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A Meal That's Worth the Trek

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With the amount of ridiculously good food in this city, we figured you’d need some convincing to drive an hour and a half to Michigan for a meal at Soé Cafe. Here’s our case.

Basic Background
After five years of business, Soé closed in January to revamp. It came back with an airy, modern interior; undeniably laid-back vibe; new chef; and sustainable bent.

Chef Cred
Have you eaten at Custom House? The Bristol? Just so happens Justin White, chef/co-owner of Soé, sous-cheffed at all of them.

Menu Mantra
Approachable, affordable (nothing’s more than $21), and gosh darned delicious. Snacks: tangy, toothsome house pickles; pan-crisped deviled eggs. Staples: house-made sausage, arguably the best burger we’ve had in a decade (it’s topped with a fried egg), crispy chicken with sofrito-roasted cauliflower (fans call White about it). Seasonal: not-too-sweet shortbread biscuit with cream (or other seasonal fruit).

Side of Philosophy, Please
White seriously supports Michigan businesses. Soé serves Bit of Swiss bread, Hickory Creek and Wyncroft wines, and local beers. The produce comes from a garden down the road when available. 

The evidence speaks for itself.

Soé Cafe, 12868 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, Michigan (269-426-4878).

Photo: Jeffrey Hedin 

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12868 Red Arrow Hwy
Sawyer, MI 49125