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“Soup and sandwiches in a vintage garden setting”

The Summer Kitchen Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 13 Restaurants in Ephraim
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican, Cafe, Soups
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Description: The Summer Kitchen is renowned for its homemade soups, fresh bread and yummy desserts. At least five different soups are available daily. Order a single cup, two cups, a bowl or our Taster's cups and enjoy! All lunch entrees include a cup of soup. Dinner entrees are served with a baked potato, a side of vegetables, homemade bread and your choice of soup or salad.
Reviewed August 19, 2010

This is one of my favorite lunch spots in Door County. I admit, it's a little overpriced -- they increased the prices again, so you'll pay upwards of $12 for a cup of soup and a (large) sandwich with fruit on the side. However, I like the atmosphere, the service is usually good, and the food is creative and tasty.

I usually get something called the "baby boomer veggie club," which is three slices of wheat bread with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, creamy herb dressing and sunflower seeds. The herb dressing and sunflower seeds really make this sandwich unique. When you place your order, you are given a cup to go up to the soup bar and choose your soup. There are usually 5-6 soups to choose from; I often get the chicken dumpling, which is very good and has tender chunks of chicken. If you don't want to order a sandwich, salad or entree, you can simply order unlimited trips to the soup bar (there's freshly baked bread up there, as well) and sample all of the soups.

You can dine indoors or outside here, but no matter where you sit, you feel as though you're in the middle of a garden. There's also kind of a vintage/cottage feel to the place. That's one of the draws of this restaurant -- it's very pleasant. The bathroom is tiny and could be better, but the restaurant itself is liking going to a tea party in your grandmother's garden. In fact, if you were going to take your grandmother to lunch, this would be the perfect place.

Other than being kind of overpriced, and not the greatest place to go on a day when the temperatures are in the 90s (this place doesn't really have air conditioning), the Summer Kitchen is a terrific place for breakfast or lunch. It's conveniently located right on Route 42 across from the Red Barn shops. There's plenty of parking.

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Thank Maenad1
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

I could not believe how much this restraunt had changed from being there in 1994..and having great food....we stopped in and had 2 pie ala modes and 2 terrible burnt coffee's and was ripped of for a $21.00 tab!!! place needs a cleaning at best!! they wanted $14.00 for some lame breakfast buffet...save your time and money and bypass this place!!!

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1  Thank gizmo679
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

We had heard rave reviews about the soup at Summer Kitchen. Unfortunately, the food, the atmosphere and the service were all only passable at best.

Everything about The Summer Kitchen Restaurant feels dated -- and not in a charming vintage way. The inside portion of the restaurant looks like it needs a good scrubbing so much so that we elected to sit outside.

The service was very slow and we each only ordered sandwiches and the soup bar. The soup I picked was extraordinarily thick -- probably because it had been sitting out so long -- and was very salty and not particularly flavorful. My husband described his soup as tasting like it was straight out of a Campbell's can.

I think this may have once been a great restaurant but it's really not any more. The food is at best OK and the prices are quite high, especially for what you get.

2  Thank momtotwingirls
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

My family and I ate here for the lunch buffet that a friend had raved about. We found the soups on the buffet to be lukewarm at best, and worried that the food was not being kept at a safe enough temperature. Service was slow as far as ordering and getting our beverages - milk, water, tea. We would not return because of fear that the soup is not kept hot enough to kill bacteria - that soup is out all day long.

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1  Thank Frequenttraveler082
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Reviewed June 21, 2009

The restaurant itself is so quaint--picket fence, antiques mingled with beautiful gardens. The food was very good and the server was fun. I had the special of the day, which included a yummy home-made soup, 1/2 a reuben (great bread, great meat, not greasy), fresh fruit, and bread pudding with cherry sauce for dessert. mmmmm. Hubby had grilled tuna salad, which was wonderful--they actually grill the tuna salad, then put it on sourdough bread with a tomato, and grill that. A new recipe for us! A little pricey, but well worth it for the fresh ingredients and excellent preparation.

I'll attach some photos for you. Also, next door is a kitschy antique store that is fun, as well as shops across the road.

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Thank purplehatartist
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