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Detroit Cheap Eats 2015: The Top 7 New Cheap Restaurants

Here are the best inexpensive bets from new and revamped menus in the city.

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| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Over the past year or so, severalcheapeatsweek__1___1__embed_size.0.jpg new restaurants have popped up offering wallet-friendly dishes, from pork bao to house pretzels. There's a little something for everyone, and it barely costs more than the change you could dig up between your couch cushions. Cheap Eats Week continues.

*Note: Map points are ordered from north to south, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 861-0229
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Half of Kuzzo's menu is $9 or less and portions are generous. Grab a Bam Bam (two drumsticks and a waffle) or the Lala (one waffle, two cheesy eggs, and a bowl of tasty grits). Both are $6. [Photo]

2. Ali Baba Shish Kabob

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Plates come with big, heaping portions at Hamtramck newcomer Ali Baba and the sandwiches are all under $4. Hit this spot during the weeknight happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for half-off appetizers. [Photo]

3. Campau Tower

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10337 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
A favorite among the late-night bar crowd in Hamtramck, chef Nikita Sanches' tiny diner offers big portions at a reasonable price (usually less than $5). Find pork bao here, as well as burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and tater tots. [Photo]

4. Falafill

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4206 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 338-3574
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Chicago chain Falafill's new Midtown location offers a fresh and reasonably priced Mediterranean-inspired menu. Order a wrap for $6.50 or, for $8, fill-up on a full platter with five sides, pickles, sauce, and a choice of meat or falafel. [Photo]

5. Laika Dog at UFO Factory

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This casual hot dog and grilled cheese joint finally debuted at the The UFO Factory this month. Main dishes ring in at $5. Grab an order of tots or fries for $3, or a fully-loaded vegetarian "Hot Dish" for $4. [Photo]

6. Corktown Tavern

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1716 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 964-5103
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The bar may not be all that new, but Corktown Tavern recently introduced a menu of $2 bar bites including wings, waffle fries, a grilled chicken sandwich, a burger, and fried meatballs. Drinks are cheap too, which makes this one a no brainer. [Photo]

7. ‎Batch Brewing Company

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1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 338-8008
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Corktown's small-batch brewery debuted earlier this year with some great beer on rotation, but the fresh bar food is equally as enticing. Share a basket of pretzels with mustard for $6 or a huge portion of bread pudding for $5. [Photo]

1. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
Half of Kuzzo's menu is $9 or less and portions are generous. Grab a Bam Bam (two drumsticks and a waffle) or the Lala (one waffle, two cheesy eggs, and a bowl of tasty grits). Both are $6. [Photo]
19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

2. Ali Baba Shish Kabob

Hamtramck, MI
Plates come with big, heaping portions at Hamtramck newcomer Ali Baba and the sandwiches are all under $4. Hit this spot during the weeknight happy hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for half-off appetizers. [Photo]

3. Campau Tower

10337 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A favorite among the late-night bar crowd in Hamtramck, chef Nikita Sanches' tiny diner offers big portions at a reasonable price (usually less than $5). Find pork bao here, as well as burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and tater tots. [Photo]
10337 Joseph Campau St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

4. Falafill

4206 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Chicago chain Falafill's new Midtown location offers a fresh and reasonably priced Mediterranean-inspired menu. Order a wrap for $6.50 or, for $8, fill-up on a full platter with five sides, pickles, sauce, and a choice of meat or falafel. [Photo]
4206 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Laika Dog at UFO Factory

Detroit, MI
This casual hot dog and grilled cheese joint finally debuted at the The UFO Factory this month. Main dishes ring in at $5. Grab an order of tots or fries for $3, or a fully-loaded vegetarian "Hot Dish" for $4. [Photo]

6. Corktown Tavern

1716 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
The bar may not be all that new, but Corktown Tavern recently introduced a menu of $2 bar bites including wings, waffle fries, a grilled chicken sandwich, a burger, and fried meatballs. Drinks are cheap too, which makes this one a no brainer. [Photo]
1716 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

7. ‎Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216
Corktown's small-batch brewery debuted earlier this year with some great beer on rotation, but the fresh bar food is equally as enticing. Share a basket of pretzels with mustard for $6 or a huge portion of bread pudding for $5. [Photo]
1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216

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