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Gourmet on the Lake

Mouthwatering dishes, excellent service and panoramic lake views

By Mandy Braviroff

Widely known in our region as one of the best restaurants in Sandpoint, Forty-One South proudly exhibits award-winning service and gourmet dishes that are crafted around bold Pacific Northwest flavors. When first stepping inside, you will be immediately greeted by the warmth of the eclectic lodge interior, the friendly service and the scenic views of gorgeous Lake Pend Oreille. While offering guests comfortable and romantic indoor dining year-round, Forty-One South also offers its summertime guests multiple outdoor patios and easy access boat-up docks for the lake-time visitors. It's the perfect place to soak up the panoramic sunset view and enjoy one of the many savory dishes they have to offer.

Presenting visitors a fresh, seasonal menu, that is locally sourced as much as possible, allows Forty-One South to create new dishes that are true to its location in beautiful North Idaho. Main-course dishes such as the Buffalo Meatloaf, the Duck Confit and the popular Steelhead Trout are just a few of the creative and inviting options offered here. Pair one of your meals with a cocktail or a glass of wine from their extensive drink menu, which offers hundreds of wines from all over the world. Be sure to save room for dessert, which offers diners simple and delicious choices that combine sweet and savory flavors such as the Peanut Butter Mousse cake or the Southern-Style Bread Pudding. Don't worry, Forty-One South also provides a tasty children's menu that is focused around healthy and delicious options that even picky eaters will enjoy.

Cassandra Cayson has owned Forty-One South for 10 years now and takes pride in the service that she and her team consistently provide to their year-round visitors. With a constant drive to bring in fresh menu ideas while keeping to the traditions they have made for themselves, Forty-One South aims to please the palates of those who enjoy the tastier things in life. Classic culinary techniques, blended together with the desire to satisfy the masses, helps Forty-One South deliver a unique flavor to their dishes. Their plating is done in a meticulous way, making the meal almost too gorgeous to even eat. Almost. It's sort of a “superlative experience” in whole, you could say, where a divine combination of culinary ambrosia meets the palate.

Forty-One South also provides full-service on- or off-site catering for weddings and special events, making this a great place when seeking to gather with family and friends. It's more than a meal here at Forty-One South; it's an experience, and anyone living in the Northwest should visit at least once. Hours vary by season, and reservations are recommended to guarantee a perfectly orchestrated dining experience, so please call ahead.

Next time you are in the area, be sure to take the short drive over the long bridge and see what everyone’s talking about at Forty-One South.

Forty-One South at The Lodge at Sandpoint

41 Lakeshore Dr.



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