I usually don’t watch Andrew Zimmerman because he eats strange stuff like snake legs or octopus testicles, but when he does a show in the Upper Peninsula I gotta watch it. As a lifelong troll, I am familiar with pasties, and of course he showed pasties on his show, but when he went to a bar in Ishpeming to get a cudighi sandwich I was intrigued. I never knew about them. They are made with spicy Italian sausage made into a patty and cooked on a flat top like a hamburger. Then served on a roll with marinara sauce and cheese.
I saw on the googles that Vango’s in Marquette was known for their cudighi so I had to stop and try one on my last trip to God’s Country. At Vango’s, besides the sauce and cheese, you can get it with grilled onions, mushrooms, and peppers. I also had to upgrade to the waffle fries. They also give you some ranch dipping sauce. It was really good. It was spicy but not too spicy, and the ranch dipping sauce paired nicely with the flavor of the sausage. The cheese was nice and melty ( if that is a word). It was a little messy but then again the best foods usually are. I loved the seasoned waffle fries, and best of all it was only $11 with a drink. I have spent more than that for a meal at most fast food places. The people sitting next to me got a pizza, and that looked really good too.
If you are ever in Marquette and you want a great meal at a reasonable price be sure to stop at Vango’s, at 927 North Third street not far from Northern Michigan University. Besides Italian food, they have a good selection of Greek and American cuisine on the menu. you can visit their website HERE
After writing this now I am hungry for a cudighi sandwich, have you had one? and what other restaurants do you know that serves them? please post a comment I hope I can find one closer to home.
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