A while ago, some friends and I had brunch at Searsucker in Del Mar to celebrate the upcoming birth of our good friends’ baby girl! It was a really fun meal filled with delightful conversation and laughter, and yummy food. I’ve posted about brunch at Searsucker before, but since we ordered different items this time, I thought I should do another post.
Johnny Walker black, lemon juice, honey syrup, Laphroaig 10 year, candied ginger. I always felt bad that at these baby-shower-esque events, everyone except for the expectant mother gets to drink. I thought that this drink had nice balance between the sweet syrup, tart lemon juice, and the two different whiskys.
Warm Sticky Bun [$7]
The mother-to-be ordered the warm sticky bun, topped with an ample amount of cream cheese frosting – actually, I was eyeing it as well, but decided that I wanted something savory for brunch. I didn’t try this, but she seemed to really enjoy it.
SS Ham Benny [$14]
House-made English muffin, avocado, Hollandaise. Several of our friends chose the SS ham benny, Searsucker’s version of the classic eggs benedict. I was a bit amused that they added avocado, which is such a Californian adaptation. According to the people who ordered this, the Hollandaise sauce was smooth and creamy, and the eggs were poached nicely. I tried a bit of the fingerling potatoes, which were roasted perfectly.
Croque Madame [$14]
Ham, Gruyere, brioche, egg. I chose the croque madame, a difficult dish for me to resist whenever I see it on the menu. The presentation was beautiful; unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the cheese sauce that covered the bread, which tasted a bit gritty. The brioche slice was also too thick, which made the ham and egg sort of “lost” within the whole sandwich.
Short Rib Hash [$17]
Caramelized onions, Yukon Golds, sunny eggs, horseradish cream. When the short rib hash arrived, we were slightly underwhelmed by the portion size. I suppose I was expecting a similarly-sized dish as the generous eggs benedict. However, the flavors here were pretty much spot-on: the short rib was tender, the potatoes were crispy, the eggs were cooked perfectly, and the flavor was nicely balanced.
Overall, we had another nice brunch at Searsucker. It’s a great location for a large group like ours, and most of the dishes that we had were quite good. While it’s not at the top of my brunch rankings in San Diego, I’d be happy to return in the future and try out more of their menu.
You can check out my previous post here.
Searsucker (Del Mar location)
12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar, CA 92130