I know I wanted to use this blog for after retirement, but some things are just too good or too important to wait. One of our all time favorites, Ralph's Italian Deli in Ishpeming, Michigan is one of the true "secret gems" of the Upper Peninsula. An authentic Italian Deli in the immigrant YOOPER tradition, they serve some of the finest fare available anywhere. Don't let the modest location, parking, or exterior fool you! Not only do they serve a lunch and dinner menu and a meat counter, but they cater as well. From fresh breads to meats to sauces to cheeses, you will not leave empty handed! Everything is homemade and not a trip is made to the UP unless Barb and I stop and pick up some homemade marinara sauce, hot cudighi sausage, or grab a sandwich for the road. Located on US 41 west of Marquette just across from the US Ski Hall of Fame, this one is a keeper!