food & grocery: Frugal Friday at Cuppy's Best Soulful Deli - comfort food is cooked with love and served with smiles
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
I'd driven by so many times, yet had never managed to get to the small soul food restaurant on Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti no matter how good my intentions were.
"I need to eat at that place. I should really stop by and pick up a little something to take home."
And yet, it didn't happen until just recently. I always seemed to be whizzing down the road to some destination other than food. So, I'm here to tell you: don't wait to go to Cuppy's Best Soulful Deli!
It offers generous portions of great food, homemade desserts and fabulously friendly service. My son, Jeremy, and I are so sorry that we didn't try it sooner.
Admittedly, many of the good ol'-fashioned dishes — smothered pork chops, ribs, catfish, oxtails, chitlins — cost more than our mandatory $5 per person Frugal Floozie Friday budget allows, unless you share them. But Jeremy ordered a generous cheeseburger with all the trimmings for $3; it came with fries for an extra $1, and his bottle of water cost $1. He hit the target perfectly.
We also ordered dessert because... well, who needs a reason? They call to you, tempting you, luring you in. For only $3, you can happily indulge in your seductive sugar fix.
I picked the gorgeous, rich red velvet cake pictured above and was even nudged to choose a corner piece featuring more of the creamy icing by a server after my own heart (and sweet tooth). Jeremy thought the banana pudding sounded most enticing, and it was really an effort to restrict myself to only one taste of it.
The pudding was as thick as frosting, lusciously decadent. It featured generous slices of bananas and whole cookies that had softened into the perfect texture. When Jeremy had finished, I'm not ashamed to admit that I scooped up the last remnants of this treat from the corners of the container.
Cuppy's Best Soulful Deli
1396 E. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 7 p.m.
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The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.