A grand official do-over of Burlap into Searsucker unveiled conveniently for Opening Day at the races on July 17th and has been bustling ever since. The former over-sized and heavy Asian inspired interior with a club-like feel fell out of the Del Mar graces soon after the hype wore off. Now, the light and airy space matches well with the quirky hipster decor with little remnants of Burlap like the koi pond.
The American nouveau classic bistro style menu also seems to be a bit more democratic for the upscale neighborhood. Small plates are half off at happy hour with some drink specials from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the bar and lounge area. The shrimp and grits, chorizo with corn off the cob, as well as the pork belly are popular favorites.
Several gluten-free options pepper through the menu from the beef tartare with quail egg, the hamachi with serrano, the jumbo lump crab cake, the duck fat fries and all of the salad options. For the “Ocean,” “Ranch” and “Farm” items, just place a request for no onions as those are not prepared gluten-free. Be sure to let the kitchen know of any dietary restrictions.
The kid friendly options such as the tomato soup with grilled cheese make it very easy for families to dine out. While some neighborhoods may raise an eyebrow at the pitter patter of little feet, Mommy happy hours seem to be the norm here. Searsucker looks like a second hand well played for the Enlightened Hospitality Group and a match well made in Del Mar.