Monday, December 30, 2013

Louies Modern: Modern American Cuisine in Sarsota

With the opening of Louies Modern, 60-year-old Steve Seidensticker along with his children, Joe, Patrick and Lisa, have turned the first floor of a parking garage on North Palm Avenue into one of downtown Sarasota’s hottest new restaurants. Louie’s Modern blends Southern hospitality with a taste for world travel. Opened by Sarasota's Seidensticker family, the restaurant recalls a family legacy by honouring Louie, the family patriarch, a self-taught culinary master who was passionate about good food and well mixed cocktails. Located on the street level of Sarasota's modern award-winning Palm Avenue parking complex, Louie's Modern presents diners with innovative dishes prepared with contemporary techniques, while showcasing culinary ingenuity, freshness and quality. Having stumbled upon this hidden gem one afternoon while shopping at Sur La Table, we were enticed by the modern decor, inviting ambiance and innovate menu and decided to try Louie's for a quick pre-Christmas lunch.

Steve Seidensticker, owner of Louie's Modern

The reception desk at Louie's Modern

Louies Modern was remodelled from a garage

The interior is fresh, modern and inviting

Louies modern table setting

Louies lunch menu features a fresh take on modern American cuisine including 
interesting sandwiches, salads, small plates and pizzettas

The menu features an innovative selection of starers & snacks, such as Ricotta Gnudi with san marzano pomarola and shaved parmesan, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with granny smith apple, celery root, remoulade and black truffle aioli, and Short Rib Lentil Soup with kale, celery root and porcini, to sandwiches and salads including Miso Marinated Grilled Scallops with soba noodle salad, cabbage slaw, toasted cashews, mandarin orange and ginger soy vinaigrette, and Food Truck Grouper Taco with grilled corn tortilla, jalapeño red cabbage slaw, roasted pasilla chile sauce, cilantro, radish sprouts. Small plates are also offered with tempting dishes such as Pepper Yellowfin Tuna Tartar with wasabi mayo, ginger cucumber, spicy citrus sauce, Sliced Flat Iron Steak with mediterranean tabouleh, bulgar wheat, lemon zest, first pressed olive oil, tomato confit and a selection of wood fired pizzettas such as the Margherita Pizzetta with heirloom tomato and  louies buratta, and the irresistible Black & Blue Pizzetta made with short rib, medjool date, blue cheese, black truffle and red onion.

America's oldest brewed beer - Yuengling Lager

Louies offers a number of craft beers including Stella Artois

Wines, craft beers an innovative cocktails are perfect on a warm sunny afternoon

Louies wood fired pizza oven

Black & Blue Pizzetta with short rib, medjool date, blue cheese, black truffle and red onion

Ricotta Gnudi with san marzano pomarola and garnished with shaved parmesan

Miso Marinated Grilled Scallops with soba noodle salad, cabbage slaw, toasted cashews, 
mandarin orange, ginger soy vinaigrette

Food Truck Grouper Taco with grilled corn tortilla, jalapeño red cabbage slaw, 
roasted pasilla chile sauce, cilantro, radish sprouts

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna BLT with multi-grain, turkey bacon, heirloom tomato, 
butter lettuce and basil aioli

Transforming the bottom of a downtown parking garage into a chic, modern and elegant space took some real vision, and they've accomplished it with poise and panache, and with a highly imaginative and wonderfully diverse menu from which to choose from day or night, and courteous, friendly and pleasant staff, Louie's is one of the brightest young additions to Sarasota's culinary stage.

Upside Down Apple Tart with salted caramel and vanilla bean ice cream 

Root Beer Float made with Dads original root beer, vanilla bean ice cream, redid whip and finished with a hazelnut cookie