Farmhouse Faves: Buttermilk Handcrafted Food
First of all, please pardon our brief blog absence. The two of us left for southwest Florida last week to visit my parents for an escape to sunshine and relaxation! We've been very unplugged, and enjoying our getaway. Usually, whenever we are taking a trip, I'll take on the researching of cool shops/restaurants and things to do. This time around, Kyle wanted to spearhead the research and I'm so glad he did!
He picked up an issue of Edible Sarasota (which actually has regional issues all over the country) and stumbled upon Buttermilk Handcrafted Food. Instagram is another one of our ways to discover cool places when we're traveling! Hopefully fellow travelers are finding our insta posts and doing the same. We instantly fell in love with their cool rustic modern "fixer upper" decor and southern made specialty menu and decided we absolutely had to make a trip.
It was love at first sight when we parked our car. From the beautifully branded exterior to the subway tile, shiplap, barn doors, and open wood shelving - the design had Lauren & Kyle written all over it. We weren't sure how we were possibly going to decide what to order.
We ended up ordering a bucket of mini freshly baked biscuits with 4 spreads and a pimento cheese & ham biscuit sandwich. All of the ingredients are either locally sourced (like jams from St. Pete's Urban Canning Co.) or specialty butters, honeys, and meat products. We knew it was going to be delicious, but had no idea it would end up being our favorite meal of the trip!
The biscuits were a nice balance of fluffy & dense with flaky salt crystals on top. Our favorite part of the meal were the spreads! We chose a local Florida honey, creamy butter from Georgia, danjou pear habanero jam from Urban Canning Co, and a homemade collard and peanut pesto (holy cow was this amazing). The pimento cheese spread with our ham biscuit was heavenly and oh-so-southern! We washed them down with a cup of cold brew coffee- an essential for hot Florida weather.
After talking to the owners, we found out that they'd designed and built a ton of the elements of the restaurant. As a hobby woodworker, this was extra impressive to Kyle! The whole time we kept thinking how perfect a place like this would be by us in Wisconsin! At the very least, we decided we are totally going to do a biscuit bar brunch some day when we have our future farmhouse house warming! We even took a mini oatmeal creme pie with us for the road!
If you ever find yourself in the Sarasota, Florida area, be sure to stop by this gem! We know the readers of our blog would appreciate it.