Cocktail of the Week: Station 400′s Mimosa
Brunch and bubbly. You can’t beat it.
By Hannah Wallace 12/13/2016 at 2:46pm
This week: The pomegranate mimosa at Station 400.
The drink: Champagne and pomegranate juice. An effervescent, delicately sweet accompaniment to brunch.The genius of the mimosa is how well it matches the full range of breakfast and lunch dishes, whether it’s cutting through the richness of eggs Benedict or complementing a light and fresh Cobb salad. We ordered a round prior to last weekend’s Atomic Holiday Bazaar, and that made for just the right kind of tipsy to go shopping for sugar skulls and edgy, irreverent wall art.
The bar: Well, it’s not a bar; it’s a charming little breakfast and lunch spot set in an old rail station with fantastic, shady outdoor seating, too.
Food: Pancakes, omelets, salads and sandwiches, nary a misstep among them.
Other notable potables: Just the mimosas, really, which come in a few fruity flavors, and there’s also a selection of beers. But get the mimosa. Trust us.
Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch’s favorite meeting spot for a delicious, home-cooked breakfast as well as lunch is Station 400. The story behind Station 400 began in 1852, when a quaint railroad depot was built in Kentland, Indiana. Passengers took pride in each trip and made time to explore the station while waiting for their departure. This old depot was painstakingly disassembled and brought to Sarasota, where it was reassembled in the Rosemary District near downtown. After an extensive restoration, the structure is now reminiscent of how it looked over 150 years ago, rich with old character and traditional charm. This lovely historic building and its cozy adjacent patio have become one of Sarasota’s most popular restaurants and favorite places to meet and enjoy conversation and good food with family and friends.
Now with two locations (one in an antique railway station dating back to the mid 1800’s that was actually brought down from Indiana, and the other in busy Main Street Lakewood Ranch, both offer outside seating (pet friendly). Specialties include eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, soups, great salads, wraps, sandwiches, and more! They also serve mimosas, beer, and wine. Station 400 has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate® Certificate of Excellence! Come in and see why!
Station 400 Debuts New Spring Menu
Local favorite Station 400 has a new spring menu--and a new owner.
By Judi Gallagher 3/21/2016 at 10:25am
I’ve long been a huge fan of Station 400. Their pancakes are insanely delicious, and the smoked salmon scramble with avocado and dill sauce has always been a favorite. And now the restaurant is offering more excellent new dishes--and it has a new owner who has a long history in the hospitality industry. Deen Fox, a longtime managing partner at the Bonefish Grill on University Parkway, decided to go out on his own and purchase both Station 400 locations (the one downtown, on Fourth Street, and the one on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch).
This is like a restaurant dream come true: an incredibly friendly owner and some spot-on new menu items. Fear not, dear Station 400 fans--and I know there are many of you--all the regular favorites remain on the menu. But Deen and his culinary team has been working overtime in the kitchen to bring creative brunch and lunch dishes for those of us that love seasonal changes. (Just don’t ever take off my blueberry pancakes, Deen).
Speaking of blueberries, you must try the blueberry-stuffed French toast. It’s made with croissants and oozes with warm berries and butter.
There are new pancakes, too. Take the sea salt and caramel-bacon pancakes--salted cream sauce, melty orange zest butter with pure vanilla and maple syrup make these both sweet and savory. My fear of the combination being too sweet was dashed upon first bite (and the many others that followed).
People who like floral notes will appreciate the fresh strawberry and lavender pancakes, while omelet lovers will need to buckle up for the poached Maine lobster and blue crab omelet, served with chervil and Station 400′s infamous truffle Hollandaise. The omelet melts in your mouth.
The South is represented well, with a new fried green tomato Benedict with crispy bacon and a fresh, light pesto Hollandaise. And the eggs are perfectly runny.
Perhaps the most fun items on the new menu are the sharing plates, which include waffled sausages served with powdered sugar and warm maple syrup; fried green tomatoes with roasted garlic dressing; and lemon-poached shrimp with chipotle cocktail sauce. They’re perfect as an appetizer alongside a mimosa.
Lunch features four new menu items, including a classic corned beef Reuben and a turkey Reuben, both trending on most menus.
The apple-cheddar grilled cheese with bacon, sliced Granny Smith apples, cheddar cheese and apple butter on grilled sourdough goes into the category of best grilled cheese sandwiches on the Suncoast. The open-faced tuna melt is a modern take on the classic 1980s sandwich, but lighter, with one slice of bread, English cucumber, avocado, dill Havarti, pickled radishes and pea shoots.
Hats off to Station 400, Deen Fox and his dream team! This spring menu starts today, March 21, and is certain to please both snowbirds and year round residents.
Station 400 | 400 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, 34236 (941) 906-1400 | 8215 Lakewood Main Street, Suite P103, Lakewood Ranch (941) 907-0848