Executive Lifestyles - Dining & Spirits
In the Groove
Chef paul mattison: Besides cheffing, Paul Mattison runs a kitchen appliance business and custom-designs kitchens.
525 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key
? Mattison's City Grille
1 N. Lemon Ave., Downtown Sarasota
? Mattison's Siesta Grille
1256 Old Stickney Point Road, Sarasota
Paul Mattison lost no time getting his groove back. The superchef till 2001 of the much-mourned Golden Spoon-winning Summerhouse on Siesta Key -- which closed in May -- has enthusiastically mounted a multiple offense and once again covers the culinary landscape around Sarasota with sparkling successes.
The signature restaurant, dinner-only Mattison's Steakhouse at the Plaza on Longboat Key, is already a classic with piano bar and subdued charm in the dining room, where a skilled staff serves much more than just steak on a plate. Unlike the high-flying competition, where top side dishes command top tariffs, all is included, and there's a thousand-bottle wine cellar, a unique site for candlelight winemaker dinners.
Mattison's City Grille takes care of the downtown diners and lunchers, munchers and late-night snackers in an al fresco setting with live music and a full-ranging menu of pizza and pasta, all kinds of freshly assembled salads and seafood treats plus prime meats all prepared with the customary Mattison magic and mastery.
Mattison's dinner-only Siesta Grille, which satisfies his legion of loyal fans on Siesta Key, is mainly Mediterranean with grilled wild salmon and seared duck breast, but there's the cross-culinary variety of fried sushi and spring rolls made with mango.
For more of the same in your home or at another site, there's Mattison's Catering Co. (941/387-2700), and for cutting-edge appliances and artifacts to produce your own, there's Mattison's Culinary Outfitters, located behind the Steakhouse and also online at mattisons.com. Outfitters has a great variety of gift baskets ready to supply picnics and wine tastings or merely to furnish your kitchen. Or if you like, chef Mattison will custom-design a new kitchen for you.
To keep track of all these activities and to follow his likely return to the Golden Spoon circle, there's Mattison's newsletter, Culinary Connections.