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Posted on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Frugal Friday at Mark's Midtown Coney Island - coney dogs are only one of many inexpensive options

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

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; 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!

Mark's Midtown Coney Island — a friendly neighborhood standby — is today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature. Sure the coney dogs are great, and Craig thoroughly enjoyed going for the classic. But there are lots of other foods to enjoy that also fit within our mandatory budget of $5 per person.


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

I branched out to the soup 'n' sandwich plate for $4.99, which brought a cup of the daily soup — a bright, creamy Lemon Rice that offered just enough tartness to make it seem light despite being so rich — along with a half Turkey and Swiss that was absolutely stuffed. This was far more substantial than I'd expected, and I enjoyed every bite.

Several of the sandwiches — from Grilled Ham and Cheese to Egg Salad to a B.L.T. to a Patty Melt — come in at under $5 each. The coneys, of course, are a great deal: a single costs only $2.09. Or get the Coney Island Special, adding loose ground beef to your dog, which costs only $3.19. All but one of the burgers (the Italian Burger) cost less then $5, and you can even embellish them with an onion roll for 50 cents or extra cheese for 45 cents. And if you just want a snack, some consummate comfort food like Chili-Cheese Fries costs a mere $3.29.

Breakfast specials offer a tremendous value as well, from eggs to the Breakfast Sandwich to a Short Stack; even Pancakes and Eggs — "Two pancakes or two French toast, two eggs, choice of one: bacon, ham or sausage" — costs only $4.99, just squeaking under the limit. But the prices get even better if you come in between 6-11 a.m. Monday-Friday, which is when Mark's offers extra special deals on this portion of the menu.

Even as good as our entrees were, I would have to say that the rice pudding — for a mere $2.29 — was the star of the show; Craig said it was the best version he's ever eaten. Dense rather than overly creamy, subtly flavored rather than doused in cinnamon as many can be, this was a perfect serving to share as it was very generous.


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So, if you're looking for friendly staff, good food, and great values, go visit Mark's Midtown Coney Island!

Mark's Midtown Coney Island
Ann Arbor North
3586 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

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Mary Bilyeu writes for on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, telling about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests, meeting new friends ... whatever strikes her fancy. 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:

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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.



Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

I did not know there was one on the north side. I go to the one on State St. near the freeway entrance. Very good food.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

Good article. Marks is great. I believe there is also one on the South Side off of State Street.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Mark's is so great. My dad and I go out to lunch every week, and we have been going here for the last few months. Huge, delicious portions for cheap prices - the omelets (among other things) are big enough to share. The waitresses are so nice, as is and the gentlemen who shows you open tables. Great choice, Mary.