i've been traveling in michigan for the last month, and have become pretty disenchanted with the local cuisine. coming from philadelphia, which is blessed with a fabulous restaurant scene, the last weeks have been tough. i've been all over the lower peninsula, and yes--ann arbor had a few good places, but despite the farmland all around there seems to be a serious lack of fresh vegetables (much less generally fresh, healthy food) available. i was all set to write off michigan when--thanks to the chowhound board!--i stumbled on guido's in saginaw while there for a few days. and was damn happy i did, cause i was afraid i was close to coming down with scurvy. but chef paul saved me!
first night i had the handmade deep-dish pizza, which was delish, plus a house salad which was fresh, lively, large, and mercifully free of any bacon- or cream-based dressing. i wanted to hug chef paul. got take out the second night--a simple and simply yummy grilled turkey club with provolone?, artichokes & tomatoes, all on fresh-baked bread. chef paul also slipped me a few soups to try--tomato basil & another... am blanking... but i think it was made with gruyere, maybe potato? i just remember licking my spoon thinking "pure delicious sin in a cup."
so tri-city residents, take heart and support your local fella. he's doing a great job. my only regret is that i didn't make it back a third time, but if i'm in saginaw again, you'll know where to find me.