Linden Bar Hop
422 Hancock St. Saginaw, MI 48602
If you’re looking for a high class sandwich and salad in Saginaw, look no further than Falias. The deli sandwiches here are to die for, especially anything on their fresh ciabatta bread. Meat lovers need to try their flank steak sandwich. The vegetables are garden fresh, and the steak is cooked to perfection. They also put a generous share of Havarti cheese on the sandwich, making this one of their best dishes. You’ll find other classics like a great tuna salad sandwich and a mean pork belly sandwich. The ambiance is pretty nice here. The restaurant is clean, spacious and full of bright paint and natural sunlight.
4002 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603
Coco Loco is one of Saginaw’s most popular Mexican restaurants. They specialize in Tex-Mex, so while you won’t find the most authentic dishes, you’ll find all sorts of filling grub. The chimichangas are the crowd favorite, and the chicken fajita chimichanga is out of this world. With a huge side of refried beans and perfectly seasoned Mexican rice, this is a must-try for newcomers. The margaritas are world class too. Great food, stellar drinks and a gorgeous Mexican ambiance are what make this restaurant shine.
114 N Michigan Ave. Saginaw, MI 48602
Here we have a marvelous Asian fusion restaurant. Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, all the classic staples of Asian cuisine are front and center at Pasong’s. If you’re a bit unfamiliar with Thai food, their Pad Thai is one of the best around. And if you like spice, this place is a must. The curry chicken is a world of sensations, so be sure to order it a couple notches below usual since this place knows how to pack on the spice. For a great soup, give their pho a shot. The broth in this soup is amazing, and the vegetables and toppings they use are incredibly fresh.
Savoy Bar & Grill
127 S Franklin St. Saginaw, MI 48607
For great pub food, you won’t find better than Savoy. The Philly cheesesteaks are the main attraction here. With perfectly cooked and seasoned steak strips and perfectly melted cheese, this hoagie is miles ahead of the competition. While salads and sandwiches are the specialties here, you can find all sorts of good cooking. Their French onion soup is perfect for a cold Saginaw day, and the burgers are enough to fill anybody up. While there’s a full bar, the drink choices aren’t all that varied, but they do have seasonal brews on tap, so be sure to check out the drinks menu.
3870 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603
Although Pasong’s is an Asian fusion restaurant, they’re a bit scant on their Japanese offerings. Luckily, Genji picks up where they left off. The hibachi chefs here are wonderful. There’s a good amount of variety with the hibachi ingredients, so nearly anybody can make themselves the perfect meal. Their sushi is a big hit as well. From simple rolls like their Philadelphia roll to specialities like their Cupid roll, the sushi chefs are on to something here. You can’t find fresher sushi in Saginaw than at Genji’s. Avoiding cliched Japanese decor, the restaurant instead offers a peaceful, spacious ambiance.
110 S Hamilton St. Saginaw, MI 4860
If you’re familiar with tapas, give this place a shot. If not, it’s a good place to start. The tapas are small dishes of speciality foods. This is a great idea for an appetizer with your drink. The pork satay tapa is a must for ethnic food lovers, while the salmon crostini is great for seafood lovers. But this place is a bar at heart, so expect good drinks from Retro Rocks. And it gets packed on the weekends, so be sure to give it a shot if you’re looking for an exciting night out.