State Side Deli – Melt in your mouth good!

Storefront of State Side Deli in Okemos MIFor Michigan agility competitors, a road often traveled is I-96 between the West and East side of the state. If you’re hungry during this drive, State Side Deli is a restaurant that will satisfy far beyond traditional fast food.

The deli and restaurant serves fresh salads, homemade soups, hot corned beef sandwiches, and breakfast anytime. I ordered a hot corned beef sandwich on gluten free bread to go, since I had dogs in the car and it was warm out that day. It came within just a few minutes, in an insulated container.


The Kettle offers home cooked goodness

Large sign for The Kettle Family Restaurant in Clearwater Minnesota> See more local restaurants near St. Cloud/Clearwater MN

My last stop in Clearwater MN after trialing at the CACM agility trial  and staying at the St. Cloud/Clearwater RV Park was to have lunch at The Kettle Family Restaurant. They have a tall, highly visible sign, one where the message can be changed letter by letter. Quite pricey for a family restaurant. But they do have to compete with Nelson Bros. a few doors down, which must be no easy task.


Nice complex, bad experience at Nelson Bros’ Restaurant, Clearwater MN

Sign for Nelson Bros Restaurant and Bakery in Clearwater MN

> See more local restaurants near Clearwater/St. Cloud Minnesota

From searches on the Internet to recommendations by new friends at the CACM Agility Trial in St. Cloud, it was clear that a must-go-to restaurant in the area was Nelson Bros’ Restaurant & Bakery in the Clearwater Travel Plaza. The complex includes a sit-down restaurant, pub, bakery, food court, and gift shop that all operate separately.


Elvira’s Mexican Restaurant, Sanford MI

Roadsign for ElVira's Mexican Restaurant in Sanford, MI

About a mile from TNT in Midland, MI is an authentic Mexican restaurant called Elvira’s. The casual passer by might dismiss the place when driving along 829 E. Saginaw Road: the building looks small, with a dirt parking area. The road sign and building trim are both in need of a paint refresh. But looks are deceiving when it comes to what Elvira’s has to offer.


Sanford Lake Bar & Grill, Sanford MI

Sanford Lake Bar & Grill buildingNot far from TNT in Midland is a local favorite eatery called Sanford Lake Bar & Grill. The food is a few notches up from traditional bar food as they offer dinners complete with baked potato and salad bar.

Rick Fleming opening entrance door to Sanford Lake Bar & Grill, Sanford, MIThe night before the April, 2017 agility trial at TNT, I was joined for dinner with agility peeps Jackie Fleming, her husband (and trial photographer) Rick Fleming, and Nancy Brissette. Some popular favorites here are the prime rib and lobster bisque, although we all opted for other dinners or pizza. Several of us visited the salad bar, which had traditional salad toppings, as well as side salads and a few desserts. Everything was tasty, service was excellent, and the environment surprisingly quiet enough to enjoy good conversation despite the crowd.