Posted by: mdprincing | December 15, 2010

When I fall in love…with a burger

Welcome to the first entry of Eat, Live, Play Mid Michigan.  Here we will share life experiences and things to do, places to go and where to eat in our beautiful Mid Michigan area.  You won’t hear about big corporate stores, restaurants or productions but good old locally owned and operated joints, back to our roots.  It may be about entertainment, food, cocktails, recreation or a company profile, but it will definitely be about Mid Michigan and our people.  I will add entries and ask that you share others or your own with me to post and make this OUR site to exploit all that is great in our world.  I hope you Enjoy.

The Christmas season is upon us and on one wonderful night of shopping we needed to find some dinner along the way.  This particular night found us in area surrounding the Bay Rd. and Tittabawasee Rd. corridor in Saginaw and Kochville Townships.

Our choice wasn’t random by any means.  We chose this restaurant because we had a gift card, no more  thought necessary.  We had dined here before and enjoyed it so it made sense, however we took a different approach to dinner that night.

We chose Harvey’s Grill and Bar ( which has two locations.  We dined at the Saginaw location but have enjoyed the Bay City location as well, it is on Wilder Rd near the Bay City Mall.  On this cold and blustery night Harvey’s was a good choice as they have many fireplaces throughout to keep us warm and offer some ambiance to a rather attractive eatery.  Who would on known you could turn an old mexican restaurant into this.  It was after 8pm so it wasn’t overly crowded but a nice crowd it was.  Our service was terrific and she was very helpful with our questions about the menu and used real life experiences to help us decide, kind of truth in advertising.  We didn’t have to wait long and our water  glasses were never empty, a big score in my book.

I love a good burger, and I am quite particular, nothing fancy but must be a good handmade juicy concoction on quality roll with fresh ingredients.  We went off the chart on this night, choosing to go with a very different take on the classic.  We chose the  Bacon, Balsamic and Bleu burger.  Oh, my!  What a taste, what a meal, what a joy!  It combined a perfect beef patty grilled to perfection topped with sautéed mushrooms, crispy bacon, bleu cheese and a spring mix of greens on a Kaiser bun, all this was drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.  This was out of this world delicious and the fries that accompanied it where crispy like they should be.  My wife and I split this burger along with a great appetizer and were stuffed and completely satisfied.  We washed this great meal down with a draft beer for me and a glass of wine for her.

From what I can gather about Harvey’s is that Brent Harvey is the proprietor.  The history is a story if you care to read it.  It starts in London and ends up in New York before a time of seclusion in the UP by characters that can’t cook, flirtatious wives, business moguls, lovers of corn liquor and women of questionable morals before it ends up in the Tri Cities.  It is said that Brent recently emerged from seclusion to bring the family recipes to the good people of Mid Michigan.  Enjoy, we sure did.



  1. We also like Harvey’s. I recieve their e-mails and get some good coupons but am never able to use them because we rarely get to Saginaw. Bleu cheese burgers are one of my fave’s, will try that next when I’m there. Could quite possibly be this weekend. I’ll have to check my e-mail and see what deals they have:)

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