Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Great Food, Great People Watching

We had dinner reservations in the Gaslamp District in San Diego on Saturday. One small problem; the restaurant was right where Comic-Con was and driving there was not going to happen. So, we took the Coronado ferry across to Downtown San Diego. We missed the ferry which would take us directly to where we needed to go and ended up at Seaport Village on the other side of town.

Ah, but then there was Pirate Pat the Pedi-cab driver that took us to the Gaslamp. An experience in itself. A mini tour of San Diego with history and stories by Pirate Pat. And then there was his butt-crack. We had full visual of that too. Giggle.

When we arrived at our destination at Market and 5th ave, we came upon a zombie parade. It was endless and another source of entertainment,  not to mention all of the people dressed up. Spiderman climbing on poles, and other people watching.

Brian Malarkey in the hat.  Photo by Alex Purnell

Destination Searsucker. A restaurant owned by Top Chef Brian Malarkey. I met Brian at a Top Chef event this year and was really interested in trying his food. Perfect. This restaurant will be opened 1 year this month and it was not only delicious but visually appealing as well.

Romantic, rustic, and fun with an open kitchen that reminded me of a diner counter in the back corner of the restaurant.

Appetizer: We shared the bone marrow. Came with an onion jam you spread on the bread, add bone marrow and sprinkle with sea salt. If you haven't had bone marrow, it's the butter of the cow. Believe me. Delicious.

The menu is very adventurous and humorous as well. This was my husbands entree. Tongue and Cheek; beef tongue and cheek with cactus. Next to the item on the menu, instead of a description it just says "yes". How could you not want to try it. Tender cheeks with dried tongue pieces. Great flavor and texture.

My entree was scallops with a blackberry sauce, brown butter and foie blanc. Succulent and colorful. I loved the creaminess of the foie blanc but it wasn't overdone. I was surprised they served 4 as typically 3 scallops are what I see served in other restaurants. It was quite a treat. The only thing that was strange was whatever the herb was on top of the scallops. It didn't taste like oregano and I needed to take it off, because it disrupted the flavors. If it's garnish and it's on my plate, I usually like to try it. Not this one.

We shared a side dish which was fennel, fingerling potatoes and a small yolk. There was a cheese. Not sure if it was feta, but something like that. Served in a cast iron pan. Loved the yolk and roasted fennel is one of my faves.

This trip is one of a few small trips to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. So here's an anniversary flourless chocolate cake with a caramel sauce and these little round chocolate covered crunchies that were   just the best. It's not on the menu.
So far so good with the food. Tomorrow, another mouth watering dinner at Mistral. Stay tuned.

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