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Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 : 11:35 a.m.

Frugal Friday at Coffee House Creamery - coffee drinks and sweet treats are a deal

By Mary Bilyeu


Carrot Cake Muffin at Coffee House Creamery.

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Frugal Floozie Friday is a feature that seeks out dishes - appetizers, drinks, snacks, desserts, sandwiches, whatever - for $5 or less per person. Sometimes I split generously-sized items with loved ones, saving both money and calories; sometimes I find a great deal on a single serving that fits perfectly within the mandatory budget. I try to showcase several options to choose from, and you never know where I'll find them. Check out the column every Friday!

Craig and I stopped by the bright and friendly Coffee House Creamery recently for a snack. You'd think we might have enjoyed the hand-dipped ice cream on a summer afternoon — and certainly hope to do so at some point on a hot, sunny day. But the day we visited was one of those cold, rainy ones we've had lately, so a hot cup of coffee and a little nosh was just the right pick-me-up.


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For $2.25, I picked the tender Carrot Cake Muffin, accompanied by the freshly brewed — so fresh that we were warned to be careful about the temperature! — coffee that cost $1.99. Craig's sweet tooth lured him to the very generously-sized rich brownie for $1.99.

In addition to the very warm welcome and relaxing atmosphere, there is a wide variety of options to choose from that fall within our mandatory Frugal Floozie Friday budget of $5 or less per person. Every single one of the coffee drinks — from the triples to the large 20-ounce ones — falls within our strict limits. So enjoy a Moose Tracks Latte or an Espresso Macchiato, an Iced Mocha or just a plain ol' cup of coffee with no worries about expense.

And there are lots of treats to enjoy along with your drink, too. Bagels or scones are wonderful accompaniments; and you can even get wholesome oatmeal for $1.89, with add-ins available for 50 cents each. If you come for lunch instead of breakfast, the soup of the day served with ciabatta costs only $4.95.

Coffee House Creamery prides itself on being a neighborhood ice cream parlor, too, in addition to a coffee shop. A sundae costs $4.19; serve it in a waffle bowl and get three scoops of ice cream plus two toppings topped with whipped cream and nuts for only $4.69. A nutritious smoothie also costs $4.19, if you're looking for refreshment without as many calories. For those seeking utter decadence, though, there is a two scoop, two topping Fudge Brownie or Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae that just squeaks under our budgetary limit at $4.99.

A lovely, inviting place, Coffee House Creamery is a wonderful stop for all kinds of goodies to make you happy!


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Coffee House Creamery
3780 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Mary Bilyeu - a self-proclaimed Food Floozie (named for her blog, which is taking a summer vacation) - writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions, comments, or suggestions:

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Fri, Aug 16, 2013 : 4:57 p.m.

I didn't even know it was there. I'll have to stop in soon!

Jessica Webster

Fri, Aug 16, 2013 : 4 p.m.

I wasn't crazy about the mocha they made me last time I was there, but I think that's just because I am not a fan of Hershey syrup. I need to go back and try the food. The space is nice, and the staff seems sweet. Thanks for the tip!

Lynn Liston

Fri, Aug 16, 2013 : 1:15 p.m.

CHC, as we call it here in the Far West, is a gem of a place. It's a real gathering place - we go there all the time after the movies because it is right across the parking lot from the Quality 16. They serve a great cup of coffee, and the ice cream and treats, as well as the soups and sandwiches are delicious. And you can get an espresso sundae...yes!

Sarah Rigg

Fri, Aug 16, 2013 : 1:09 p.m.

I've had good experiences here. Love the atmosphere, and the tomato soup I had there one time was to die for. Another time, I wasn't crazy about any of their sandwich selections and they made a custom veggie & cheese sandwich for me. Great place!