After welcoming three new, unique, and locally-owned restaurants since the beginning of the year, Sarasota can easily be called one of Florida's newest hotbeds for a wide variety delicious dining.

It all started with the opening of the Southern-influenced Blue Rooster back in January followed by the opening of Made, another Southern eatery, in March, then, most recently, the opening of Louies Modern, a contemporary brasserie, in April, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Blue Rooster is an authentic Southern bar and restaurant playing host to live music from local and regional acts six nights a week and serving up a boatload of Southern cookin', soul food, and more.  Their specialty is fried chicken, which you can get served by the piece for prices ranging from $2 to $5.50 or in dishes like their classic chicken and waffles with whiskey maple syrup.

There's a hip ambiance inside with features like community tables, industrial style lighting, and wood walls from an old barn in Georgia lined with colorful paintings of famous blues artists, the Times reports.

The Blue Rooster isn't the only restaurant to venture into classic Southern territory either.  Made, opened back in March, sticks to the authentic Southern dining script nicely with dishes like fried green tomatoes and double-dipped fried chicken, but also ventures off the beaten path with creative delicacies like their signature duck confit wings.

Sarasota's most recent and notable restaurant newcomer is Louies Modern, a New American brasserie offering a wide variety of chef-inspired fare for lunch and dinner at their Downtown Sarasota location.  Menu highlights include a brisket burger served with asiago rosemary fries, wood fired Scottish salmon, pulled pork pizzetta, and more.

Sound interesting?  Venture out and see just what these new restaurants in Sarasota have to offer.