ANN ARBOR, MI – Are you a University of Michigan student staying in Ann Arbor for Thanksgiving? Wallet a bit tight?
Yes, Ann Arbor can be an expensive place for food. Buying enough supplies for an entire turkey day meal can be quite daunting on a student budget.
However, there are options for the Thanksgiving holiday that don’t have to break the bank. Restaurants and markets near Central Campus offer selections ranging from cheap or free lunches, affordable cuts of meat, and other ways to get that turkey fix.
Here are three examples.
Mosher Jordan Dining Room
Hundreds of international students and other stay-at-home people can still get a low-cost cooked meal from UM Dining.
The annual Thanksgiving meal is served in the cafeteria of the Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall at 200 Observatory Street. There are also gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options beyond the traditional selections, as well as pumpkin, Dutch apple, and pecan pies.
Dinner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24. Those without a meal plan can purchase an all-you-can-eat dinner with Blue Bucks for $12.79 or a credit card for $15.51 (plus any applicable taxes).
University buses can take and pick up students to and from Mosher-Jordan Hall, better known as MoJo. The transport timetable is available here.
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Original country inn
The pizzeria at 512 E. William St. has been providing free meals to people in need for over 50 years.
The Thanksgiving Day Meal, which the restaurant says focuses on “the DON” of the holiday, runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 24.
Anyone wishing to help provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need can donate to the Original Cottage Inn Venmo @cottageinn account. All proceeds will go towards the cost of food, or additional funds will be donated to the Food Gatherers food bank.
Just steps from central campus, Produce Station at 1629 S. State St. offers a menu you can mix and match for an affordable price.
Roast turkey breasts are available for $14 a pound with a recommended serving of half a pound per person. For some vegetarian options, you can get a dish of butternut squash ravioli or a smoked tempeh cassoulet (stew) for $15 per person.
Side dishes such as butternut squash, charred kale, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, ginger whipped sweet potatoes, bread stuffing, and sweet corn pudding each cost $9-$10 a book. A pint of orange cranberry sauce is $6.
If you’re in a party of six to eight people, you can split the “Traditional Thanksgiving Feast” package for $185, or $23 to $30 per person depending on the size of the party. Package includes four pounds of sliced cooked turkey with a pint of gravy, three pounds of bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mushrooms and green beans, 1 bowl of walnut and cranberry salad and eight dinner rolls homemade.
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