Louies Modern and Modern It Is!
For a smaller city on the west coast of Florida, Sarasota has an expansive culinary and arts scene. It is fun to try new restaurants when visiting my father. I heard great things about Louies Modern and had to head downtown to check it out.
I was impressed with their creative cocktail list and decided to try the Bright Eyes. It was fresh pressed carrot, apple, fennel, lemon, and ginger juice with mandarin vodka and lime. It is great how the mixologist combined juicing with alcohol. The combination was refreshing and not too sweet, perfect for a muggy Florida night.
We ordered the Burrata and it certainly was star of the show. What an appetizer!! Burrata is Italian mozzarella cheese and cream, basically melt in your mouth goodness. The tomatoes were fresh and local. It is great that they used different types and colors of heirloom and cherry tomatoes. The ribbons of basil added freshness while the pickled cipollini onions added a sweet yet tangy taste. All of this was served on a Himalayan Salt Block which gave it a nice salty bite to contrast the sweet balsamic vinegar that was drizzled on top. Seriously, one of the best appetizers I have ever ordered.
They also have a juice bar open during the day and a trendy outdoor area in the evenings for cocktails and small bites. This is a welcome addition to the downtown Sarasota restaurant scene.
Helpful Tip - parking can be limited downtown, there is free parking in the garage behind the restaurant.