Little Italy Cafe & Deli

3305 NW River Rd
Sanford, 48657
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CLOSED Very good food. The place is not fancy, but the food is excellent. You will not be disappointed. We will definitely make this a frequent stop.
I thought I'd never find a decent Italian restaurant in Mid-Michigan. Who'd have thought I'd find it in the middle of nowhere down a back road in Sanford? It's a small, intimate place with only a few tables. Dinner reservations are a must. We began on a good note with an appetizer of warm crab bruschetta. I ordered the chicken capocollo; it was phenomenal. My date's alfredo carbonara -- apparently the chef's favorite -- was equally good. I also tasted a bit of my friend's stromboli. It had a nice flaky crust, but I'd stick to the specialty dishes. Ordering stromboli at such a nice restaurant felt wasteful. That said, the pizza at the table next to us looked amazing... Service was attentive. The whole place has this bizarre juxtaposition of very high-quality food with plastic cups, playing cards at your table, and diner-like exterior. It works though. If you can embrace it, this is in the running for the best place to eat in Mid-Michigan.
The food is still wonderful and you still need reservations (perhaps more now than ever), but some things have changed. Most notably, the food is now served on real plates and with real silverware. While the foam plates/bowls and plasticware did not bother me, it seemed to strike some people as odd. Now, the only disposable things on the table are the cups. Also, Chef Delite had a helper in the kitchen on my most recent visit, which seemed to help move things along in the kitchen despite the fact that the restaurant was completely packed when we were there. I'm not sure if this is a permanent/full-time change or was just a temporary thing. One other note: I've now had a few desserts from here -- chocolate mousse pie, chocolate layer cake and cannoli -- and I've enjoyed them all. My advice is to save half of your entree to take home so you have room in your stomach to have dessert with your meal (plus a second chance to enjoy your delicious dinner the next day!).

(989) 687-5212

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Max’s Place

2161 N Meridian Rd
Sanford, 48657
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I grew up in Midland and grew up on what was then Pizza King. I moved away in '89 and by brother and I still can't stop talking about the pizza rolls. Last night I just found out that the owners opened Max's in Sanford and it made my year!!! I plan on road tripping from Chicago just for 10 or so of the pizza rolls!!!
This pizza is amazing always fresh top quality ingredients. We love the cheese bread and try to eat here a few times a month. It so worth the little extra money and the drive compared to the processed, preservative filled pizza from all chain places.
We have always had excellent pizza from Max's. I prefer the regular crust but we also like the multi-grain crust. Sauce and topping's are always fresh. Service is excellent.

(989) 687-5552

Pizza

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Hometown Pizza

245 W Saginaw Rd
Sanford, 48657
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Good pizza. Great homemade bread if you can get it fresh. Wish they made it more often.

(989) 687-7713

Pizza

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Elvira’s Mexican Restaurant

829 E Saginaw Rd
Sanford, 48657
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Always reliable for great Chile rellenos and Tamale's. Some of the menu items are better than others, but this is always my go to Mexican place for mid Michigan.
If you like microwave mexican, then this place is for you. I stopped in while visiting my mother who lives in Sanford. High school white kids manning the front....not sure about the back. Napoleon Dynamite nachos!! It was pretty cheap though, I guess you get what you pay for.
I went to college in Midland and I can honestly say that I miss this place more than I miss college. Enchiladas, corn cake, Mexican cookie. That's really sums up everything. As an added bonus check out the owner and ZZ Top pictures around the restaurant!

(989) 687-6680

Mexican

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Sanford Lake Bar & Grill

3770 N Bailey Rd
Sanford, 48657
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Best Pizza I've had in quite awhile. Sweet dough with seseme seeds is incredible! Try the Deluxe!
Great atmosphere, food and drinks. Come Friday afternoons for the dollar drafts. Great food too - try the homemade jerkey, lobster bisque, buffalo burger and lake perch sandwich.
A great neighborhood "pub", lots of atmosphere, great bar food, and the owners/waitresses care about their customers!! They have the best Perch of anywhere I've ever had perch. I also enjoy their burgers, hot wings, perch sandwich, their deluxe pizza and their wet burrito!! Need I say more?? Their draft beer selection is a little weak for my taste, but they have great prices. Good selection of bottled beer. Staff is excellent and some, like Laurie and Mark, are just amazing.!.

(989) 687-5620

Bars, American (Traditional)

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Red Oak Family Restaurant & Lounge

322 W Saginaw Rd
Sanford, 48657
Reviews:
After hearing this restaurant was under new management it was suggested we eat here for Mother's Day brunch. What a horrible mistake!! Prior to sitting down the cheap, plastic table cloth was cleaned with bleach which left a horrible smell, not something I want to breathe in while eating. There were 7 in our party, two ordered soft drinks and the other 5 ordered water. Our server dropped off the soda and one pitcher of water and walked away, that was enough to give three of us drinks and the other two had to go without. We ended up having to flag down another server half way through our meal to bring us more water, my mother had to go to the server station and ask for a refill of her soda. NOT ONCE did our server come over and clear our plates, ask if we needed anything, get us enough beverages for everyone. We had to flag her down and ask for our checks. She was annoyed when we asked for separate checks. I have never had such horrible service. Sadly, the food was even worse. There was NO lettuce, there was stuff floating in all the dressings, the cheese was empty, the broccoli salad had no dressing on it. As for the hot food, I think fast food places have better eggs, the sausage was chewy, the French Toast was soggy. The deserts weren't appealing enough to even attempt to eat. To top it off two of us were up all night rushing to the bathroom, this wouldn't be such a big deal if one of them wasn't my 95 year old grandma. Due to the fact this is the only place we ate in common, there is no doubt in my mind the food was contaminated. The doors should be shut down on this place for good. Unless you want horrible service, disgusting food and want the chance of food poisoning...STAY AWAY!!

(989) 687-5501

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McDonald’s

2738 N Meridian Rd
Sanford, 48657
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(989) 687-9672

Fast Food, Burgers

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Lanny’s Restaurant

336 W Saginaw Rd
Sanford, 48657
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(989) 687-7358

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Alex’s Railside Restaurant

201 W Saginaw Rd
Sanford, 48657
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(989) 687-2880

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