I was so very excited to stroll down to Sobie’s, the new farm to table restaurant in Oconomowoc. Located in the center of downtown Oconomowoc’s popular stretch of Wisconsin Avenue with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops surrounding it. I was lucky enough to be on a fantastic date, with my Dad, for a beautiful Saturday night dinner. I walked in to Sobie’s and was amazed to see the transformation from when it was previously Mia Bella’s Tanning Salon. What a difference!
The decor was gorgeous, and the lighting was great. It was a bustling Saturday evening, but our hostess was prompt and sat us quickly, even after my dad requested a table that was easier for him to get in to and out of. After we were seated our server Amy greeted us. She was friendly and personable and quickly fetched me a craft drink menu after I requested one (the beer and wine list was presented when we were seated). She gave us a few minutes to read over the menus and came back to take our drink orders, I got their house Mule and my dad got an Old Fashioned (he’s a new cheesehead, so he orders an Old Fashioned every time we go out). While taking our drink orders she went over the days specials, both appetizers, and entrees.
There were a ton of them (I only wish there would have been a printed sheet to refer to, or somewhere easy to view them as they all sounded so tasty and it takes me forever to make up my mind. In fact I have an app of my phone “coin flip” to help me make up my mind sometimes). Amy came back quickly with our drinks and took our orders for both appetizers and dinner. She was so incredibly attentive and always had her eye on our table (my father, goodness gracious I love him, is a needy man…ex-surgeon).
Ready to Feast On This
Our appetizers came out in a timely fashion, and let me tell you, the seared tuna with avocado salsa was extraordinary, which keep in mind was a special, but in my opinion should be a permanent fixture on their menu. I only wish I could have gotten a photo before my Dad devoured half of it (can you picture my eye roll?). Second best was the Quack, Quack, Quack, which is fries topped with duck confit, gravy and a duck egg. It was tender and moist, the gravy over top was thoroughly infused with thyme and to top it all off the duck egg oozed down to coat every last morsel.
Once we finished our appetizers Amy quickly cleared our plates. I asked for a glass our Chardonnay with my dinner and my dad asked for a glass our Merlot. They were brought to us just a few minutes later. My Dad and I were able to chat for a bit before dinner was served and sip on our wine (granted it was a bit loud in there, but I do know that Sobie’s is aware of this issue and is taking steps to resolve it). As our dinner was being served I asked Amy if there was by chance a Chardonnay that was a bit oakier, and she quickly assured me she knew exactly which wine to get. She delivered it and we quickly dug in to our dinner. And let me tell you the Porterhouse steak my Dad ordered was the star. Rich in cumin flavor and cooked exactly as he requested, medium, – I may have eaten a good portion of it…whoops. Once we couldn’t shove anything else in our mouths dinner was cleared.
Dessert Is What Dreams Are Made Of
Amy then presented us with our dessert options, there was no way I could imagine eating another bite. That is, until she mentioned creme brûlée. Well shoot, I guess we’re going to have to find an extra few inches in our stomachs to enjoy these. My dad got the rose lavender creme brûlée and I got the chai creme brûlée. I hate to say this, but these desserts completely stole the show! I could eat that chai creme brûlée every single night with out question. As we were finishing up our meal, my Dad motions to Amy to come over, and she does. He says to her, “there are good waitresses, and there are extraordinary waitresses – and you are extraordinary.” (and she was). It’s been just over a month since they opened, so I know, as with any restaurant or business there are always kinks to work out. I can’t wait to see what comes of them 6 months from now. Stay posted! So, ladies (and the few) gents out there – I’d say, go on down, make your reservations and give Sobie’s a taste.
123 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066
Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Monday: 11am – 9pm
Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
HI Guys! I’m Natasha, a lovely mommy in her 30’s. I’m in the most beautiful relationship with my boyfriend, Jason, and together we live in Oconomowoc with our two goofy goldendoodles – Honey & Softy, and my 6 year-old son, the light of my life – Reilly. I’m originally from Dubuque, Iowa, and previously lived on the East Coast for about a decade, but I am so happy to call Lake Country my home. My love of cooking, baking and food started very young with parents who loved to explore new flavors and cultures, as well as having a mom that operated a chocolate shop before I was born. In my free time I absolutely love trying and creating new recipes – mostly sweet, but love to dive into the Asian flavor profiles of the savory dishes. I also love learning about wine, enjoying the arts, practicing yoga, sipping a good cup of coffee and traveling. I fell in love with my boyfriend in the kitchen and I hope I can make you fall in love with the recipes and food knowledge I’ll be sending your way as a contributor for The Lake Country Mom. // Follow her blog, Love in An Oven // Facebook // Instagram