It was a coupon purchased through a public TV auction that led to four of us trying Cafe Soeurette for an evening meal. The restaurant will soon celebrate its 6th anniversary in business. (We immediately recognized the location since we had eaten there years ago when it was a Mexican Restaurant.)
We learned that the Cafe serves soup and sandwiches during lunch in a small area on the street level. The evening meal is served downstairs in the basement of the building. Fortunately, we were seated near glass doors that led to a small outdoor dining area that borders the river. The light coming through the doors brightened our table area.
The menu included approximately a dozen options that were not your usual restaurant fare. Our order included two spinach/beet/walnut salads, a pork loin dish, and salmon that was served on top of chopped brussel sprouts and a layer of mashed potatoes. Everything was fresh, tasty, and artistically prepared. The coffee used at the restaurant comes from the Cedarburg Roastery and is served in hefty cups.
Since we didn't want to overdo it, we looked at the dessert menu but didn't order anything even though the peanut butter cheesecake was tempting.
Our waitress was friendly and helpful, especially when it came to describing the dishes that were of interest to us. Entrees ranged from approximately $18 - $22. Being a weeknight when we visited, it wasn't surprising that only five other tables were in use. We checked out the spacious bar area as we were leaving. A drum set in the corner indicated to us that there are times when bands perform.
If there is one thing I could change about the restaurant, I would say it deserves a better location than a basement.
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