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9 Affordable Ann Arbor Eats

A guide to eating cheap in A2.

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Ann Arbor may be a college town, but that doesn't mean there's only cheap bar food to be had. Sure there are the burgers-and-beers (and those are delicious), but stepping out of the pub, there are some different treasures to be found in this town. These 9 foodie finds won't break the bank.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seoul Street

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1771 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 719-0085
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Go for the hot Korean fried chicken but make sure to place your order before true hunger sets in. Orders can take up to 45 minutes, but the wait is completely worth it. The thighs are super filling — a personal combo of two wings or boneless strips and two drums or thighs under $10 could probably last for two meals. Make sure to grab lots of napkins. [Photo]

2. Northside Grill

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1015 Broadway St
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 995-0965
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A neighborhood favorite, especially among the med-school crowd, Northside serves up large portions of home-style breakfast and free coffee refills. Get two-eggs with hash browns and a toast or biscuit (go for the biscuit) for under $6. [Photo]

3. Ahmo's Gyros & Deli

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341 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-4445
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A college-town favorite, fresh Mediterranean dishes for a college-sized budget. Grinders and gyros under $6, and all kinds of calzones for under $8. Perhaps pair that chicken kabob sub with a $4 half Greek salad. [Photo]

4. Fleetwood Diner

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300 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-5502
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Nestled into downtown, this 24-hour spot is best known for its hippie hash: homemade hash browns with feta and all the veggies one could want in a late-night treat: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli. Get it with two eggs and toast for under $7. [Photo]

5. NeoPapalis

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500 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 929-2227
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Create your own pie at this fast-casual style pizza place, also offering made-to-order sandwiches and salads. A classic Margherita starts at $8 and will likely be more than enough for one for dinner. Or split that with a friend and get a huge customizable salad (ya know, to be healthy) starting at $6 with most non-meat toppings included. The ingredients are super fresh and the portions are anything but small. [Photo]

6. Iorio's Gelateria

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522 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 399-4844
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Already eating at Neopapalis? Then may as well head down the block for dessert at Iorio’s. With traditional and uniquely flavored gelato, make like a kid in a candy shop (or in this case a gelateria) and choose an interesting combination. Any size from piccolo (4 oz) to grande (8 oz) comes with unlimited flavors, and all are under $5. [Photo]

7. Lucky's Market

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Yes, it’s a supermarket chain, but the pizza and deli counter offer up some cheap and tasty prepared choices. Every Friday from 5 p.m. to close, 16-inch New York-style pizzas are $2 off and could easily be dinner and breakfast the next day. Free wine and beer samplings on Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively, make for a happy hour no-brainer. [Photo]

8. Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky

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1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2437
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Blink and miss this quaint shop selling artisan sausage, jerky, and barbecue. While Biercamp is open in the evenings, sandwiches often sell out, so a lunchtime excursion is a safer bet. Get a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich with local pickles for $7.99 or a sausage for $5. Already sold out? Grab one of the many, many cuts and flavors of jerky from the fridge: venison, bison, Jamaican Jerk pork, Michigan cherry, and maple beef, or one of the “smoke sticks” as an afternoon snack. [Photo]

9. Taco King

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2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 585-5796
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Nestled in the front of a Latin grocery store, these tacos are Mexican fast food at their best. Offering a varied selection of burritos, enchiladas, and of course, tacos. Tacos start at $2.25 with a choice of meat ranging from chicken to tripa (intestines) to chorizo. Vegetarians fear not, there is an abundant meatless menu as well. [Photo]

1. Seoul Street

1771 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Go for the hot Korean fried chicken but make sure to place your order before true hunger sets in. Orders can take up to 45 minutes, but the wait is completely worth it. The thighs are super filling — a personal combo of two wings or boneless strips and two drums or thighs under $10 could probably last for two meals. Make sure to grab lots of napkins. [Photo]
1771 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

2. Northside Grill

1015 Broadway St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
A neighborhood favorite, especially among the med-school crowd, Northside serves up large portions of home-style breakfast and free coffee refills. Get two-eggs with hash browns and a toast or biscuit (go for the biscuit) for under $6. [Photo]
1015 Broadway St
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

3. Ahmo's Gyros & Deli

341 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A college-town favorite, fresh Mediterranean dishes for a college-sized budget. Grinders and gyros under $6, and all kinds of calzones for under $8. Perhaps pair that chicken kabob sub with a $4 half Greek salad. [Photo]
341 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

4. Fleetwood Diner

300 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Nestled into downtown, this 24-hour spot is best known for its hippie hash: homemade hash browns with feta and all the veggies one could want in a late-night treat: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli. Get it with two eggs and toast for under $7. [Photo]
300 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

5. NeoPapalis

500 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Create your own pie at this fast-casual style pizza place, also offering made-to-order sandwiches and salads. A classic Margherita starts at $8 and will likely be more than enough for one for dinner. Or split that with a friend and get a huge customizable salad (ya know, to be healthy) starting at $6 with most non-meat toppings included. The ingredients are super fresh and the portions are anything but small. [Photo]
500 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Iorio's Gelateria

522 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Already eating at Neopapalis? Then may as well head down the block for dessert at Iorio’s. With traditional and uniquely flavored gelato, make like a kid in a candy shop (or in this case a gelateria) and choose an interesting combination. Any size from piccolo (4 oz) to grande (8 oz) comes with unlimited flavors, and all are under $5. [Photo]
522 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Lucky's Market

Ann Arbor, MI
Yes, it’s a supermarket chain, but the pizza and deli counter offer up some cheap and tasty prepared choices. Every Friday from 5 p.m. to close, 16-inch New York-style pizzas are $2 off and could easily be dinner and breakfast the next day. Free wine and beer samplings on Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively, make for a happy hour no-brainer. [Photo]

8. Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky

1643 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Blink and miss this quaint shop selling artisan sausage, jerky, and barbecue. While Biercamp is open in the evenings, sandwiches often sell out, so a lunchtime excursion is a safer bet. Get a slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich with local pickles for $7.99 or a sausage for $5. Already sold out? Grab one of the many, many cuts and flavors of jerky from the fridge: venison, bison, Jamaican Jerk pork, Michigan cherry, and maple beef, or one of the “smoke sticks” as an afternoon snack. [Photo]
1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Taco King

2231 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Nestled in the front of a Latin grocery store, these tacos are Mexican fast food at their best. Offering a varied selection of burritos, enchiladas, and of course, tacos. Tacos start at $2.25 with a choice of meat ranging from chicken to tripa (intestines) to chorizo. Vegetarians fear not, there is an abundant meatless menu as well. [Photo]
2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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