Hi friends! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy crossing things off my summer bucket list, and that (in combination with work and everything else that comes up in life) has left me with little time to post! Hoping to get back into regular posting again now, starting with this entry today on a fabulous little deli in Grand Haven called Did’s Deli & Catering.
Did’s Deli & Catering is located just off US31, though it’s sort of tucked away off of the main part of the cross street (Jackson). The deli has a simple, charming atmosphere, along with a menu filled with sandwiches, salads and soups.Chad tends to get their reuben, which has honestly got to be one of the best reubens I’ve ever had. But despite repeatedly enjoying tastes of the reubens Chad gets, I always get something else: a fantastic sandwich on sour dough heaping with ham, hard salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and an Italian sauce. I guess the sandwich isn’t called a Bigga John for nothing.
Most of the sandwiches offered can come in wholes or halves, but the Bigga John can only be ordered as a whole. Since the Bigga John is so big, I tend to eat part for lunch, and save the other half for later. I was super excited to have a Dog n’ Suds with my sandwich when I went the other day. I had been biking around town and the root beer was a perfect beverage for refreshment to go along with my hearty sandwich.
Did’s Deli also sells loaves of its bread, and I’ve been tempted to indulge in a loaf of that wonderful sour dough bread I always get. *sighs longingly*Did’s Deli has been a family-owned restaurant for over thirty years. If you’re ever in Grand Haven, I definitely recommend stopping by to either eat in or grab a great sandwich for a picnic (or to bring to Odd Side Ales to have with a beer…!).
Earlier this week we finally got out to Vander Mill Ciders in Spring Lake, MI for lunch. I had heard good things about Vander Mill Cider and their food from a coworker, so I was excited to give it a try.
The inside of Vander Mill is very spacious, with simple, natural decor.
I loved the pretty little table settings!
I decided to go with their Perpetual Blizzard IPA to drink, and I was not disappointed! As described on their menu, the IPA had a “hoppy, fresh orange aroma followed by clean malt and fruit flavors with a slightly peppery orange finish.” Can I please have 5 more? Just joking. Mostly.
To eat, we chose the Purple Pig pizza. At first we were leery of trying it because of the cabbage (which is funny considering all the wild pizza toppings we’ve tried in Japan!), but the friendly waitress convinced us to give the pizza a try and we were glad we did.
Mmm, roasted pork shoulder, a garlic Béchamel, fresh Winesap apple, local honey, sliced cabbage and mozzarella cheese!
Chad and I split the pizza, but we couldn’t even finish half of it because it was so filling! (We may or may not have finished it off for dinner, though 😉 )
We had a great first experience at Vander Mill Ciders, and would like to go back to try more of their ciders, as well as other items off of their very appealing menu! Have you tried any new restaurants lately?
Yesterday I met one of my coworkers for lunch at a restaurant called Nanjaro?, which I think roughly translates to, “What is it?” Chad stumbled upon the cozy diner about a year or so ago, and we just keep coming back.
Every time Chad and I go to Nanjaro?, we order the katsukare: pork cutlet fried in a layering of flour, egg & panko (Japanese bread crumbs) with a side of rice and Japanese curry. Often this type of dish feels way too heavy, but at Nanjaro? the katsu is very light and flaky without a lot of oil, the curry has a really lovely consistency with bits of tender beef throughout, and the rice is buttery without being overpowering.
I recommended the katsukare to my coworker, and as you can see, she enjoyed it–she gave me about the cheesiest smile ever! 😉
The atmosphere in Nanjaro? is comfy–there is a checkered wall in the kitchen and wooden walls throughout the rest of the place. There is seating at a counter or at one of three big wooden barrels, without much space between the counter and the barrels. The staff always remembers Chad and I, which could be because foreigners probably don’t frequent the restaurant often since its outside the main part of the city, but I like to think it’s because they truly just remember and appreciate our business. And man, do we ever appreciate theirs!
Nanjaro?, please come to Michigan?