With the vibe of a metropolitan hotspot and a menu with an uber-local sensibility, State Street Eating House + Cocktails is keeping downtown Sarasota on the cutting culinary edge.
Chef Adam Ruth, alongside owners Chris and Kirk Voelker, have cultivated a following with dishes such as the Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese; the Guava-Glazed Snapper; the Watermelon Crab Salad with serrano vinaigrette; and the Chickpea Yellow Zucchini Burger with sumac tomato spread. Bar-goers also flock to the counter for classic craft cocktails like the Bramble, Negroni and Mint Julep.
“I honestly believe our insane dedication to fresh, innovative fare is what separates us from most of the pack,” Chris Voelker says. “Our chef has taken the farm-to-fork trend a step further and is now working directly with farmers to grow specific vegetables exclusively for State Street. As an example, he recently selected specific seeds, which he wants grown for our upcoming heirloom tomato salad.”
But the appeal of State Street transcends the food.
“Our friendly yet urban-cool atmosphere adds to the dining experience,” she says. “Guests will often exclaim that our place reminds them of a favorite place in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.”
And what makes State Street an “Original”?
“We serve fresh, high-quality, creative foods in a friendly, casual, urban setting. Our attention to detail and flavor profile exploration even extends to our bar, where we were the first in the area to feature handcrafted cocktails,” Chris Voelker says. “A lot of time is required to ensure the level of consistent excellence we strive for, but the reward is the amazing people we meet and the joy of contributing to their experience.”
State Street Eating House + Cocktails |1533 State St., Sarasota | 941-951-1533 | statestreetsrq.com
Author: Abby Weingarten