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Stop by Centro for Eater Award winning tacos and affordable margaritas
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Where to Dine Like Royalty for Under $10 in Northeast Minneapolis

Fantastic, affordable meals are easy-to-come by in this culinarily rich neighborhood

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Stop by Centro for Eater Award winning tacos and affordable margaritas
| Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Money can be tight sometimes, we get it. Rent, vintage jeans and that new tattoo don’t exactly pay for themselves. That’s why it’s always good to know where to grab a bite on the cheap. Northeast in particular has many options when it comes to a meal that’ll fill the belly but won’t bust the budget – all for about $10 or less.

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1. Shaws Bar & Grill

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1528 University Avenue Northeast Minneapolis+1 612
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-4405
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Aside from great live music and lively, divey atmosphere, Shaw’s has some seriously good (and affordable) pub grub like the Sun Burger – mayo, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and raw or fried onions – a Nordeast staple since 1954. Don’t expect to find anything on the menu for over $10.

2. Lu's Sandwiches

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10 6th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 587-2694
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Fast-casual eatery Lu’s keeps the line moving with a straightforward menu featuring bánh mì sandwiches and rice and noodle bowls. Pick a base protein and top it off with a variety of fresh fixings. Best of all, Lu’s is super affordable and, well, delicious.

3. Spring Street Tavern

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355 Monroe St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 627-9123
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Breakfast all day and night makes the Spring Street Tavern an affordable place to soak up a hangover in grease (and maybe have another drink). There’s plenty of pub grub staples to fill up on as well and the loyal diners rave about the wings.

4. Centro

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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Centro is quite a bit easier on the wallet than it’s adjacent all-grown-up sibling restaurant Popol Vuh. Centro really shines with $5 happy hour margaritas and $4 tacos served up in a bright and casual spot perfect for meeting up with friends.

Tacos and margaritas on tap
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5. Uncle Franky's

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728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 455-2181
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With a menu full of hotdogs, burgers, and hefty sandwiches, Uncle Franky’s is the definition of a spot to grab a quick, cheap bite. A double Coney Island chili dog with fries and a drink lands at under $10, easy. Multiple vegetarian options, too.

The small, square exterior of the restaurant, with a sign decked out with a smiling cartoon figure, arms outstretched
Hearty portions and fantastic hotdogs
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6. Maya Cuisine

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1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0775
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Maya doesn’t disappoint when it comes to freshly-made street tacos, tamales, burritos and tortas. Fair warning the house salsa that bares Maya’s namesake basically requires a horchata on the side to keep the heat at bay.

7. Dipped & Debris

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2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 800-9424
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Alongside its signature frozen custard, Dipped & Debris has a full menu of classic sandwiches with a modern twist (and pun-laden names). Take the Satay It Ain’t Joe – a tofu satay sandwich topped with peanut sauce and cucumber relish, served on a bread roll loaf. This sandwich shop was the dream of two notable area chefs who wanted to open a restaurant serving the kind of of they crave.

8. El Taco Riendo

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2412 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-3000

While a couple barbacoa tacos are always a good bet from El Taco Riendo, the long lines that form during evenings and nights are full of patrons waiting to wrap their hands around the signature burritos. Embrace being basic and just order the carne asada burrito that’s exquisite simplicity.

9. Ideal Diner

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1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-7630
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As classic a greasy spoon as they come. Grab one of the 14 stools and order up a coffee and a Nordeast Omelette – steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, plus swiss and cheddar. Stop in for the fried fish dinner on Friday evenings.

10. Holy Land

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2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-2627
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With a vast menu that has something delicious for just about every dietary restriction, Holy Land also has plenty of budget-friendly options, like the falafel and shawarma wraps and even burgers and fries.

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A vast and crowd-pleasing menu
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11. Sammy’s Avenue Eatery #2

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3301 MN-65
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 236-4882

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery recently opened a second location on Central Ave. Stop by the new digs and enjoy the friendly, casual cafe atmosphere with sandwiches that are seriously not messing around – like the egg, cheese, and turkey pastrami sandwich for breakfast or a roasted chicken sandwich for lunch.

12. Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

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2409 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 354-3113

Sure, most of the baked goods are about a dollar each, but look above the counter in the back for a menu of also very affordable savory fare like fried pork ribs and plantain and cheese balls.

13. Football Pizza

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2339 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 782-0169
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Yes, the pizza here is shaped kind of like a football. But novelty aside, the crust has a perfect crispy-to-chewy ratio and it must be dipped in the house green sauce. Like, that’s an order. When budget allows, check out the full menu of Mediterranean fare familiar to those who frequented Football Pizza when it was called Crescent Moon.

14. Lien Son Restaurant

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1216 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-8761
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With a large menu of Vietnamese offerings, Lien Son has reasonable prices and is especially affordable during lunch. Try a grilled pork rice platter or a bánh mì and a couple spring rolls.

15. Marino's Deli

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1946 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-0970
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A quaint and homey Italian deli that’s been serving up hoagies and hot meals along Johnson St. since the ’80s. Try the Original Philly Hoagie – capocollo, pepperoni, prosciuttini, provolone, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions, banana peppers, oregano, and olive oil (and add extra meat).

16. Zakia Deli

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2412 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-0288
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To keep the bill small, stick to the specialty sandwiches and salads. The mjadra sandwich, naturally stuffed with Zakia’s signature mjadra, is a go-to vegan option. Omnivores should check out the kafta meatball kabob – meatballs, veggies, and parsley with hummus, and spicy giardiniera.

1. Shaws Bar & Grill

1528 University Avenue Northeast Minneapolis+1 612, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Aside from great live music and lively, divey atmosphere, Shaw’s has some seriously good (and affordable) pub grub like the Sun Burger – mayo, lettuce, tomato, American cheese, and raw or fried onions – a Nordeast staple since 1954. Don’t expect to find anything on the menu for over $10.

1528 University Avenue Northeast Minneapolis+1 612
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Lu's Sandwiches

10 6th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Fast-casual eatery Lu’s keeps the line moving with a straightforward menu featuring bánh mì sandwiches and rice and noodle bowls. Pick a base protein and top it off with a variety of fresh fixings. Best of all, Lu’s is super affordable and, well, delicious.

10 6th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

3. Spring Street Tavern

355 Monroe St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Breakfast all day and night makes the Spring Street Tavern an affordable place to soak up a hangover in grease (and maybe have another drink). There’s plenty of pub grub staples to fill up on as well and the loyal diners rave about the wings.

355 Monroe St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

4. Centro

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tacos and margaritas on tap
Centro/Facebook

Centro is quite a bit easier on the wallet than it’s adjacent all-grown-up sibling restaurant Popol Vuh. Centro really shines with $5 happy hour margaritas and $4 tacos served up in a bright and casual spot perfect for meeting up with friends.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Uncle Franky's

728 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The small, square exterior of the restaurant, with a sign decked out with a smiling cartoon figure, arms outstretched
Hearty portions and fantastic hotdogs
Uncle Franky’s/Facebook

With a menu full of hotdogs, burgers, and hefty sandwiches, Uncle Franky’s is the definition of a spot to grab a quick, cheap bite. A double Coney Island chili dog with fries and a drink lands at under $10, easy. Multiple vegetarian options, too.

728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Maya Cuisine

1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Maya doesn’t disappoint when it comes to freshly-made street tacos, tamales, burritos and tortas. Fair warning the house salsa that bares Maya’s namesake basically requires a horchata on the side to keep the heat at bay.

1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

7. Dipped & Debris

2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Alongside its signature frozen custard, Dipped & Debris has a full menu of classic sandwiches with a modern twist (and pun-laden names). Take the Satay It Ain’t Joe – a tofu satay sandwich topped with peanut sauce and cucumber relish, served on a bread roll loaf. This sandwich shop was the dream of two notable area chefs who wanted to open a restaurant serving the kind of of they crave.

2422 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

8. El Taco Riendo

2412 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

While a couple barbacoa tacos are always a good bet from El Taco Riendo, the long lines that form during evenings and nights are full of patrons waiting to wrap their hands around the signature burritos. Embrace being basic and just order the carne asada burrito that’s exquisite simplicity.

2412 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

9. Ideal Diner

1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

As classic a greasy spoon as they come. Grab one of the 14 stools and order up a coffee and a Nordeast Omelette – steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, plus swiss and cheddar. Stop in for the fried fish dinner on Friday evenings.

1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

10. Holy Land

2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
The red brick exterior and red lettered sign of Holy Land
A vast and crowd-pleasing menu
Holy Land [Official]

With a vast menu that has something delicious for just about every dietary restriction, Holy Land also has plenty of budget-friendly options, like the falafel and shawarma wraps and even burgers and fries.

2513 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

11. Sammy’s Avenue Eatery #2

3301 MN-65, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery recently opened a second location on Central Ave. Stop by the new digs and enjoy the friendly, casual cafe atmosphere with sandwiches that are seriously not messing around – like the egg, cheese, and turkey pastrami sandwich for breakfast or a roasted chicken sandwich for lunch.

3301 MN-65
Minneapolis, MN 55418

12. Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

2409 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Sure, most of the baked goods are about a dollar each, but look above the counter in the back for a menu of also very affordable savory fare like fried pork ribs and plantain and cheese balls.

2409 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

13. Football Pizza

2339 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Yes, the pizza here is shaped kind of like a football. But novelty aside, the crust has a perfect crispy-to-chewy ratio and it must be dipped in the house green sauce. Like, that’s an order. When budget allows, check out the full menu of Mediterranean fare familiar to those who frequented Football Pizza when it was called Crescent Moon.

2339 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

14. Lien Son Restaurant

1216 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

With a large menu of Vietnamese offerings, Lien Son has reasonable prices and is especially affordable during lunch. Try a grilled pork rice platter or a bánh mì and a couple spring rolls.

1216 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

15. Marino's Deli

1946 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

A quaint and homey Italian deli that’s been serving up hoagies and hot meals along Johnson St. since the ’80s. Try the Original Philly Hoagie – capocollo, pepperoni, prosciuttini, provolone, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions, banana peppers, oregano, and olive oil (and add extra meat).

1946 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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16. Zakia Deli

2412 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

To keep the bill small, stick to the specialty sandwiches and salads. The mjadra sandwich, naturally stuffed with Zakia’s signature mjadra, is a go-to vegan option. Omnivores should check out the kafta meatball kabob – meatballs, veggies, and parsley with hummus, and spicy giardiniera.

2412 Kennedy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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