Most of us can relate to this. You’re starving for something delicious but you’re just a little short on cash. So what do you do? Hit the drive-thru and scour the dollar menu? Or maybe stock up on fixings to make sandwiches?
How about learn a few hacks that’ll satisfy your hunger, while still being kind to your wallet. Here are 16 spots across Michigan where you can eat for $10 or less.
1. Ashley's, Ann Arbor
The tortilla chicken club sandwich at this college town hangout packs some serious flavor with grilled chicken, bacon, guacamole, shredded cheese, lettuce, and pico de gallo - all wrapped in a flour tortilla. Best part, it's only $8.99.
2. Backroom Pizza, Ann Arbor
Quite possibly the best deal in Ann Arbor, starving students flock here for the insanely cheap slices. For about a $1, you can grab a delicious, cheesy triangle.
3. Big Ten Burrito, Ann Arbor
Because nothing satisfies an empty stomach quite as efficiently as a burrito, there's Big Ten, with locations in Ann Arbor and East Lansing. $3 gets you a Super Bean and Cheese, while for $8.75, you can dig into a hefty San Diego Burrito, with steak, pico de gallo, guac, Monterey Jack cheese, and waffle fries.
4. Bubba's, Traverse City
Here, burgers are serious business and just about all of its 13 variety of patties are less than $10. Choose from a Standard cheeseburger for $6, a Breakfast with fried egg, bacon cheddar, spinach, tomato, and Bubba Sauce for $9.75, or a Spicy Hawaiian with grilled pineapple, jalapeno, spinach, Swiss, red onion, Bourbon BBQ sauce, on a Hawaiian bun, also for $9.75.
5. Bucharest, Detroit
For no more than $5.49, you'll get the ultimate in affordable handhelds in the form of the Bucharest Shawarma (chicken, beef, and vegetarian variety can be had for $4.99). This wrap is loaded with grilled chicken breast, cabbage, tomato, pickles, fries, garlic, mayo, and spices. It's no wonder Detroiters pack this spot each and every day and night.
6. El Oasis, Lansing
Have yourself a tasty, complete meal from this popular food truck for only $6.50. Includes three soft tacos with your choice of beef or chicken and sides of beans and rice.
7. Great Harvest Bread Co, multiple locations
With a focus on freshly made bread and whole ingredients, you can score a delish half a sandwich and soup or salad for only $7.25.
8. Green Dot Stables, Detroit
Nothing at the menu here is over $3, so mix and match your choice of sliders, fries, salads, and desserts.
9. Jean Kay's Pasties and Subs, Marquette
The pasties here are nice and beefy, quite durable, and have a flaky crust. Plus, you can have one big one with gravy and slaw, and a pop for $7.25.
10. Lawry's Pasty Shop, Marquette and Ishpeming
Stock up on these classics for as little as $4.89 for 12 oz beef pasty, $5.45 for the more robust 17 ouncer for get a dozen minis for $7.39.
11. Pho Lucky, multiple locations
Pho, that delectable Vietnamese noodle soup with seemingly therapeutic qualities to it (especially on a cold Michigan day) is also quite the bargain. For $7.99, you can score a big helping from this growing local chain. Choose from a variety of meats and top off your bowl with basil, sprouts and hot sauce.
12. Sagebrush Cantina, Fenton
The key to ordering from this popular Mexican joint is picking from the ala carte menu. No, you won't get your obligatory beans and rice, but you weren't going to really eat that, were you? For as little as $2.50 a piece, you can mix and match steak tacos, chili rellenos, tostadas, or enchiladas.
13. Skywalk Deli, Grand Rapids
The sandwich is the ultimate in thrifty dining, but sometimes a simple sandwich can be a lil, meh. That's where Skywalk Deli comes in. The sandwiches here are serious business, nothing puny. For example, the Skywalk Reuben comes stacked with turkey, slaw, Swiss, 1000 Island, on grilled rye - all for $8.95.
14. Thai Cafe, Traverse City
Pad Thai is one of those dishes that's supremely filling, well balanced, and delights with peanuty goodness. Get a heaping plate of the stuff at this affordable eatery for $6.50 for lunch or $10 for dinner.
So many options and the best part is that just about anyone can afford all these menu items. Tell us though, where is your go-to spot for eats on the cheap?