Totally Going NUTS for DONUTS!

The Amish Baking Co. knows dough, yo.

We are not joking or exaggerating when we say the donuts from The Amish Baking Co. will change your life. They will. It’s an understatement to say we’ve had our fair share of specialty donuts from awesome little donut shops that seem to be popping up everywhere. But ABC’s are simply the best! They are piping hot, fresh, sticky, and truly melt in your mouth. Curiously large, though neither for the sake of novelty or pretension, these sweet, buttery rings of dough come hot off the presses, still-dripping with dipped glaze. I know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, yeah- I’ve eaten Krispy Kreme donuts, bro. I know all about fresh donies…” If that’s where your mindset is, well then, by all means, more for you. These donuts are in a league all their own, so give them a try. But don’t do it for our sake; your taste buds will thank you!

Still not convinced? Or maybe you flat out don’t like donuts (heathens…)? Well, what if we told you that ABC also has the best soft pretzels in town? Or maybe the universe. They are incredible and remind the chewer of a simpler time when all the world’s woes could be settled through gifts of pretzeled bread. I eat them and often think of a pre-corporate Auntie Anne, in her college days (when she was just “Anne” to her friends, and not so focused on profit) toiling away in her kitchen, striving simply to make the best soft pretzel she could. Then I picture her, now in her 70’s or 80’s, strolling through Sarasota, wearing large sunglasses and a kerchief round her head, and she stops at this humble ABC baking cart. There’s something so familiar about the smell that wafted by…Suddenly, a warm soft-pretzel catches her eye. She asks for one, and takes a bite. A single tear strolls gently down her cheek, and she remembers those formative baking years, her lost loves, and why she began baking pretzels in the first place. Yes; these pretzels are that good. Talk about melting in your mouth. Buttery, salty goodness! Are you laughing? Hope so, because we couldn’t type this with a straight face. Sometimes Eric gets carried away.

But anyway, when we say life changing. They are. Go now! The Amish Baking Co. food truck is always at the Central Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, and the Phillipi Creek Farmhouse Market on Wednesday mornings. They also pop up randomly around town at various festivals and events. Find them by following their Instagram account @theamishbakingco or by visiting their website: http://www.amishbakingco.com/ We promise you will not be disappointed. Amish 2 donuts.jpg

 

 

Best of Brunch: Bacon, Bloody Mary’s, and Brisket!

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!

Breakfast Sensation at the Station!

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.

Polpo Pop-up Pizza Packs Peppered Punch

Not your average pie!

SRQ’s own Polpo Pizza scored big points this week. We’ve been on the hunt for delicious pizza since moving down to Sarasota, and have only had a few note-worthy pies and slices (details to come). Polpo is a food truck that pops up around town at different restaurants, festivals, private events, and farmer’s markets,  etc. The truck is typically located at Mandeville Beer Garden on Lemon Avenue downtown Sarasota on Tuesday nights for Trivia, as well as the Phillippi Creek Farmhouse Market off 41 south Sarasota on Wednesday afternoons, which is where we spotted the truck and couldn’t resist. We had the “Spicy Margherita” pie (pictured). The peppers were zingy and salty, which added a unique flavor to an otherwise scrumptous pie! Their other pies sound delicious too, especially their signature “Bee Sting” which features calabrese and hot pepper honey.. yum!

Lauren studied abroad in Italy where her love affair with pizza began. She swears that the crust is how you tell a delicious pizza from a mediocre pizza. Eric is a toppings guy. Both of us agreed that the toppings and the crust were excellent! We will definitely be following Polpo’s around to get our hands on more of these pies.

For more information about Polpo’s Pizza Co., visit their website at http://www.polpopizzaco.com. Also, be sure to check out the Phillippi Creek Farmhouse Market, filled with many more food trucks and produce stands, at http://www.farmhousemarket.org.

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