A Boy Named Sault Saint Marie

Blue Bottle drip coffee and a Bien Cuit demi baguette at Sault Ste. Marie.

Blue Bottle drip coffee and a Bien Cuit demi baguette at Sault Ste. Marie.

Dough Loco may have drifted away, relocating two very long blocks to the west, but in its wake has come Sault Ste. Marie, a lovely little cafe from the same owners.

SSMlogoIt’s located in the old Dough Loco spot, on the east side of Park Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets. In fact, they haven’t even bothered to take the sign down, which has proven to be a shrewd business move as it still draws plenty of locals in the door.

Like its beloved predecessor, Sault Ste. Marie serves Blue Bottle Coffee. But instead of fist-sized doughnuts, there’s a selection of breads and pastries from Bien Cuit. And more seating. The walls showcase some lovely Great Lakes ships, as the cafe is named after a port city on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. And the friendly staff, groovy tunes, and eclectic collection of customers all add to the ambiance, setting Sault Ste. Marie a cup ahead of the competition in all categories.