November 02, 2019

The 20 best Detroit restaurants when you’re broke AF

Great food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few of our favorite Detroit restaurants where you can get a lot for very little.

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Checker Bar Detroit
124 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-961-9249; checkerbar.com  
You can’t miss the checker-patterned building in the middle of Downtown. Opened in 1954, Checker Bar has served burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and more for over 50 years.
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Checker Bar Detroit

124 Cadillac Sq., Detroit; 313-961-9249; checkerbar.com
You can’t miss the checker-patterned building in the middle of Downtown. Opened in 1954, Checker Bar has served burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and more for over 50 years.

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Asian Corned Beef
13660 Wyoming Ave., Detroit; 313-834-1819, 14820 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-469-9121, 13240 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-264-1173, 21559 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-246-6396, 21639 E. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-766-5409, 19102 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-826-1788, 2847 E. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-893-1650; asiancornbeef.com 
With many new Detroit locations, this family-owned restaurant serves Asian cuisine with an American twist. The corned beef egg roll is one can’t-miss menu item.
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Asian Corned Beef

13660 Wyoming Ave., Detroit; 313-834-1819, 14820 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-469-9121, 13240 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-264-1173, 21559 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-246-6396, 21639 E. Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-766-5409, 19102 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-826-1788, 2847 E. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-893-1650; asiancornbeef.com
With many new Detroit locations, this family-owned restaurant serves Asian cuisine with an American twist. The corned beef egg roll is one can’t-miss menu item.

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Detroit Taco Bar
16241 W. McNichols, Detroit; 313-808-7005 
This new carry-out Tex-Mex joint allows customers to fully customize every taco. Mayor Mike Duggan is a fan — he visited during Detroit Taco Bar's grand opening in May.
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Detroit Taco Bar

16241 W. McNichols, Detroit; 313-808-7005
This new carry-out Tex-Mex joint allows customers to fully customize every taco. Mayor Mike Duggan is a fan — he visited during Detroit Taco Bar's grand opening in May.

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Grandy’s Coney Island
1200 Holbrook Ave., Detroit; 313-875-3000, 3570 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit; 313-921-0022, 4004 E. Outer Dr., Detroit; 313-368-8180, 13331 14th St., Detroit; 313-868-3020, 220001 Fenkell Ave., Detroit; 313-794-7301 
With locations all over Detroit, customers can grab anything from an appetizer to a full meal. All locations are open 24 hours and most have drive-thrus, making this the perfect choice for night owls.
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Grandy’s Coney Island

1200 Holbrook Ave., Detroit; 313-875-3000, 3570 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit; 313-921-0022, 4004 E. Outer Dr., Detroit; 313-368-8180, 13331 14th St., Detroit; 313-868-3020, 220001 Fenkell Ave., Detroit; 313-794-7301
With locations all over Detroit, customers can grab anything from an appetizer to a full meal. All locations are open 24 hours and most have drive-thrus, making this the perfect choice for night owls.

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Harmony Garden Cafe
4704 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit; 313-638-2345; harmonygardencafe.com  
Located on the Wayne State campus, Harmony Garden Cafe serves Middle Eastern food with a twist. They have shawarmas, bowls, burgers, smoothies, shakes, and more. Almost everything on the menu is under $10, a great deal for anyone hoping to save some money.
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Harmony Garden Cafe

4704 Anthony Wayne Dr., Detroit; 313-638-2345; harmonygardencafe.com
Located on the Wayne State campus, Harmony Garden Cafe serves Middle Eastern food with a twist. They have shawarmas, bowls, burgers, smoothies, shakes, and more. Almost everything on the menu is under $10, a great deal for anyone hoping to save some money.

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Johnny Noodle King
2601 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-309-7646; johnnynoodleking.com 
This Japanese-inspired restaurant brings international flavor. While Johnny Noodle King focuses on noodles, broth, and seafood, they also specialize in Southwest-style food, vegan dishes, and sandwiches.
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Johnny Noodle King

2601 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-309-7646; johnnynoodleking.com
This Japanese-inspired restaurant brings international flavor. While Johnny Noodle King focuses on noodles, broth, and seafood, they also specialize in Southwest-style food, vegan dishes, and sandwiches.

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Nicky D’s Coney Island
16953 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-864-1000, 15447 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-838-2550, 3357 W. Davison St., Detroit; 313-865-4500, 20001 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-533-5443, 22365 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-538-3100 
Known for their chili-cheese fries, the Nicky D’s Pita, and Nicky D’s Turkey Slinger Sandwich, this coney island has something for everyone.
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Nicky D’s Coney Island

16953 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-864-1000, 15447 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-838-2550, 3357 W. Davison St., Detroit; 313-865-4500, 20001 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-533-5443, 22365 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-538-3100
Known for their chili-cheese fries, the Nicky D’s Pita, and Nicky D’s Turkey Slinger Sandwich, this coney island has something for everyone.

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Taqueria El Rey
4730 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-357-3094; taqueria-elrey.com 
With tacos starting at $1.50, drinks starting at $1, and dinner specials for under $10, customers can satisfy cravings on a budget at this Southwest restaurant.
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Taqueria El Rey

4730 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-357-3094; taqueria-elrey.com
With tacos starting at $1.50, drinks starting at $1, and dinner specials for under $10, customers can satisfy cravings on a budget at this Southwest restaurant.

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Honest John’s
488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohns.com 
With all-day breakfast, brunch, dinner, and a bar, Honest John’s can fill you up with a meal for under $20. They are known for their delicious breakfast and brunch dishes, like their Fruity Pebble French Toast and Loaded Brat.
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Honest John’s

488 Selden St., Detroit; 313-832-5646; honestjohns.com
With all-day breakfast, brunch, dinner, and a bar, Honest John’s can fill you up with a meal for under $20. They are known for their delicious breakfast and brunch dishes, like their Fruity Pebble French Toast and Loaded Brat.

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Pie-Sci
5163 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-818-0290; piescipizza.com 
Perfect for college students on a budget, Pie-Sci has a large variety of pizzas. They offer meaty pizzas, vegan pizzas, breakfast pizzas, white pizza, and more. You can add as many or as few toppings as you desire.
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Pie-Sci

5163 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-818-0290; piescipizza.com
Perfect for college students on a budget, Pie-Sci has a large variety of pizzas. They offer meaty pizzas, vegan pizzas, breakfast pizzas, white pizza, and more. You can add as many or as few toppings as you desire.

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