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Posted on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 11:30 a.m.

Frugal Friday at Quickie Burger Bar and Grill - battered onion rings among the many inexpensive comfort food options

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

I got out of work early one afternoon recently, so Craig and I went on a lunch date to the Quickie Burger Bar and Grill, today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature. Easy to find, in its signature maize 'n' blue, both the sun and the parking gods shone upon us as we found a spot for the car just across the street from the restaurant.

There are many options on the menu that qualify for our mandatory $5 per person budget. The third-pound Minor Cheeseburger costs $5, and comes topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, the Secret Quickie Sauce and a choice of cheese. Hot dogs, Italian sausage, and bratwurst range in price from $2.50-$4. Vegetarians can have homemade macaroni and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich for $3 each; hummus with pita chips or spinach-artichoke dip cost $4 each.

There is also a wide variety of side dishes, if you're just in the mood for a quick snack: fries, battered mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, and mozzarella sticks all range from $2.50-$4. Shakes cost $3.50, malts cost $4, and each comes in a variety of flavors from the expected chocolate to the decadent Reese's Pieces or brownie or cookie dough (and many more).


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Craig ordered the excellent grilled chicken sandwich, which just exceeded our mandatory Frugal Floozie Friday budget, and we shared the crisp, freshly prepared beer-battered onion rings, which cost only $3.50. The restaurant's owner, who had greeted us very cheerfully and was patient as we sorted through our many dining options, recommended a special spicy sauce his wife prepares, which was a perfect complement to this treat.

I also chose the Double Egg, Sausage and Cheese Sandwich — two fried eggs, a sausage patty, and cheese all on a whole wheat bun that made me feel more virtuous than I should have. At $4, this was a very good value for a hearty lunch, which I was able to enjoy even in the afternoon because breakfast is served all day.

For fast, very friendly service, free wifi, TV and lots of comfort food at a reasonable price, be sure to stop by Quickie Burger!


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

Quickie Burger Bar and Grill
800 S. State Street
Ann Arbor
Sunday and Monday: 11 a.m.-midnight
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Thursday - Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 a.m.

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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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Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

So it looks like two dined for $13.50 (+ tip and tax), and you refer to as your "mandatory Frugal Floozie Friday budget"? Whenever I see battered mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, and mozzarella sticks on a menu, I imagine they're being delivered on a Sysco truck, meaning they're just like almost every other place that serves them.