I had friends from Kansas up for Labor Day weekend. Ruth, Jake and Otis love BBQ and beer, and I knew exactly where we should go on Sunday afternoon… Sawyer!
Sawyer is about a 45 minute drive from South Bend, up near Lake Michigan. It is home to a massive garden center, an adorable coffee shop, and most importantly, Greenbush Brewery. Greenbush brews their own huge selection of fantastic beers and makes the best brisket north of Texas. The joique wings are delicious, especially if you like to bring the heat. And I am particularly obsessed with their cornbread.
There is always a long wait to get a spot in the main restaurant—everyone this side of Chicago knows how good the food is. If you are in a rush, you can get beer and sausages at the annex across the street. But if you have the afternoon to spare, get your name in for a table at the main restaurant, enjoy a beer, buy some Michigan swag at the garden center and wait for the brisket. It is worth it.
Greenbush is kid friendly (except for the long waits) and even has a dish or two that’ll satisfy the vegetarians in your family. On the way home, stop off for some shopping in Three Oaks, which merits its own post (or…er… three…)