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12 Affordable Restaurants in Ann Arbor

Where to eat for $10 or less

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Finding a great meal is easy when money isn't a concern, but doing so on a budget can be a challenge. But just because a meal is affordable, doesn't mean you have to forgo taste and quality.

Ann Arbor's status as a college town means that there are plenty of choices geared towards students nearly empty wallets and big appetites. Don't expect to find your standard fast-food fare on the map. Many of these spots are independently-owned eateries. From tacos to pizza and sandwiches, below find 12 culinary gems that not only serve delicious food but ensure that their patrons feel full for as little as $10 or less.

What are your essential spots for an inexpensive bite in Ann Arbor? Let us know in the comments TwitterFacebook, or community forums. Eater Detroit map points are organized geographically and never ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. SONGBiRD Cafe

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2707 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 761-1555
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The nondescript outside belies Songbird's cozy interior filled with warm earth tones and vintage touches. This Northside cafe serves up affordable coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches, often with unique twists and the weekend brunch is one of the best in Ann Arbor.

2. Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky

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1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2437
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Meatlovers flock to this charming shop for its sausages, jerky, and bacon, all produced in-house. For lunch, grab one of Biercamp's pulled pork sandwiches, smoked sloppy joes, or bratwursts. Beer is available to wash it down or, if work beckons, in growlers for later.

3. Dimo's Deli & Bakery

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2030 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-7944
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While Dimo’s wide selection of donuts, massive omelets, and other breakfast specialties often steal the show, the hearty deli offerings including sandwiches are filled with quality meats and condiments, making them one of Ann Arbor’s best-kept secrets .

4. Taco King

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2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 585-5796
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Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites are available with several kinds of meat at this eatery located inside Tienda La Libertad — a Latin American grocery filled with hard-to-find items. It's an ideal spot to explore while that burrito gets prepared.

5. Ginger Deli

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303 S Division St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 332-1849
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A small walk-up window with a few seats in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Ginger Deli serves sensational Vietnamese food. Starting at $6, the banh mi is served on freshly-baked baguettes with flavorful herbs and vegetables. They're some of the best sandwiches in town.

6. Neo Papalis

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500 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 929-2227
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Traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas share the menu with innovative combinations such as the North Beach Bianca — white sauce, gorgonzola, figs, arugula, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette at Neo Papalis. The restaurant's giant stone oven produces a perfect crust in just a few minutes for when time is just as scarce as dollars.

7. Kang's Korean Restaurant

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1327 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-1327
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Kang’s has been a favorite of students and townies for almost 30 years. The eatery's vast selection of soups, stews, noodles, and other Korean specialties is highlighted by the hot stone bibimbap. The meat and veggies are served in a scorching-hot bowl that cooks the raw egg and creates a delectable crispy layer of rice on the bottom.

8. No Thai!

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1300 S University Ave Ste 3
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 222-8080
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In a just few short years, No Thai! has expanded to multiple locations, including one in East Lansing perhaps in the hope of fostering unity between the two rival college towns. Updated noodle dishes, curries, and fried rice are available in spice levels ranging from mild to “Death Touch”.

9. Tmaz Taqueria

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3182 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 477-6089
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Flavor and variety are represented well on the menu at this taqueria. The tacos and tortas come with a wide selection of meats — from the familiar grilled steak to Cochinita Pivil, a shredded pork hailing from the Yucatan Peninsula. The pozole, a spicy pork soup is a must-have.

10. Zingerman's Bakehouse

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3711 Plaza Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-2095
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The appearance of Zingerman’s on a cheap eats map is sure to come as a surprise to many. However, the industrial park-based creamery and coffeeshop Zingerman's Bakehouse serves a rotation of hearty soup bowls along with a piece of their famous bread and wallet-friendly prices. At $5.50 a pop, the price tag even leaves some extra dollars for a cookie or two.

11. Yee Siang Dumpling

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4837 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734-879-1459
Yee Siang's menu is filled with appetizers and entrees from all over East Asia, but it’s the namesake dumplings that are the main attraction. The handmade dumplings are filled with different kinds of meats and vegetables and are served in quantities of 10 and 18. While it may be tempting to order them boiled or steamed, the panfried versions are worth the extra calories.

12. Beezy's Café

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20 N Washington St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 485-9625
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Located in downtown Ypsilanti, Beezy’s has quickly become a favorite of diners looking for a good meal in a friendly atmosphere. Breakfast items, baked goods, and sandwiches are all prepared using fresh, local ingredients with a focus on simplicity. All menu items are under $8.

1. SONGBiRD Cafe

2707 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The nondescript outside belies Songbird's cozy interior filled with warm earth tones and vintage touches. This Northside cafe serves up affordable coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches, often with unique twists and the weekend brunch is one of the best in Ann Arbor.
2707 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

2. Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky

1643 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Meatlovers flock to this charming shop for its sausages, jerky, and bacon, all produced in-house. For lunch, grab one of Biercamp's pulled pork sandwiches, smoked sloppy joes, or bratwursts. Beer is available to wash it down or, if work beckons, in growlers for later.
1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3. Dimo's Deli & Bakery

2030 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
While Dimo’s wide selection of donuts, massive omelets, and other breakfast specialties often steal the show, the hearty deli offerings including sandwiches are filled with quality meats and condiments, making them one of Ann Arbor’s best-kept secrets .
2030 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

4. Taco King

2231 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites are available with several kinds of meat at this eatery located inside Tienda La Libertad — a Latin American grocery filled with hard-to-find items. It's an ideal spot to explore while that burrito gets prepared.
2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

5. Ginger Deli

303 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
A small walk-up window with a few seats in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Ginger Deli serves sensational Vietnamese food. Starting at $6, the banh mi is served on freshly-baked baguettes with flavorful herbs and vegetables. They're some of the best sandwiches in town.
303 S Division St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

6. Neo Papalis

500 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas share the menu with innovative combinations such as the North Beach Bianca — white sauce, gorgonzola, figs, arugula, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette at Neo Papalis. The restaurant's giant stone oven produces a perfect crust in just a few minutes for when time is just as scarce as dollars.
500 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Kang's Korean Restaurant

1327 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Kang’s has been a favorite of students and townies for almost 30 years. The eatery's vast selection of soups, stews, noodles, and other Korean specialties is highlighted by the hot stone bibimbap. The meat and veggies are served in a scorching-hot bowl that cooks the raw egg and creates a delectable crispy layer of rice on the bottom.
1327 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. No Thai!

1300 S University Ave Ste 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
In a just few short years, No Thai! has expanded to multiple locations, including one in East Lansing perhaps in the hope of fostering unity between the two rival college towns. Updated noodle dishes, curries, and fried rice are available in spice levels ranging from mild to “Death Touch”.
1300 S University Ave Ste 3
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Tmaz Taqueria

3182 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Flavor and variety are represented well on the menu at this taqueria. The tacos and tortas come with a wide selection of meats — from the familiar grilled steak to Cochinita Pivil, a shredded pork hailing from the Yucatan Peninsula. The pozole, a spicy pork soup is a must-have.
3182 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

10. Zingerman's Bakehouse

3711 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
The appearance of Zingerman’s on a cheap eats map is sure to come as a surprise to many. However, the industrial park-based creamery and coffeeshop Zingerman's Bakehouse serves a rotation of hearty soup bowls along with a piece of their famous bread and wallet-friendly prices. At $5.50 a pop, the price tag even leaves some extra dollars for a cookie or two.
3711 Plaza Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

11. Yee Siang Dumpling

4837 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Yee Siang's menu is filled with appetizers and entrees from all over East Asia, but it’s the namesake dumplings that are the main attraction. The handmade dumplings are filled with different kinds of meats and vegetables and are served in quantities of 10 and 18. While it may be tempting to order them boiled or steamed, the panfried versions are worth the extra calories.
4837 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

12. Beezy's Café

20 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Located in downtown Ypsilanti, Beezy’s has quickly become a favorite of diners looking for a good meal in a friendly atmosphere. Breakfast items, baked goods, and sandwiches are all prepared using fresh, local ingredients with a focus on simplicity. All menu items are under $8.
20 N Washington St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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