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Posted on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 : 9:59 a.m.

Mark's Carts wins best place for cheap eats; vote for best business for kids' entertainment

By Staff

What’s the best place for cheap eats in Washtenaw County? The voters in’s BestOf contest say it’s Mark’s Carts, which won 1st place, garnering 81 votes.

Best place for cheap eats voting began last Sunday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. After the first few days it became a close race between newcomer to Ann Arbor, Mark’s Carts and Ypsilanti’s Sidetrack. Throughout the week, these two contenders were neck and neck tied for first place a few times during the contest. By the final day of voting, Mark’s Carts emerged as #1 and finished the contest in first place. Sidetrack finished in second place, just 6 votes behind Mark’s Carts. Jerusalem Garden finished in third.

This week, vote for the best business for kids' entertainment (under 12).

Are your young children climbing and/or bouncing off the walls? Lucky for you, our area has a whole variety of places where you can take them to climb and bounce and many other activities that don't involve any damage to your house (or your pysche).

What's your favorite business for kids' entertainment (under 12)?

Readers can suggest contenders for upcoming contests here.

And don't forget, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing each week for a chance to win a prize. This week's prize is for a $50 gift card.



Mon, Sep 26, 2011 : 3:32 a.m.

If you think its "far from cheap" that's fine but quit saying it on here. Maybe tell the vendors themselves so they can improve their business. Why decry them publicly? They are doing a service to your community and this state by taking the RISK to start a business in an economy with almost zero growth. Maybe they only hire one person or maybe none, but the point is that they provided a job to someone and they pay taxes and fees to the state and county. Regardless of the numbers its better than ZERO. It goes to the bottom line and helps promote economic growth. There were 7 new businesses started at Marks Carts and they need the community's support. I've read the comments over the past few months about new businesses in town. Lots of negativity. Enough is enough. Its time to get on board and support your neighbors or maybe you all would prefer another recession.

the major

Wed, Sep 28, 2011 : 3:18 p.m.

Let me clarify, " FAR FROM CHEAP", I stand by my original statement. The Headline says best Cheap Eats. I simply don't agree that it is very cheap. I'll say it again, far from cheap. I feel that there prices are in line with five guys. Potbelly, standard downtown fare. Average prices, above average flavor profile, but not cheap. This is not the dollar menu.

hut hut

Mon, Sep 26, 2011 : 1:09 a.m.

Why is the City giving Marks Carts vendors a hard time in their desire to leave the Courtyard? Could it be because of pressure from Main St Restaurants? Competition is good!

the major

Sun, Sep 25, 2011 : 3:53 p.m.

I love marks carts, but it far from cheap. Cheaper than a 4 start sit down experience, but you can easily spend 10 or 15 bucks a person.