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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Shaws Bar & Grill

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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.

Lu's Sandwiches

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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.

Spring Street Tavern

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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.

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.

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Uncle Franky's

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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.

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Hearty portions and fantastic hotdogs
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Maya Cuisine

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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.

Dipped & Debris

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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.

El Taco Riendo

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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.

Ideal Diner

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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.

Holy Land

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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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Sammy’s Avenue Eatery #2

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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.

Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

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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.

Football Pizza

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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.

Lien Son Restaurant

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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.

Marino's Deli

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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).

Zakia Deli

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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.

Shaws Bar & Grill

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.

Lu's Sandwiches

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.

Spring Street Tavern

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.

Centro

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.

Tacos and margaritas on tap
Centro/Facebook

Uncle Franky's

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.

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

Maya Cuisine

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.

Dipped & Debris

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.

El Taco Riendo

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.

Ideal Diner

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.

Holy Land

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.

The red brick exterior and red lettered sign of Holy Land
A vast and crowd-pleasing menu
Holy Land [Official]

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery #2

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.

Panaderia Ecuatoriana "Charito"

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.

Football Pizza

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.

Lien Son Restaurant

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.

Marino's Deli

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).

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Zakia Deli

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.

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