First Taste

Searsucker Scottsdale: Nightclub Meets Restaurant at Top Chef Brian Malarkey's New Hot Spot

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Searsucker Location: 6900 East Camelback Road Open: Almost a month Eats: New American cuisine Price: Over $50 per person

Searsucker is a nightclub-meets-restaurant kind of scene. A fashionable, vast space with sub-regions of lounge-y couch areas, a bar, an open kitchen, and a dining area where you're either lucky enough to get a cushioned seat or cursed with a bum-aching metal variety. And no matter where you are, Searsucker's blasting music is, unfortunately, right there with you.

See also: Pig & Pickle Pretty Perfect and Brews and Chews at Fate Brewing Company

From chef Brian Malarkey, a finalist on Bravo's Top Chef Miami in 2009, Searsucker Scottsdale is the second location of his restaurant (the first being in San Diego). Malarkey was there on the night of my visit (as well as some of the cast of Jersey Shore) and I got to ask him where he's been to eat in the Valley -- but more on that later.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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