Cheap Eats in Grand Rapids– Dining Cheap in a Culinary Mecca



It seems like food prices have skyrocketed in the last couple years so everyone going out to eat is looking for a deal. Just because Grand Rapids has recently become a culinary mecca for great food it doesn’t mean there aren’t deals here and there. Here is our guide to cheap eats and restaurants in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Happy Hour deals in Grand Rapids:

HOPCAT: We love the happy hour deal over at Hopcat (our neighbor). For just 6 bucks you can grab a burger, fries, and a beer from 4-6pm Monday through Friday. Great burgers, even greater ”crack” fries and great beer, grab a friend and head over. If the patio is open and its sunny you get a relaxing atmosphere too.

Louis Benton’s LB Lounge: Fine dining done cheap during happy hour. LB’s Lounge (the bar area at Louis Benton’s) offers a happy hour every day but Sunday. M-F 3pm-9pm, th-fri 3-7pm, sat 12-5pm. During these times enjoy $1.50 domestic bottles, $2 imports, $2 select crafts, $3 wine, $3 wells, $4 martinis.  On top of that the best part comes weds during the same happy hour where you can order one of their special burgers for just $5.

ROSE’S: Monday through Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm they have 2.99 drinks (select draft beer, house wine, sangria, elite well, cosmos) and 20% off all appetizers and woodfire pizzas. There is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on their patio overlooking Reeds Lake with a glass of cold wine and their famous root chips.

Rockwell Republic: They have happy hour specials every day of the week! Their happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 3 to 6 pm and
Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. Each day has different drink specials but there is a $5 food menu during happy hour every single day. After reading the happy hour menu, you’ll want to get there as fast as you can.

Logan’s Alley Around the World Club, is a free program to join that gives patrons the benefit of half off all beers on the menu all day Wednesday.  That’s 200 beers half off from 7am to 2am.  The food menu has monthly specials based on local ingredients and whimsical takes of traditional bar food!

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Other great cheap eats & restaurants around Grand Rapids:

Dog Pit: An entire meal under 5 bucks? Yes please! Hot dog options for everyone, they even have veggie dogs for the vegetarians.

Georgios Pizza: This place offers pizza by the slice. These slices are HUGE!!! Slices are anywhere from $2.65 to$4.35 each. Get great pizza and keep some money in your wallet!

Grand Central Market and Deli: Many deli’s offer a half sandwich, but at Grand Central they offer it for only $4.99. All of the choices are delicious. For 5 bucks, try them all!

XO Asian Cuisine: Tuesday night is half off sushi! The restaurant features all Asian favorites from Pad Thai to Sesame Chicken.  You will need to call ahead and try to get a reservation.

Stella’s Lounge: GQ’s choice for best burger in the USA goes on special for $5 on Thursdays.   The wait is long but the beer is cold and the drinks are strong.  Try the homemade sangria for $8 a pitcher as well!

La Taqueria San Jose: This is one of the best kept secrets in Grand Rapids. La Taqueria San Jose is authentic Mexican food at its best, and cheapest. Located a mile or 2 down division this place is easy and packed with flavor. The wait times can get long but its well worth it.

Good food choices that don’t break the bank! If you eat out a lot and are looking for ways to save money, look for happy hour deals, specials, and inexpensive restaurants. Even some of the pricer places in town have great happy hour deals that can help you score gourmet food for happy meal prices.

What are some of your picks for cheap eats and happy hour specials in Grand Rapids?

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