8 Budget-Friendly Detroit Restaurants for Foodies

Modified: July 07, 2022 | Story by Michelle Fusco | Photos by Bill Bowen

If you’re looking for delicious and affordable meals during your visit to Detroit, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of 9 popular restaurants where most things on the menu are $12 or less. You’re welcome!

Cheap Eats in Detroit

1. Bucharest Grill is an excellent choice for an inexpensive lunch or a late night feast. The Mediterranean menu includes shawarmas, creamy hummus, juicy grape leaves, stuffed peppers and fresh salads. Try the Bucharest Shawarma with grilled marinated chicken breast, cabbage, tomato, fries (yep, fries), pickles, mayo and garlic spread wrapped in a pita for just $5.95. Locations in Rivertown, Corktown, Midtown and beyond.


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2. Bobcat Bonnie’s offers high quality, beautifully presented gastropub fare at a great value, including several vegan and vegetarian options. On weekends, you can’t go wrong with any of the sweet or savory brunch dishes pared with a build-your-own Bloody Mary or Mimosa. A great stop before a Detroit Lions football game, with locations in Corktown, Ferndale, Wyandotte and coming soon to The Mall at Partridge Creek in Macomb County.

3. Pegasus Taverna in Greektown serves up generous portions of authentic Greek dishes at budget friendly prices. Try the saganaki (flaming cheese appetizer), gyros, spanakoteropeta (spinach pie), avgolemono (lemon rice soup) or Greek salad. Also located in St. Clair Shores.

Food at Pegasus Taverna in Greektown Detroit

4. Detroit’s Mexicantown in southwest Detroit is full of affordable and fun dining options. It’s always a fiesta at Mexican Village. Amazing, freshly prepared dishes include enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tostadas or flautas served with rice and beans.


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5. There’s always room for a slice of pizza from Supino Pizzeria in historic Eastern Market. The 12-inch Supino signature pie boasts roasted garlic, black olives, chili oil, ricotta and mozzarella. Yum!

6. One of the best way to start your day in Detroit is at Hudson Café. From sweet or savory crepes to creative twists on omelets, waffles, pancakes and French toast, they do breakfast proud at one of Detroit’s favorite breakfast spots.

Hudson Café breakfast, a downtown restaurant

7. Shangri-La in Midtown offers authentic Cantonese dishes, sushi, dim sum all day and a handful of Thai curry dishes and reasonable prices. Popular among college students and Detroiters alike.


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8. The side-by-side American and Lafayette Coney Island restaurants each offer chili topped hot dogs served with chopped onions and mustard on a steamed bun. You may have to try both restaurants to pick your favorite – it’s a delicious Detroit tradition.

Chef at American Coney Island

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Bucharest Grill - Avenue of Fashion
    19492 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221
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    Bucharest Grill - Midtown
    110 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
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    Bucharest Grill - Rivertown
    2684 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Bobcat Bonnie's
    1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Pegasus Taverna
    24935 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
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    Pegasus Taverna Restaurant
    558 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Mexican Village
    2600 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Supino Pizzeria
    2457 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Hudson Cafe
    1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    American Coney Island
    114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Lafayette Coney Island
    118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226