A long, brown, boat-shape building with a mini golf course attached to one side, Karl’s Cuisine doesn’t exactly scream “Great food!” at first sight. But, this is definitely a place you don't want to miss when in Sault Ste. Marie.
Karl’s serves lunches and dinners using locally sourced products and ingredients as much as possible. Both menus are largely similar and feature gourmet sandwiches, salads, pizzettes, pasties and strombolis; dinner ups the ante with steak, pasta, chicken and fish (the maple-planked whitefish is a often-ordered selection). The tried-and-true pasty recipes have been handed down from owner Karl Nelson’s grandmother, which explains why they’re so good. Vacationers have been known to order several of the strombolis to take home, and we can see why—the dough that encases the fillings is delicious and so light that it practically melts in your mouth.
The best seats in the house are the tables by the front windows, where you’re likely to see a barge or other massive ship gliding past along the St. Mary’s River (20 to 30 vessels pass by each day). Karl’s also operates a winery, and the eatery showcases these Superior Coast varietals. While the wine operation isn’t open for touring, patrons are still welcome to sample the wares at a wine bar in the restaurant during tasting hours. FYI, the mini golf course attached to the restaurant is an entirely separate business entity. If you want to practice some putting before or after your meal, feel free to pay a visit.