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Detroit 75 Kitchen in Southwest Detroit.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Detroit’s Best-Value Restaurants, Mapped

Where to find affordable and filling meals around town

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Detroit 75 Kitchen in Southwest Detroit.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

The auto industry culture in Detroit helped drive the evolution of the city's iconic affordable dish — the chili-drenched, mustard and onion-covered Coney dog. While today, the assembly lines are less prominent than they once were, the Motor City still thrives on a steady stream of inexpensive foods from grilled onions-topped sliders to corned beef egg roll mashups.

Find, here, a guide to some of the city's top destinations right now for an inexpensive meal. Some restaurants included serve individually thrifty items like sliders and hot dogs, while others deliver whole plates of food for under $10. From Venezuelan arepas to big slices of pizza, here is a bucket list of Detroit's classic and contemporary best-value restaurants serving affordable (and most importantly filling) bites.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gonellas Foods

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295 Oakwood
Detroit, MI 48217
(313) 841-3500
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Three-quarters of a century old Italian sub shop Gonella’s is situated in the Oakwood Heights area of Southwest Detroit. It maintains a loyal following for its deli sandwiches stacked with layer upon layer of meats and cheeses. Everything is topped with shredded lettuce and tomato. Customers can also pick up sides of marinated olives, mushrooms, pasta salad, and even cannoli.

2. Motz Burgers

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7208 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-9186
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Since 1929, Detroiters have turned to this Delray burger spot for budget-friendly sliders. Get the classic slider hamburger for $2 or splurge on the double cheeseburger, ringing in at $3.50. Be advised: It will probably take a few to fill up and make sure to bring cash.

3. Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado

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8065 w Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 652-5247
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This Springwells area taqueria stands out from its neighbors with a mix of dishes from Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. Choose from options like the taco molote filled with tender steak and shrimp or a crisp vampiro with beans, steak, cheese, and guacamole on a crispy tortilla. Most items are priced at less than $5 allowing customers to get a full meal and sample a few dishes for under $10. For a splurge meal, consider trying out the seafood tower served with crispy tostadas. Bonus: This spot is open late.

A taco molote and a vampiro sit next to a pile of pickled red onion on a styrofoam plate at Triángulo Dorado. Brenna Houck

4. El Rey de las Arepas

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7701 McGraw Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 307-2210

Visit this Venezuelan restaurant in Southwest for arepas — corn dough patties that are split in half and filled with meats, cheese, and other toppings. A basic arepa retails for a mere $6.50. Add meat and additional toppings for a few bucks more.

5. Telway Hamburgers

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6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 843-2146

Open 24/7, Telway is cure-all for the hungry but skint. Because just one of its thrifty sliders won’t do, the restaurant offers them four-to-a-bag for around $3.50. Add a cup of coffee for 45 cents. Don’t forget to bring cash.

6. Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno

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3149 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 899-4020

Find palm-sized, piping hot pupusas at this Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall. Each one comes stuffed with a choice of filling (cheese, meat, jalapenos, etc.) and a side of fermented cabbage slaw for less than $5.

7. Pollo Chapin

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2054 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-1885

Guatemalan carryout restaurant Pollo Chapin serves some of Detroit's finest fried chicken and is also one of the best bets for budget dining. Grab three pieces of fried chicken, two sides, and a roll for under $9 or try the enormous banana leaf-wrapped chicken tamal with cabbage salad and a roll for $6.25.

Fried chicken on a plate with black beans, a roll, and purple cabbage slaw. Brenna Houck

8. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3215
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Southwest gas station-adjacent food cart Detroit 75 Kitchen serves some of the best street food around at bargain prices. Pick up a wrap for $6 or a grilled sandwich on seeded bread for $9. Fans also make the trip for weekly specials like the smoked chicken.

9. Duly's Place

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5458 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-3076

For a late-night coney dog with a satisfying snap or a hulking yet wallet-friendly breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes, this Vernor Highway diner is the place to be. With more than 90 years under its belt, Duly’s continues to dole out coney island classics with consistency and the ambiance worthy of an essential greasy spoon. It’s easy to get a full spread here for less than $10. Just don’t forget to bring cash.

10. Taqueria El Rey

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4730 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 357-3094
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Grilled chicken and $1.50 corn tacos are the backbone of Southwest destination Taqueria El Rey. A half chicken dinner complete with all the fixins’ (rice, beans, tortillas, and salsa) can be had here for just $7.

11. Antojitos El Catracho

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4627 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 784-9361

This casual Honduran restaurant on West Vernor offers dishes for dine in or carryout at affordable prices. Consider mixing and matching la carte options like pupusas stuffed with loroco or cheese — available for $2.25 each — or the fried baleadas (stuffed flour tortillas) for around $4.

12. Tamaleria Nuevo Leon

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2669 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-8066
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Phenomenal tamales are made fresh daily for takeout at this family-owned establishment in Mexicantown shop. Grab a half-dozen tamales with fillings like spicy shredded pork and chicken for around $7. Just remember to bring cash.

13. Chickp Detroit

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110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 315-3042
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Once a humble walk-up window, ChickP recently leveled up to a fast-casual indoor restaurant. Customers looking for a quick, affordable lunch can fill up on falafel bowls with hummus, rice, tahini, and veggies and shawarma wraps here for under $10.

14. Honest John's

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488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5646
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this Selden Street bar continues to be a reliable and inexpensive fuel source for the Cass Corridor neighborhood. Order a simple grilled cheese for a mere $4.50 or pick up the standard breakfast sandwich — an English muffin topped with egg, pork sausage, and melty American cheese — for $6.

15. El Taco Veloz

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4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3193

Located inside Cass Corridor’s Marcus Market, El Taco Veloz’s is slinging Mexican street food favorites at affordable prices. Pick up a single taco for $2.50 or a full meal for $7.50 or try a torta for $6. Choose from fillings like grilled chicken, chorizo, and veggie sausage.

Tacos in a takeout container lined with foil and surrounded by white onions and grilled jalapenos. Brenna Houck

16. Supino Pizzeria

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2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-7879
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Big, hot, New York-style slices at Supino are the perfect answer to a carb craving. Pick up a the cheese for just $2.75 or 50 cents more pepperoni and daily specials.

17. Eastern Market Seafood Co.

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2456 Market St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-8359
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Eastern Market Seafood Co. may focus on aquatic cuisine but fans love it for the lunch counter, which slings Old World Sandwiches. Pita pockets are filled with a choice three to five sliced, smoked sausages and mixed with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and onions. Starting at around $4, it’s one of the more affordable, protein-stuffed meals around.

A woman stands under the “Order Sandwiches Here” sign at Eastern Market Seafood. Brenna Houck

18. Sister Pie

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8066 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 447-5550
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Sister Pie’s glorious selection of pastries are accompanied by wholesome salads, soups, and savory hand pies at lunchtime. Combine a small salad and a hand pie for a filling meal that’s just $9. When ordering the soup don’t forget to add some crunchy, seeded pie crust crackers.

19. Saffron De Twah

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7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213
(586) 359-6138
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This award-winning Moroccan-American restaurant on Gratiot Avenue features a scratch menu that’s also affordable enough for everyday eating. Drop in for a cauliflower shawarma on batbout — a Moroccan-style flatbread or try the fried chicken sandwich with harissa slaw. It’s hard to go wrong here.

A Moroccan tea set, a red dip with pita chips, a lamb tagine, harissa potatoes, coffee, and more on a wooden table with blue and white-patterned woven center pieces. Michelle Gerard | michellegerard

20. Red Hots Coney Island

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12 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203
(313) 868-0766
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This Highland Park coney is one of the oldest in metro Detroit. Like its cohort of Detroit diners, Red Hots started out simple with a menu catered to autoworkers with big appetites and only a few bucks to spare. The classic chili, mustard, and onion-topped coney dogs are just a couple dollars each with a side of fries for only a few bucks more.

21. Amar Pizza

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12195 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 366-0980
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Bangladeshi-American carryout spot Amar Pizza is known for options like the ultra spicy ghost pepper pizza. But for a few dollars less than a whole pie, customers can try the restaurant’s creative toppings like naga sauce and cilantro on grilled hot dogs.

A hot dog in a styrofoam carryout container is slathered in a red sauce with onions and cilantro. Brenna Houck

22. Pink FlaminGo To Go

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17740 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 826-1454
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It’s easy to find an affordable, wholesome meal at Pink Flamingo To-Go. The carryout shop based off the popular seasonal food cart serves a variety lunch and dinner items of six days a week, including cups of soup, rice bowls, and steak wraps.

23. Bucharest Grill

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19492 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 965-3111
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There are plenty of reputable shawarma shops in metro Detroit, but within city limits few have the following of carryout king Bucharest Grill. The wraps here are filling and inexpensive at under $6, especially the garlicky Bucharest chicken shawarma that comes stuffed with pickles and fries. For something less meaty, the falafel is a smart bet.

24. Asian Corned Beef

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13660 Wyoming Ave
Detroit, MI 48238
(313) 834-1819
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Founded by Kim White in the 1970s, this unassuming takeout empire has gone on to inspire numerous imitations of its eponymous dish: the corned beef egg roll. The fried wonton envelopes come filled with anything from corned beef and melty swiss cheese to steak and grilled onions. They’re are big, hot, and downright affordable for under $5.

1. Gonellas Foods

295 Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217

Three-quarters of a century old Italian sub shop Gonella’s is situated in the Oakwood Heights area of Southwest Detroit. It maintains a loyal following for its deli sandwiches stacked with layer upon layer of meats and cheeses. Everything is topped with shredded lettuce and tomato. Customers can also pick up sides of marinated olives, mushrooms, pasta salad, and even cannoli.

295 Oakwood
Detroit, MI 48217

2. Motz Burgers

7208 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Since 1929, Detroiters have turned to this Delray burger spot for budget-friendly sliders. Get the classic slider hamburger for $2 or splurge on the double cheeseburger, ringing in at $3.50. Be advised: It will probably take a few to fill up and make sure to bring cash.

7208 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

3. Taqueria y Cenaduria Triángulo Dorado

8065 w Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
A taco molote and a vampiro sit next to a pile of pickled red onion on a styrofoam plate at Triángulo Dorado. Brenna Houck

This Springwells area taqueria stands out from its neighbors with a mix of dishes from Sinaloa, Durango, and Chihuahua. Choose from options like the taco molote filled with tender steak and shrimp or a crisp vampiro with beans, steak, cheese, and guacamole on a crispy tortilla. Most items are priced at less than $5 allowing customers to get a full meal and sample a few dishes for under $10. For a splurge meal, consider trying out the seafood tower served with crispy tostadas. Bonus: This spot is open late.

8065 w Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

4. El Rey de las Arepas

7701 McGraw Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

Visit this Venezuelan restaurant in Southwest for arepas — corn dough patties that are split in half and filled with meats, cheese, and other toppings. A basic arepa retails for a mere $6.50. Add meat and additional toppings for a few bucks more.

7701 McGraw Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

5. Telway Hamburgers

6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

Open 24/7, Telway is cure-all for the hungry but skint. Because just one of its thrifty sliders won’t do, the restaurant offers them four-to-a-bag for around $3.50. Add a cup of coffee for 45 cents. Don’t forget to bring cash.

6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

6. Pupuseria Y Restaurante Salvadoreno

3149 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

Find palm-sized, piping hot pupusas at this Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall. Each one comes stuffed with a choice of filling (cheese, meat, jalapenos, etc.) and a side of fermented cabbage slaw for less than $5.

3149 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

7. Pollo Chapin

2054 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48209
Fried chicken on a plate with black beans, a roll, and purple cabbage slaw. Brenna Houck

Guatemalan carryout restaurant Pollo Chapin serves some of Detroit's finest fried chicken and is also one of the best bets for budget dining. Grab three pieces of fried chicken, two sides, and a roll for under $9 or try the enormous banana leaf-wrapped chicken tamal with cabbage salad and a roll for $6.25.

2054 Junction St
Detroit, MI 48209

8. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

Southwest gas station-adjacent food cart Detroit 75 Kitchen serves some of the best street food around at bargain prices. Pick up a wrap for $6 or a grilled sandwich on seeded bread for $9. Fans also make the trip for weekly specials like the smoked chicken.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

9. Duly's Place

5458 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

For a late-night coney dog with a satisfying snap or a hulking yet wallet-friendly breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes, this Vernor Highway diner is the place to be. With more than 90 years under its belt, Duly’s continues to dole out coney island classics with consistency and the ambiance worthy of an essential greasy spoon. It’s easy to get a full spread here for less than $10. Just don’t forget to bring cash.

5458 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

10. Taqueria El Rey

4730 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Grilled chicken and $1.50 corn tacos are the backbone of Southwest destination Taqueria El Rey. A half chicken dinner complete with all the fixins’ (rice, beans, tortillas, and salsa) can be had here for just $7.

4730 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

11. Antojitos El Catracho

4627 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

This casual Honduran restaurant on West Vernor offers dishes for dine in or carryout at affordable prices. Consider mixing and matching la carte options like pupusas stuffed with loroco or cheese — available for $2.25 each — or the fried baleadas (stuffed flour tortillas) for around $4.

4627 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

12. Tamaleria Nuevo Leon

2669 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216

Phenomenal tamales are made fresh daily for takeout at this family-owned establishment in Mexicantown shop. Grab a half-dozen tamales with fillings like spicy shredded pork and chicken for around $7. Just remember to bring cash.

2669 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216

13. Chickp Detroit

110 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48226

Once a humble walk-up window, ChickP recently leveled up to a fast-casual indoor restaurant. Customers looking for a quick, affordable lunch can fill up on falafel bowls with hummus, rice, tahini, and veggies and shawarma wraps here for under $10.

110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Honest John's

488 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this Selden Street bar continues to be a reliable and inexpensive fuel source for the Cass Corridor neighborhood. Order a simple grilled cheese for a mere $4.50 or pick up the standard breakfast sandwich — an English muffin topped with egg, pork sausage, and melty American cheese — for $6.

488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

15. El Taco Veloz

4614 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Tacos in a takeout container lined with foil and surrounded by white onions and grilled jalapenos. Brenna Houck

Located inside Cass Corridor’s Marcus Market, El Taco Veloz’s is slinging Mexican street food favorites at affordable prices. Pick up a single taco for $2.50 or a full meal for $7.50 or try a torta for $6. Choose from fillings like grilled chicken, chorizo, and veggie sausage.

4614 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

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16. Supino Pizzeria

2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

Big, hot, New York-style slices at Supino are the perfect answer to a carb craving. Pick up a the cheese for just $2.75 or 50 cents more pepperoni and daily specials.

2457 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

17. Eastern Market Seafood Co.

2456 Market St, Detroit, MI 48207
A woman stands under the “Order Sandwiches Here” sign at Eastern Market Seafood. Brenna Houck

Eastern Market Seafood Co. may focus on aquatic cuisine but fans love it for the lunch counter, which slings Old World Sandwiches. Pita pockets are filled with a choice three to five sliced, smoked sausages and mixed with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and onions. Starting at around $4, it’s one of the more affordable, protein-stuffed meals around.

2456 Market St
Detroit, MI 48207

18. Sister Pie

8066 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

Sister Pie’s glorious selection of pastries are accompanied by wholesome salads, soups, and savory hand pies at lunchtime. Combine a small salad and a hand pie for a filling meal that’s just $9. When ordering the soup don’t forget to add some crunchy, seeded pie crust crackers.

8066 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

19. Saffron De Twah

7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48213
A Moroccan tea set, a red dip with pita chips, a lamb tagine, harissa potatoes, coffee, and more on a wooden table with blue and white-patterned woven center pieces. Michelle Gerard | michellegerard

This award-winning Moroccan-American restaurant on Gratiot Avenue features a scratch menu that’s also affordable enough for everyday eating. Drop in for a cauliflower shawarma on batbout — a Moroccan-style flatbread or try the fried chicken sandwich with harissa slaw. It’s hard to go wrong here.

7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213

20. Red Hots Coney Island

12 Victor St, Highland Park, MI 48203

This Highland Park coney is one of the oldest in metro Detroit. Like its cohort of Detroit diners, Red Hots started out simple with a menu catered to autoworkers with big appetites and only a few bucks to spare. The classic chili, mustard, and onion-topped coney dogs are just a couple dollars each with a side of fries for only a few bucks more.

12 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203

21. Amar Pizza

12195 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A hot dog in a styrofoam carryout container is slathered in a red sauce with onions and cilantro. Brenna Houck

Bangladeshi-American carryout spot Amar Pizza is known for options like the ultra spicy ghost pepper pizza. But for a few dollars less than a whole pie, customers can try the restaurant’s creative toppings like naga sauce and cilantro on grilled hot dogs.

12195 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

22. Pink FlaminGo To Go

17740 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

It’s easy to find an affordable, wholesome meal at Pink Flamingo To-Go. The carryout shop based off the popular seasonal food cart serves a variety lunch and dinner items of six days a week, including cups of soup, rice bowls, and steak wraps.

17740 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203

23. Bucharest Grill

19492 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

There are plenty of reputable shawarma shops in metro Detroit, but within city limits few have the following of carryout king Bucharest Grill. The wraps here are filling and inexpensive at under $6, especially the garlicky Bucharest chicken shawarma that comes stuffed with pickles and fries. For something less meaty, the falafel is a smart bet.

19492 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

24. Asian Corned Beef

13660 Wyoming Ave, Detroit, MI 48238

Founded by Kim White in the 1970s, this unassuming takeout empire has gone on to inspire numerous imitations of its eponymous dish: the corned beef egg roll. The fried wonton envelopes come filled with anything from corned beef and melty swiss cheese to steak and grilled onions. They’re are big, hot, and downright affordable for under $5.

13660 Wyoming Ave
Detroit, MI 48238

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