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A Feast! feature in which your humble correspondent visits a restaurant and orders the specialty of the house.

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Subtle!

Up first, the appetizer. Like Quality Social, Searsucker is good at elevating the familiar. Triple cheese toast + tomato-tarragon soup ($8)? Yeah, Dad was really good at grilled cheese and tomato soup. It's what he'd make for dinner when it was just us guys at home. You know, after Mama r-u-n-n o-f-t:

And those little crunchy bits of onion (and celery?) in the tuna tartare + charred jalapeno + tomatillo relish ($10)? How can they help but evoke the tuna fish with bits of celery of your childhood?

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Another echo of youth: the tuna's flavor gets a little lost in the shuffle.

Heck, look at that creamy ring around the outside of the plate - it's like they even included the mayo!

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But the crunchy bits might also be getting at Searsucker's larger vision. "Seersucker is a fabric with a particular texture, right?" asked The Wife.

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Yes.

"This food is really about texture. You take a bite, and you get the crunch, but then you scoop some up with one of the chips, and you get a harder crunch. Not only is there the mushy-crunchy contrast, there's the contrast between the two crunches. Top that with the delicate texture of the caviar and the tender burst of the mirco-cilantro..."

"Oh," she mentions, switching to flavor, "the jalapeno is much more sweet than spicy."

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