Story by Veronica Burns, Staff Writer
Food is something I have a hard time staying on budget for, especial living close to so many great restaurants. Eastown has a wide range of local places to eat at. Some are budget friendly, and others are so good you don’t care how much you’re spending.
If you love breakfast food, Wolfgang’s is an automatic favorite you need to check out. Located on the corner of Wealthy and Lake, they have a wide range of reasonably priced pancakes, waffles, benedicts, skillets, omelettes, and more. If you plan on coming here, especially on a weekend, get there early, as this is one of the most popular places to eat in the area. It won the 2015 Celebrated Service Award, which is about “service throughout the community that leads to meaningful change; building equity for all who live in and visit our communities.”
Brandywine is a family owned restaurant located on Lake Drive that has a variety of breakfast foods, Mexican specialities, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. With ribs, salmon, steak also available, finding something everyone will like should be an easy task.
Eastown Cafe is similar to Brandywine because of the amount of options it has available. Breakfast foods, sandwiches, and burgers are main focuses in the menu. What really sets them apart is the fact that everyday except Tuesday, they stay open until 2:30am. So if you’re craving late night meal, and don’t want fastfood, walk or drive on over.
Terra GR is a farm-to-table restaurant that’s mission includes, “Inspired, handcrafted foods that nurture both body and community. At Terra, we follow our passions – and the seasons – for only the freshest, health-filled ingredients from the region’s most dedicated growers.” This makes the entrees (which are only available on dinner menu) more expensive, but there are more budget friendly options. The wood-fired pizzas, salads, soups, and sandwiches are lower in price. If you go here from 3-6 p.m., there are happy hour specials that include; half-off salads, $10 any pizza, and $2.50 off draft beer, glass wine, and handcrafted cocktails. On Saturday and Sunday they offer brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Another late night, well-known spot is Yesterdog. They open everyday at 10:30 a.m., and close at 2:30 a.m., except on Sundays it closes at midnight. Each hot dog is in the price range of $2.30-$2.70, with 6 main hot dog options available. You can customize your order, but just make sure you bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards here.
If you explore Eastown you will find Caribbean, Chinese, Mediterranean, Indian, and Ethiopian options as well. Harmony Brewing Company and the Eastown Sports Bar & Grille are great places to get a drink, or a bit to eat, as well.
Where it is you find your next meal, be sure to check out the endless opportunities in the neighborhood surrounding Aquinas.
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