by Damon Noisette // photo by Agnes Lopez
The efforts of a pair of food truck entrepreneurs and some assistance from the Downtown Investment Authority have paid off in a new restaurant, Super Food & Brew (their truck was named Super Food), that bills itself as “healthy, high-end and fresh.” Super opened in late May at the corner of Laura and Forsyth streets, in a prime location, the bottom floor of the 11 East apartment building Downtown.
Dale Stoudt and chef Richard Haugk worked with architects at Content Design Group to overhaul the space into an unfussy and contemporary eatery with polished concrete floors and countertops, subway tiles, wood accents and a soft mint green paint scheme, along with a novel way to present their offerings: huge rolls of brown paper, mounted high on the walls, where the menus and specials are handwritten.
Super Food’s owners adhere to the idea of serving only fresh foods, and thus there is no freezer in their kitchen or a drink fountain up front. An assortment of canned and bottled soft drinks and teas are in the case next to the pre-made meals and salads available to people looking to pop in and find something to go.
Haugk’s menu boasts an impressive amount of seafood options, something Downtown was sorely lacking. And that makes sense; Haugk used to be a sous chef at Intracoastal fine-dining mainstay Marker 32.
We stopped in one weekday evening for a dinner and were glad to see that the menu hadn’t changed much from our previous lunch visit. Both the dishes that impressed us previously were still an option, the tuna poke bowl ($10), with its distinctive house-made miso vinaigrette, and pork belly sandwich ($8). I ordered a lobster salad ($12) and turkey sloppy joe ($8) and some sides while my companion doubled down on the pork belly, this time selecting the pork belly stir fry ($9) special. I took our table number and walked down to the bar to take a look at the craft beers on tap ($3).
Open for almost three months now, there’s still a lot of the food truck atmosphere in Super Food—perhaps a little too much for my own tastes—and I found the dining experience a bit disjointed. Our orders were delivered to the table in paper food trays and plastic bowls with plastic utensils. My turkey sloppy joe could have used a plate for sure, though I did appreciate the large portion size.
Serving style aside, I couldn’t argue with the quality of the ingredients. The mac and cheese balls ($3.50) are probably the least healthy thing on the menu—not that it stopped me from ordering or enjoying them.
Super Food & Brew
11 E. Forsyth St., Downtown; 723-1180; superfoodandbrew.com
Hours: Monday: 10:30 AM- 4 PM; Tuesday - Thursday: 10:30 AM-8 PM; Friday: 10:30 AM-10 PM; Saturday: 11:30 AM-10 PM
Prices: Entrées $7-$12; Sides $2-$4; Cheese plates $11/$16 To-go: Prepackaged meals are prepared daily and available in the refrigerated case closest to Laura Street.
Super brew deal: Craft beers are $3 all day, with some local and out of state favorites on tap. $4 for other varieties, can or bottle.
Not just brews: Selections of sparkling, white, and red wines are also available by the glass, ranging from $6 to $40.
Bring quarters: Metered-parking is enforced weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM, so bring quarters or park in one of the nearby surface lots or garages.