Walking into Searsucker, it immediately feels like home. This “Americana-style” decorated restaurant has found a place in Austin’s Warehouse District. From the first sip of my The Maiden and the Buccaneer, to the last bite of the Pretzel Bar with Ice Cream, I was relaxed as I made new friends and caught up with old ones.
Located on 4th and Colorado in downtown Austin, Searsucker is one of three locations around the country. As soon as guests walk in, they are greeted with warm colors and a laid back atmosphere. Chef Brian Malarkey opened his heart and kitchen, allowing the intimate gathering to enjoy the food and the company. The night started off with drinks and snacks.
From peppers to spicy pickles, taste buds were pleasantly surprised and preparing for the upcoming feast. The cool thing about the drinks is that Searsucker infuses several of their own alcohols. I opted for a Peach Whiskey and coke, which was incredible.
One fun thing about Searsucker is that the experience is meant to be a social one. The dishes are set up family style to encourage passing around the food and engaging with your fellow guests. And that is exactly what we did. Like old friends, we chatted and got to know one another as we passed the food around. As the dishes came out everyone was eager to try one plate after another.
As a vegetarian in Texas, sometimes it is hard having choices at restaurants. Chef Malarkey had a few options and prepared some of them for the group. My meat-eater dinner companions enjoyed a variety of dishes ranging from the swordfish to scallops and rib-eye to pork. All I could see were happy faces as the dug into each entree.
Being someone that has a very big sweet tooth, my eyes widened when the servers brought out the last course. Dessert. The Pretzel Bar was decadent and rich, but simple at the same time. Topped with Shiner Boch ice cream was the perfect touch. The warm doughnuts that also came out were wonderful, especially with the a small dollop of chocolate sauce.
In the end, after the last spoon was licked and the last warm doughnut is eaten, one of the key things that makes a meal really enjoyable and makes me want to go back to a restaurant is the service. The Searsucker team went above and beyond to make us feel at home and welcome.
415 Colorado Street
Austin, TX 78701
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday – Friday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday – Wednesday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Small bites 11 p.m. – close.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.