August 25, 2017

15 Michigan college town restaurants that are perfect for a broke college student

Whether you’re a seasoned senior or a terrified freshmen, knowing your local restaurants is just as important as scoring a deal on those expensive-as-hell text books. We quizzed our summer interns from Wayne State, Michigan State, and University of Michigan to find out where their favorite spots are for the late-night munchies, early morning hangover cures, or for a quick dash between classes.

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Wayne State University, Detroit

Wayne State University, Detroit

The Potato Place
107 W. Warren Ave., Detroit
The Potato Place has been filling hungry Wayne State students since 1991 and the name perfectly describes what you'll find inside: potatoes. They also serve scrumptious salads and sandwiches, but the loaded baked potato, piled with chili and cheese, is the way to go. Photo via @huykachu.
The Potato Place
107 W. Warren Ave., Detroit
The Potato Place has been filling hungry Wayne State students since 1991 and the name perfectly describes what you'll find inside: potatoes. They also serve scrumptious salads and sandwiches, but the loaded baked potato, piled with chili and cheese, is the way to go. Photo via @huykachu.
Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Brewz
4870 Cass Ave., Detroit
Despite taking over the location of a beloved independent bookstore, we can't hate Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Brewz. After all, they're giving students what they want: refined carbs and beer. We're partial to the Detroit Coney Dog mac and cheese, but the philly cheesesteak and truffle & mushroom macs are to die for too. Plus, they've got tons of great brews on tap. Photo via Sweet Lorraine’s Facebook.
Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Brewz
4870 Cass Ave., Detroit
Despite taking over the location of a beloved independent bookstore, we can't hate Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Brewz. After all, they're giving students what they want: refined carbs and beer. We're partial to the Detroit Coney Dog mac and cheese, but the philly cheesesteak and truffle & mushroom macs are to die for too. Plus, they've got tons of great brews on tap. Photo via Sweet Lorraine’s Facebook.
Shangri-La
4710 Cass Ave., Detroit
With a fresh facelift and an exciting menu, Shangri-La is one of the best places to cure your chinese or sushi craving after class. Their sushi rolls are big and hearty, their Chinese dishes are as authentic as they come, and don't even get us started on the dim sum that is available for brunch. It's also a peaceful and quiet place to bring your books to study. Photo via @_lovelychanel.
Shangri-La
4710 Cass Ave., Detroit
With a fresh facelift and an exciting menu, Shangri-La is one of the best places to cure your chinese or sushi craving after class. Their sushi rolls are big and hearty, their Chinese dishes are as authentic as they come, and don't even get us started on the dim sum that is available for brunch. It's also a peaceful and quiet place to bring your books to study. Photo via @_lovelychanel.
Cass Cafe
4620 Cass Ave., Detroit
Cass Cafe is a staple for not only WSU students, but also for the College for Creative Studies students who aren't too far away from this joint. There are always new paintings or photographs on the walls, and the menu is expansive and flavorful. Most of the items are on the lighter side, with many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The restaurant is oozing with history so you'll for sure want to check this place out. Plus, Ryan Gosling used to hang out while making his directorial debut, Lost River. Photo via Cass Café Facebook.
Cass Cafe
4620 Cass Ave., Detroit
Cass Cafe is a staple for not only WSU students, but also for the College for Creative Studies students who aren't too far away from this joint. There are always new paintings or photographs on the walls, and the menu is expansive and flavorful. Most of the items are on the lighter side, with many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The restaurant is oozing with history so you'll for sure want to check this place out. Plus, Ryan Gosling used to hang out while making his directorial debut, Lost River. Photo via Cass Café Facebook.
Olympic Grill
119 W. Warren Ave., Detroit 
This adorable little diner near Wayne State isn't trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to fast diner food. It's also a perfect place to grab something to eat if you have a solid hour or so in between classes. In the morning the pancakes are light and fluffy, and in the afternoon the sandwiches and wraps are hearty and delicious. Photo via @detroit_pig_out.
Olympic Grill
119 W. Warren Ave., Detroit
This adorable little diner near Wayne State isn't trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to fast diner food. It's also a perfect place to grab something to eat if you have a solid hour or so in between classes. In the morning the pancakes are light and fluffy, and in the afternoon the sandwiches and wraps are hearty and delicious. Photo via @detroit_pig_out.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Zingerman's
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
Zingerman's is famous at this point — it's been featured on various food and travel TV shows throughout the years, and boy does this place deserve it. Their sandwiches made with homemade bread have had U of M students coming back for years and years. Photos via Zingerman’s Facebook.
Zingerman's
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
Zingerman's is famous at this point — it's been featured on various food and travel TV shows throughout the years, and boy does this place deserve it. Their sandwiches made with homemade bread have had U of M students coming back for years and years. Photos via Zingerman’s Facebook.
South U Pizza
1106 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor
South U Pizza has been serving hot pizza pies and slices to U of M students for years. While most opt for the traditional cheese and pepperoni, their specialty pies are where it's at. The pesto chicken pie with tomatoes, spinach, grilled chicken, and pesto sauce is a dream. Photo via @jim_harrington.
South U Pizza
1106 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor
South U Pizza has been serving hot pizza pies and slices to U of M students for years. While most opt for the traditional cheese and pepperoni, their specialty pies are where it's at. The pesto chicken pie with tomatoes, spinach, grilled chicken, and pesto sauce is a dream. Photo via @jim_harrington.
Frita Batidos
117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
If class gets out around 5 p.m. and you're not ready to go home yet, we suggest you hit up Frita Batidos for their killer happy hour specials. This Cuban-inspired joint is heavy on the spices and flavor, but friendly on your wallet. Dollar-off beers and $5 beef frita have U-M students coming back. Photo via @spoon_michigan.
Frita Batidos
117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
If class gets out around 5 p.m. and you're not ready to go home yet, we suggest you hit up Frita Batidos for their killer happy hour specials. This Cuban-inspired joint is heavy on the spices and flavor, but friendly on your wallet. Dollar-off beers and $5 beef frita have U-M students coming back. Photo via @spoon_michigan.