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Despite the names of the venues Brian Malarkey operates in the San Diego area — Searsucker and Herringbone, (and in the past now-defunct Burlap, Gingham and Gabardine), he is not in the fabric business but rather in restaurants.

The “Top Chef“ who is also a judge/mentor on ABC-TV’s The Taste, has been doing a good job since his original restaurant, Searsucker, in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, made’s 2013 Hot 40 Restaurants in the U.S. The day I dropped by in the middle of the week in low-season, the restaurant was packed.

His restaurants are busy, so if you can't get into one of his places — or if you are far away — here's how to enjoy his dishes in the comfort of your own home: His cookbook “Come Early, Stay Late.”