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Best Detroit Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Detroit.

Angelina Italian Bistro Italian
11/20
Madison Theater
1565 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
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Located on the first floor of the historic Madison Theater, this trattoria dishes up traditional Italian fare. More...

Armando's Mexican
10/20
4242 W. Vernor Hwy.
Detroit, MI 48209
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Lively, affordable Cuban and Mexican fare translates to a festive experience. More...

Brooklyn Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
111 Henrietta St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Wood-fired pizzas are the specialty here, made while you watch. Try the house-churned ice cream, too. More...

Bucharest Grill Eastern European
11/20
2040 Park Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
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Savor the flavors of the Middle East, Mediterranean and Eastern Europe at this bustling Foxtown spot. More...

Lafayette Coney Island Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit, MI 118 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
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Hot dog lovers shouldn't miss this place --- it's home to the original chili-slathered, Coney-style hot dog. More...

Nemo's Bar & Grill American
10/20
Dining Room at Nemo 1384 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
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Tiger Stadium may be gone, but this sports bar lives on with an inexpensive, basic burger and chili menu. More...

Russell Street Deli Deli
Quick Bite
2465 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
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Fun and lively, this is a solid deli with a legendary breakfast. More...

Steve's Deli Deli
Quick Bite
Bloomfield Shopping Plaza
6646 Telegraph Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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Good corned beef sandwiches and huge deli salads --- as well as brownies, strudel and coffee cake --- are the draws. More...

Traffic Jam & Snug Eclectic
11/20
511 W. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201

Innovative dishes benchmark this dining tradition in Detroit’s Cultural Center. More...

Zingerman's Roadhouse American
13/20
2501 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Neon lights help create the feel of an old-time roadhouse at this full-flavored spot. More...

Zoup! Soup
Quick Bite
Renaissance Center
200 Renaissance Center, Ste. A-2012
Detroit, MI 48243
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An authentic soup bar with 200 steaming varieties. More...

Zumba Mexican Grille Mexican
Quick Bite
304 N. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Choose from fillings and toppings galore --- not to mention salsas from a salsa bar --- at this festive Mexican eatery. More...


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