Sometimes you crave something with the quality of a five-star restaurant and the price of the drive-thru. Impossible? Not in Ames! If you like going out to eat and like saving money, you will love these options for ways to satisfy your taste buds and your belly for under ten dollars.
Ali Cakes – Who says you can’t have dessert for dinner? Ali Cakes is the quintessential corner bakery located on Main Street that boasts freshly baked treats every day. You can stick to your standard (in name only!) vanilla or chocolate cupcake for $1.25 or tempt your taste buds with the specialty flavors of the week for only $3. Want the best of both worlds? Try two (or three!) and even box some up to go!
Brick City Grill – In addition to a diverse menu, Brick City Grill has been named for the Best Burger in Ames; and for good reason. Taste for yourself with weekly specials like $7.99 Any Burger Tuesdays, All You Can Eat Boneless Wings Wednesday for $9.99 from 5-9 p.m., $6 Classic Burger Thursdays, 50% Off Appetizers Fridays and daily drink specials.
Depot Deli & Cookies, etc. – Love grill outs, but don’t want to do it yourself? Thursdays at Depot Deli are the perfect solution. For $5 get the grill option of the week and a drink starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy outside on the Depot patio!
The Fighting Burrito – No need to fight about this meal being too pricey. Avoid the arguing and follow “Eight Steps to Create the Perfect Burrito” and build your own or pick a favorite Fighting Burrito. Check the website for coupons!
Great Plains Sauce & Dough Co. – Voted Best Pizza AND Best Local Secret in the 2017 Best of Story County!? Sign us up! $2 lunch slices are such a good deal, you might as well get two. If you can’t finish both, a slice of Great Plains pizza makes one of the best leftovers, hot or cold!
Hickory Park – From a classic Hickory Burger to a platter of savory meats and sides, Hickory Park might just get you the best bang for your buck in Ames. For prices starting around $5, there’s not a chance you will leave without a full belly. In the mood for just dessert? Check out the complete menu for scoops, sundaes, splits, shakes and more!
Jeff’s Pizza Shop – A hometown favorite for Iowa State students and locals alike, Jeff’s serves up $3 slices or $5.50 lunch combo Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and after 10 p.m. to satisfy those late-night cravings. If you’re looking for something equally as satisfying as pizza, try the famous Smotherella Sticks for fresh baked, garlic buttered, mozzarella provolone smothered thick pizza crust with your favorite dipping sauces. YUM!
Open Flame Steak House & Lounge – Just a few minutes north of Ames, in Gilbert, it’s worth the drive for $3 Burger Night on Tuesdays. This family-owned “grill your own” steak house and lounge specializes in steak, chicken and shrimp dinners. If the thought of grilling your own dinner is intimidating, have no fear; they will prepare your meal for you. So get grilling, and eating!
Texas Roadhouse – Early Dine Monday-Thursday until 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday until 3 p.m. and enjoy 11 entrees for $8.99 . Wild West Wednesdays enjoy a big 8 oz. USDA Choice Sirloin Steak dinner and two made-from-scratch sides for $9.99. Just don’t let the complimentary warm rolls and cinnamon-honey butter ruin your appetite.
Wheatsfield Co-op – For $7.99 per pound, load up your plate and enjoy the hot bar selection of the day at Wheatfield. The Co-op is also ideal if you are a foodie who likes taking non-boring pictures of food for your social media accounts - #freshlocalorganic - or as a personal memory of how flavorful your meal was. Follow Wheatsfield on Twitter @wheatsfield for a daily menu and soup update.
When you are hungry and looking for a deal, look no further than the tastes of Ames. We’ve given you some places to start, but for a full list of things to EAT, DO, STAY and SHOP visit ThinkAmes.com.