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Ditch the dollar deal fast food pumped with preservatives and siphoning money for the local Lansing market. If looking for a cheap meal or snack, stick to these great deals offered by Lansing and Michigan-based organizations.
$1 Pizza Slice — Toarmina’s
Hot and ready to go, Toarmina’s offers $1 slices and breadsticks out of a self-serve station on Michigan Avenue. Patrons can choose from a veggie, cheese, pepperoni and supreme pizzas. Breadsticks are also $1 each.
$2 Elote — Mexicone Sweets and Treats
This Mexican corn dish sees an ear of Michigan’s finest sweet corn doused with Cotija cheese, red seasonings and mayo. Served on a stick with a slice of lime on the side, the elote is a cheap summer classic made to be eaten in the sunshine — just don’t forget to grab a napkin!
$3 Polish sausage with all the fixings — Clint’s Hot Dog Cart
A snappy Polish sausage with all the works at Clint’s Hot Dog cart can fill any stomach. Owner Clint Tarver uses premium Polish sausage from a market on Mt. Hope Avenue and his own homemade chili. Tarver’s specialties are often overlooked Lansing classic as he has been there for over 25 years.
$4 Breakfast Burrito — El Oasis
With a choice of meat, this brick of a burrito with eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, peppers and choice of meat is fast and filling at a reasonable price. Resist the urge to buy guacamole and sneak out with a meal worthy of a king on the budget of a peasant.
$5 Beer, Burger and Fries combo — Dagwoods
One of Lansing’s oldest dive bars maintains one of the best deals in town. Catch a game and partake in its all-day special of a domestic pint, Dag burger and fries for full Americana fervor.
$6 Two Empanadas — La Cocina Cubana
Get two filling pockets of Cuban goodness with choice of meat at this downtown staple. Owner Illiana Almaguer-Tamayo cooks everything from scratch, making meals that remind her of her childhood in Cuba.
$7 Fish and Chips — Olympic Broil
Based on the “Olympian Cafe” from a Saturday Night Live skit with John Belushi, owner Mike Alexander’s Olympic Broil has served thousands of olive burgers, gyros and fish platters over the past 40 years. “I drive my 10-year-old Camry down here, park it in my favorite spot and come in here at 6:45 a.m. in the morning to make all the fish, chicken, mushrooms and onion rings all from scratch,” Alexander said.
$8 Pad Thai Noodles — Naing Myanmar
Owned and operated by husband and wife Moe Israel and Mi Thanda, Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant makes everything in house with some of the best authentic Asian food offerings in the area. Try the pad thai noodles to taste the difference and come back for dozens of other delicious offerings in the same price range.
$9 Cabo Hash — Art’s Pub
This popular eastside establishment serves breakfast bowls of serious proportions. Try the Cabo Hash with chorizo, redskin potato, sweet potato, pickled red onion, queso fresco, cheddar and sunny side up eggs topped with pico de gallo and lime crema.
$10 Lunch Buffet — Cask and Co.
The soul of the former Xiao Asian Bistro at the Cask and Co. location lives on during the bar’s lunch buffet. For only $10, patrons can get access to hand made sushi, Asian take out classics and more.