By Jill Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
It’s lunchtime with one hour between classes, $10 in pocket, less than 10 minutes walking one-way – all things to be considered when choosing a lunch spot on a college student’s budget, often with a limited window of time.
As a former resident of Chicago (and self-described hot dog enthusiast), I had an interest in starting with a review of One Stop Coney Shop, 154 E. Fulton Street.
Hot Dog combos are priced between $6-$8, come with a hot dog, 16 oz. drink and a cone of Belgian frites/fries.
According to my watch (and street signage), it was a 5 minute walk from the Main Building at Grand Rapids Community College to One Stop. Door-to-door, the entire experience took 42 minutes.
As a one-year resident of Grand Rapids, I felt compelled to try the “GR” combo, loaded with Detroit Chili Sauce (secret recipe of Koegal Meats, Flint MI), Dill Shreddies, onion, mustard and ketchup. I went for the grilled version rather than the “ripped” (deep-fried hot dog that causes the casing to burst) this round. Never frozen and cooked to order.
The Belgian frites/fries are cooked at a lower temperature in the morning, then flashed at a high temperature when ordered to crisp up the outside. The frites/fries are then seasoned with a special blend of spices. It was a full meal at only $6.70.
Owner Brian DeGalan moved his family here six years ago from the suburbs of Detroit and will be celebrating a anniversary at the end of October in Grand Rapids.
“Student dollars are hard to come by,” DeGalan said. “We really appreciate their business.”
He was especially proud (and should be) that they get a number of local culinary students as customers.
“When culinary students come to your restaurant, you think you must be doing something right,” DeGalan said.
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Location: 154 E. Fulton Street
Other interesting options to be reviewed that meet the same above criteria:
Grand Central Market, 57 Monroe Center St NW
Local Mocha, 96 Monroe Center St Nw
Gita Pita, 2 Jefferson Ave SE
Two Beards Deli, 38 Commerce Ave SW
Sushi-Yama, 146 Monroe Center NW
Freshii, 146 Monroe Center NW
Smashburger, 25 Michigan St (Food Court)