Sauces: Our plate, your canvas

I know this is not the topic I promised tonight but I hope you’ll forgive me. After the Rapscallions coasted to our fourth consecutive first-place victory at trivia at the Flying Saucer, we stopped by Sauces (Our Plate, Your Canvas) which opened today on the Main Street Mall in the New Main block between Union and Gayoso.

Let’s start off with some pictures of the restaurant. The first three are of the upstairs, which features a bar, a community dining table, and several individual window-seat tables.

The downstairs has plenty of traditional seating available. Here are a couple of pics of the downstairs:

And finally, some pics of the food.

This is the grouper with mango bruschetta from the “your canvas” menu. The way it works is, you pick the seafood you want (grouper, mahi mahi, halibut, tuna, or salmon), the sauce you want (lobster cream, mango bruschetta, or orange teriyaki), and optionally an entree addition (crab cake, shrimp, smoked Applewood bacon, or sauteed mushrooms). They also have traditional menu items (lots of them) for those who don’t feel like building their own plate – the lobster ravioli (stuffed with asparagus and tomatoes in a delicate tomato sauce with a hint of fennel and vanilla) and the medallions Chesapake (seasoned and grilled steak medallions topped with lump crabmeat and lobster sauce) seem like good selections to me.

The spinach, tomato and bacon flatbread with fries. Comes with fresh spinach, roma tomatoes, Applewood bacon, Italian cheeses, red onion, crushed red pepper, and Dijon dill.

The Garlic Roasted Pepper Burger, with melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle and Dijon mustard.

Their mojito menu was not available because they’re waiting on their liquor permit, but they tell me that issue may be resolved as early as tomorrow. They have hooks underneath the bars and community dining tables to hang your coats and purses. They are also intent on making the upstairs area a hangout for Downtown locals. Very cool. They put a lot of hard work into this place and it paid off.