clock menu more-arrow no yes
3 summer rolls
The summer rolls at Ginger Deli
Ginger Deli

The Most Affordable Restaurants in Ann Arbor

Where to eat for $10 or less

View as Map
The summer rolls at Ginger Deli
| Ginger Deli

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 toward 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 13 culinary gems that not only serve delicious food but ensure that their patrons feel full for as little as $10 or less.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zingerman's Bakehouse

Copy Link
3711 Plaza Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 761-2095
Visit Website

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.

2. No Thai! S. Main

Copy Link
Big House location, 2276 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 369-2604
Visit Website

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”.

3. Biercamp Artisan Sausage & Jerky

Copy Link
1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2437
Visit Website

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.

4. Dimo's Deli & Bakery

Copy Link
2030 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-7944
Visit Website

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 .

5. Taco King

Copy Link
2231 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 585-5796
Visit Website

Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites are available with several kinds of meat at this eatery 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.

6. Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Copy Link
304 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 663-4590
Visit Website

Burgers with smashed patties have become wildly popular in the last few years and Blimpyburger has been serving up that style since 1953. There’s a wide variety of buns and toppings from which to choose, but the Peppersteak Bullet with its three patties, grilled peppers, onions, cheese, and ranch dressing is a must-have. 

7. Jerusalem Garden

Copy Link
314 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-5060
Visit Website

This casual Middle Eastern restaurant has been a downtown fixture for almost 35 years. Their menu features thirteen different sandwiches — vegetarian and with meat — under $8, which leaves enough for a side of decadently sweet baklava.

8. Joe's Pizza NYC

Copy Link
1107 S University Ave Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 213-5625
Visit Website

The original Joe’s Pizza is a Greenwich Village landmark whose Brooklyn-style pizza is considered one of the best in New York City. Its South University location opened in late 2019 and is its first venture outside of the Big Apple. Diners on a budget can grab two slices of their legendary pizza for under $10.

9. Songbird Cafe

Copy Link
2707 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 761-1555
Visit Website

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.

10. Tmaz Taqueria

Copy Link
3182 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 477-6089
Visit Website

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.

11. Yee Siang Dumpling

Copy Link
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 meats and vegetables and are served in quantities of 10 and 18. While it may be tempting to order them boiled or steamed, the pan-fried versions are worth the extra calories.

12. Ginger Deli

Copy Link
203 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 800-5145
Visit Website

Ginger Deli’s small downtown storefront serves sensational Vietnamese food for limited dine in or grab-and-go. Its banh mi is served on freshly-baked baguettes with flavorful herbs and vegetables and is among the best sandwiches in town. The fresh summer rolls are also a can’t-miss affordable option.

1. 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.

3711 Plaza Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

2. No Thai! S. Main

Big House location, 2276 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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”.

Big House location, 2276 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 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

6. Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

304 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Burgers with smashed patties have become wildly popular in the last few years and Blimpyburger has been serving up that style since 1953. There’s a wide variety of buns and toppings from which to choose, but the Peppersteak Bullet with its three patties, grilled peppers, onions, cheese, and ranch dressing is a must-have. 

304 S Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Jerusalem Garden

314 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This casual Middle Eastern restaurant has been a downtown fixture for almost 35 years. Their menu features thirteen different sandwiches — vegetarian and with meat — under $8, which leaves enough for a side of decadently sweet baklava.

314 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Joe's Pizza NYC

1107 S University Ave Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The original Joe’s Pizza is a Greenwich Village landmark whose Brooklyn-style pizza is considered one of the best in New York City. Its South University location opened in late 2019 and is its first venture outside of the Big Apple. Diners on a budget can grab two slices of their legendary pizza for under $10.

1107 S University Ave Suite B
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. 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

10. 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

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 meats and vegetables and are served in quantities of 10 and 18. While it may be tempting to order them boiled or steamed, the pan-fried versions are worth the extra calories.

4837 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

12. Ginger Deli

203 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ginger Deli’s small downtown storefront serves sensational Vietnamese food for limited dine in or grab-and-go. Its banh mi is served on freshly-baked baguettes with flavorful herbs and vegetables and is among the best sandwiches in town. The fresh summer rolls are also a can’t-miss affordable option.

203 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Related Maps