Lakefront views paired with fine cuisine
By Jillian Chandler
Photo by Doug Marshall
The combination of a beautiful location, warm atmosphere, delicious food and friendly professional service makes Forty-One South a destination for both locals and tourists. Located in Sagle, Idaho, just south of the Long Bridge, and housed next to the Lodge at Sandpoint, owner Cassandra Cayson is honored to be able to serve guests a truly unmatched dining experience unlike anywhere else in North Idaho.
“I am proud that Forty-One South is considered a ‘Sandpoint Staple’ now,” she smiles. “After many years of turnover ownership, it was not expected that we would make it past two years.” 2020 marked Forty-One South’s 10th anniversary, “And we are looking forward to the next 10!” Cassandra shares.
Cassandra is joined by Head Chef Michael Dabrowski, who brings his deep passion for food and knowledge of various cuisines to the table. Raised in Sandpoint, Michael fell in love with food creations as a young child. After attending the Seattle Culinary Academy and putting in years of hands-on kitchen work, including working with Chef Tom Douglas in Seattle, Michael returned to Sandpoint to continue his culinary career, joining Forty-One South in 2017.
Though they provide four seasonal menus throughout the year, many of the items remain on the menu year-round, such as the Caramelized Goat Cheese appetizer, the Stone Harbor Crab Bisque and the Smoked Filet. “About 50 percent of our menu changes, which allows us to work with ingredients and preparations that are appropriate for each season,” says Cassandra. “We also make all of our desserts in-house including Carrot Cake, Southern-Style Bread Pudding and Flourless Chocolate Torte, to name a few.”
The cuisine is complemented by a full bar and extensive wine list. If you’re undecided on what libation to indulge in, Cassandra recommends the Handmade Whiskey Sour or the Pend Oreille Sunset Martini. The wine list has more than 100 selections covering a large spectrum of varietals, regions and price ranges, with a strong influence from the Northwest. They also feature some of the amazing beers and wines from local Sandpoint purveyors.
The restaurant can accommodate approximately 70 guests in the main dining room, not including the bar/lounge and their private dining room—the perfect space for private groups up to 18 guests. During the summer months and when weather permits, the expansive outdoor patio can seat 150 patrons!
From in-house table service to takeout orders and custom family meals to-go, Cassandra and her team ensure you a memorable meal, no matter where, or how, you choose to enjoy it.
Cassandra attributes the continued success of Forty-One South over the past decade to her staff for their support, understanding and their continuous efforts, and to the Sandpoint community. “I think that is one of the best things about being in a small town—you never feel like you are just another business on a list.”
Dinner is served daily from 4:30 to 9pm (though hours are subject to change), with reservations strongly encouraged. Dining with a view doesn’t get much better than Forty-One South. It’s time to treat yourself.
“We love being your escape from the stresses of the day to just come relax, be taken care of, and enjoy an amazing meal,” smiles Cassandra.
41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle, ID