ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Finding a filling but good meal for under $10 in Ann Arbor can be tricky. Here are ten of our favorites restaurants in and around Ann Arbor that serve up some meals for $10 (before tax and tip).
A Ypsilanti transplant, Dalat offers a variety of under $10 deals. Its lunch special offers multiple cheap eats for around $9 while vegetarian entrees and some noodle-based dishes on the dinner menu range between $8 and $10.
Tucked into the Westgate Shopping Center, Star’s Cafe has nostalgic and no-frills Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats. Shopping center visitors can stop in for the Mujaddara Plate ($8.50), a Riz Bi Har sandwich ($5.79) or Shawarma (around $6) as well as a bounty of appetizers and soups for well under $10.
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The small Packard St. shop offers fresh and Instragrammable eats. Customers can try a medium-sized, fruit-filled acai bowl ($10), avocado toast ($7) and a medium kale salad ($7.50 - the large is only $10.50) for lunch or as a midday refresher.
Nestled in Ann Arbor’s Northside, Seoul Street offers cheap Korean eats. For less than $10, hungry eaters can grab a full-size BiBimBop ($7.25), six boneless strips ($7.50), a full-size Kimchee or Soy Fried Rice ($8) or a Personal Combo ($9).
Grab some buns or a sammy for $10 or less. A downtown student favorite, Belly Deli serves up what it calls “honest food with an Asian flair” for a low price. Salads range from $7.50 to $10.50 while a pair of buns can be bought for $6 as a cheap afternoon snack.
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While most meat entrees at Ayse’s are above $10, vegetarian dishes sit right below that price point. A variety of budget-friendly side items like soups, salads and different pilav dishes can be also ordered and made into a creative meal.
Known for its good meats and rice bowl eats, Ricewood also serves up $10 Sandos. Meat eaters can try a pulled pork, smoked chicken salad or chopped beef sando starting at $10 and add extras like sesame cucumbers or chips for between $2 to $2.50.
No cheap eats list is complete without a stop at Fleetwood Diner. A downtown Ann Arbor go-to for cheap and filling eats, the menu has plenty of items served in huge portions that don’t break the bank (or leave you with room for dessert). Order breakfast any time of the day or stop by for some greasy-spoon goodness after a night out.
With a $10 lunch special, Curry On offers a lot for very little and is a regular lunchtime staple among northsiders, hungry University of Michigan students and busy professionals. The weekday special consists of a choice of curry, rice, a kati roll and a drink.
A menu brimming with cheap eats, Neopapalis offers personal 12-inch Neapolitan cheese pizzas costing between $7 and $10 until 4 p.m. Additional toppings cost $1 to $2 each. Those thinking of adding some greens to their diet can buy a salad or sandwich starting at $7.