 664-3777

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