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Nov 28, 2010 05:32 PM

Dinner for two for under $15 near Farmington Hills

I've been lurking on all your Detroit posts for awhile, despite living in Columbus, OH. I especially like to read them when I am hungry and/or homesick.

Anyway, here is my challenge. My parents have a weekly eating out budget of $15 per week and have been pretty much sticking to pizza or subs. I'm positive there are other great cheap eats out there for them. They live in Farmington Hills but don't mind venturing out to their old neighborhoods in Redford or Livonia. They'd probably drive to Southfield or Novi, too. They prefer carry out.

Any recommendations?

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  1. Whenever I hear "Farmington Hills", my first reaction is undoubtedly Namaste Flavours. If your parents will eat South Indian food, this place is excellent. Curries ~$7, biryani ~$6, dosa ~$5.

    Namaste Flavours
    34749 Grand River Ave
    Farmington, MI 48335
    (248) 471-5555

    I'll think about some other options out there and hopefully post more later.

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    1. Don't k now if this qualifies as worth going out for (certainly not worth going for carryout), but Sandy's on the Beech in Redford does a 50 cent coney special on the weekends...and they are pretty good!

      It's a bar, but a friendly enough one. Two people can get coneys, an order of fries and a beer or two for $15.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        Perfect. My mom grew up on Beech and would probably be into visiting the area. Hard to argue with a 50 cent coney.

      2. That's a mighty stiff limit. Will they consider using coupons? i.e. Val-Pak or Entertainment book ...

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        1. re: rainsux

          Yes, they like coupons. It is a tough limit. They could go some place better if they only ate once every two weeks, but my mom cooks six days a week and looks forward to the break.

        2. Taqueria La Casita
          49070 Pontiac Trail, Wixom (Between Beck and Wixom Road)

          Fresh Authentic Mexican food with fantastic prices. They even may have a few bucks left over to hit the DQ next door. This is NOT Tex-Mex. I HIGHLY recommend the Quesadilla's.

          I hit this place up ALOT for cheap filling lunches. I would put this up to any place in SW Detroit and is just a little bit behind Taqueria Alameda in Westland.

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            I've frequently heard you talk about this place, so i'll have to tell them about it. My husband loves Mexican, so it may be a good place for us to go as a group. I think they'd consider going to the Westland location, too.

            1. re: abbyhintz

              Taqueria Alameda in Westland is a scary eye-sore. But, once one gets past their kitchen, which consists of a styrofoam cooler, a Crock Pot, and a hot plate atop a cardboard box, an irresistible meal can be had. Yum!

              1. re: vtombrown

                I've got Taqueria Alameda on my list after reading so much about it. What do you recommend I order for the first time? If I ask my husband to pick it up on the way home from work, he hates to make decisions and there's no online anything, let alone a menu.

                1. re: Rosedale

                  I would start with the Taco's and maybe a Quesadilla. Now realize that the Taco's are Mexican Style...Just tortillas, the meat, pickled onions and cilantro. I personally have a more adventurous side with the meats but I would try the Pastor, Carnita and Pollo to get a base taste.

                  Later move over to Huaraches and get the Tinga or Chicharon. If your really feeling adventurous....try the Huitlacoche (Corn Smut!).

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    JP gave excellent suggestions for your first Alameda experience. I'd also add the cabeza to the list of must-try meats. If you've never had it before, this is the best place to try it.

                    Also, I'd rarely recommend reading Yelp for reviews of a restaurant -- they're not often well-founded reviews. But in the case of Alameda, many of the reviews are quite accurate and educated.

                    1. re: jjspw

                      I agree on the Cabeza...I think any of you that know me and my taco cravings know I love my beef cheek!

                    2. re: JanPrimus

             sounds kind of like a taco truck. Is that about right in terms of the kitchen, atmosphere, and food? Sounds good. Columbus has lots of great taco trucks, including those that serve adventurous meats and cheap / spicy / tasty pastor, if you are ever in the area.

            2. Oh and Ajishin in Novi has some $7.50 lunch specials if they would like to try a great bowl of noodles.

              42270 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375