Buttermilk Handcrafted Food is handcrafting our hearts.
Every once in a while, we have a real hankering for a sweet treat (and by “every once in a while”, I mean “I once filled a quart-sized Gatorade bottle with cinnamon roll frosting because I love sweets). Alternatively, we have a crippling weakness for savory biscuits and breakfast sandwiches. To qualify this statement, in 2013, we were issued the honorary title of “Duke and Duchess McMuffin” by a local McDonalds morning shift. Certificates and paper crowns were awarded; it was a real to-do. But I digress. Needless to say, when we happened to hear about the opening of Buttermilk Handcrafted Food via the Sarasota Magazine’s Instagram account, our culinary curiosities were piqued. We made the trip out for a quick stop-over, and we’re so grateful we did! Buttermilk is the perfect blend of savory and sweet, and they happen to specialize in biscuits and cinnamon rolls. And cookies. And pie. And bread pudding. And savory rolls. And coffee. And if you haven’t been there, go now!
Everything was made fresh, and the ambiance is very Joanna Gaines (a personal fave). We recommend the pimento cheese and ham breakfast biscuit and the vanilla oatmeal pie!
This place is so cool they don’t need a website, but check out their Instagram for hours, location, and drools: @buttermilkhandcraftedfood
Breakfast at MADE Restaurant downtown
If you couldn’t tell from our last post, we can’t get enough breakfast. We truly feel that Sarasota is a booming brunch town, and it’s our goal to try it all! One of the best brunches we’ve had thus far is at MADE Restaurant downtown. It’s a modern, Americana-themed, casual restaurant with a touch of class. We started with the Bloody Mary’s, featuring “Billionaire” bacon, which is crispy caramelized bacon that basically tastes like a peppery, smokey, sweet dream. We ordered the “Chicken Fried” which consisted of crispy chicken and peppermilk sausage gravy. Amazing! We also tried the “Brisket” eggs Benedict (pictured) which was hands down one of the best things we’ve ever eaten: a delightful blend of brisket, “Billionaire” bacon, peppermilk sausage gravy, roasted corn, and chipotle hollandaise. I think we fell in love all over again while eating this meal! There were so many other brunch entrees that sounded incredible- must be why other people speak very highly of the MADE Restaurant brunch. The dinner menu looks excellent as well. Needless to say, we will definitely be back!
Check out http://www.maderestaurant.com to look at their full menu, and make sure to stop by if you’re looking for a fantastic brunch on Main Street!
So many pancakes, so little time.
We are huge fans of Station 400 breakfast and brunch, and have been there quite a few times. We prefer the downtown Sarasota location on Lemon Avenue strictly for ambiance, but there is also a location in Lakewood Ranch. Station 400 is one of the places where we order way too much food. How could you not? The prices are super reasonable, and there are far too many delicious options to choose from; we’ve also had excellent servers with awesome recommendations.
For starters, their mimosa menu is fantastic. They offer at least 4 or 5 seasonal flavors. Lauren’s favorite is the “Elderflower, Cucumber, Lemon” mimosa, and Eric prefers the “Blackberry Bramble.” They make the most delicious, right out of the oven, buttery croissants that are served with fresh jam. You MUST get one! We are also big fans of the “Waffled Sausage” starter, which is basically a breakfast sausage waffle corn dog. How could you go wrong?
When we brunch, our go-to game plan is for one of us to order a sweet entree, and one to order a savory entree, to get the best of both worlds. We are not amateurs. Our favorite savory breakfast at Station 400 is the “Truffle Eggs Benedict” (pictured) because, well, truffle. The “Biscuits and Gravy” on jalapeno cheddar biscuits with chorizo gravy is also obviously fantastic.
We’re big into pancakes and keep going back to the same two pancake entrees because we can’t get enough, though the other options sound super scrumptious. We love the “Cinnamon Roll” pancakes with cream cheese frosting and vanilla maple syrup (pictured), as well as the “Bacon & Salted Caramel” pancakes with the salted caramel drizzle and orange butter. Is your mouth watering yet?
Make sure Station 400 is one of your breakfast endeavors! For more information, check out their website at http://www.station400.com or @station400srq on Instagram.