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Treat yourself for $10 to a feast at these local spots
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Where to Order the Tastiest Cheap Eats in Minneapolis

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Treat yourself for $10 to a feast at these local spots
| Bull’s Horn [Official]

We get it, money is tight right now. But COVID solidified in all of us the desire to help local restaurants and the hankering for a good meal created and served by someone else. Below is a list of a few spots offering terrific flavor and a break from our kitchens for less than a couple of lattes.

A number of Twin Cities restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health. The level of risk involved with dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Que Viet Village House

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2211 Johnson St NE #3905
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-4744
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Known for massive egg rolls on a stick during the state fair (sniff sniff), Que Viet’s egg fu young dishes are equally cravable. Fresh veggies and protein ensconced in impossibly fluffy eggs to create ethereal pillows that are at once light and substantial. Most days a serving is enough for at least two meals…most days.

2. Maya Cuisine

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1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-0775
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We’re still waiting for a taco truck on every corner, but until then, stop by Maya Cuisine on Central Avenue for platters of tacos, huaraches and tamales for ten dollars or less. And in a throw-back to when we could travel south of the border, individual tacos are only $2.75. 

3. Uncle Franky's

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728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 455-2181
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Nothing beats a good dog for a cheap and satisfying lunch. Even a double dog at Uncle Frankie’s is under $10. While the tiny Minneapolis spot is famous for its hotdogs, and rightfully so, give their version of a Juicy Lucy a try for around $8 or the triple (yes, triple!) Windy City Burger for $7.50. Plan for a nap immediately afterwards. 

The small, square exterior of the restaurant, with a sign decked out with a smiling cartoon figure, arms outstretched
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4. Emily's Lebanese Deli

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641 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 379-4069
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This mom and pop eatery has been around for almost half a century, serving platters of hummus, baba ghanoush and some of the best kibbi in town. Best bet for lunch? The appetizer platter and a Lebanese salad for under $20 or the fried kibbi sandwich for just over $10. 

5. B.A.D Wingz

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519 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 545-5059
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There have been some genius pivots and innovations during COVID around town, including the addition of a wing stop inside the popular donut shop Glam Doll. From the purveyors of Soul Bowl, B.A.D Wingz offers a variety of regular (as in, actual chicken) and plant based wings, as well as snacks galore. You can really have it your way here, with choose-your-own rubs and sauces.

6. Breizh Crêperie

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701 SE 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Chef Claire Corvaisier, a Brittany, France native, brings the quintessential Breton crepe to Minneapolis Cider Co. Pairing crepes and hard cider is apparently a 700 year old tradition in the villages of Brittany, so who are we to argue? Breizh (meaning Brittany) serves sweet crepes and savory galettes, which are savory crepes made with buckwheat and served with a small salad.  

7. Kimchi Tofu House

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307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-1112
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The tiny University of Minnesota campus eatery specializes in silken tofu bowls, teeming with a variety of flavorful combinations like beef, veggies or octopus- it’s truly comfort in a bowl. Kimchi Tofu House also serves a simple Korean style ramen, which is spicier than its Japanese counterpart. Both dishes will barely set you back a Hamilton. 

8. Sushi Train

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1200 Nicollet Mall STE C3
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 259-8488
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The best thing about the conveyor belt technology at Sushi Train (other than the delicious sushi, of course) is the customization of the experience. Pick a dish off the delivery belt and an RFID chip in each plate adds up the total as you go. Plates range from $2.45 to over $6, so a lack of restraint will pop that bill up quickly. Pace yourself. 

9. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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902 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 808-1628
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For extra kick this winter, pick up a few bowls of Jamaican food from what may very well be the most inimitable partnership in town. Yoni Reinharz, a local Jewish Rapper and Tomme Beevas, a Jamaican business executive with a pile of family recipes. These bowls are a particularly solid choice for the whole curbside-pick-up-eat-in-your-car situation we are in. 

A bowl of jerk chicken over coconut rice
Order this spciy, comforting food at the original location on Eat Street or the food truck at St. Paul’s Keg & Case
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10. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378
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For under ten bucks, Chef Doug Flicker’s dive bar turns out some of the best classic burgers in town. Pre-COVID, Bull’s Horn was a bustling local hang, but for now, pick up an order to go and splurge on a basket of chicken gizzards. Yes, really. 

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1. Que Viet Village House

2211 Johnson St NE #3905, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Known for massive egg rolls on a stick during the state fair (sniff sniff), Que Viet’s egg fu young dishes are equally cravable. Fresh veggies and protein ensconced in impossibly fluffy eggs to create ethereal pillows that are at once light and substantial. Most days a serving is enough for at least two meals…most days.

2211 Johnson St NE #3905
Minneapolis, MN 55418

2. Maya Cuisine

1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

We’re still waiting for a taco truck on every corner, but until then, stop by Maya Cuisine on Central Avenue for platters of tacos, huaraches and tamales for ten dollars or less. And in a throw-back to when we could travel south of the border, individual tacos are only $2.75. 

1840 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

3. 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
Better than the average dog
Uncle Franky’s/Facebook

Nothing beats a good dog for a cheap and satisfying lunch. Even a double dog at Uncle Frankie’s is under $10. While the tiny Minneapolis spot is famous for its hotdogs, and rightfully so, give their version of a Juicy Lucy a try for around $8 or the triple (yes, triple!) Windy City Burger for $7.50. Plan for a nap immediately afterwards. 

728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

4. Emily's Lebanese Deli

641 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

This mom and pop eatery has been around for almost half a century, serving platters of hummus, baba ghanoush and some of the best kibbi in town. Best bet for lunch? The appetizer platter and a Lebanese salad for under $20 or the fried kibbi sandwich for just over $10. 

641 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. B.A.D Wingz

519 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

There have been some genius pivots and innovations during COVID around town, including the addition of a wing stop inside the popular donut shop Glam Doll. From the purveyors of Soul Bowl, B.A.D Wingz offers a variety of regular (as in, actual chicken) and plant based wings, as well as snacks galore. You can really have it your way here, with choose-your-own rubs and sauces.

519 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Breizh Crêperie

701 SE 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Chef Claire Corvaisier, a Brittany, France native, brings the quintessential Breton crepe to Minneapolis Cider Co. Pairing crepes and hard cider is apparently a 700 year old tradition in the villages of Brittany, so who are we to argue? Breizh (meaning Brittany) serves sweet crepes and savory galettes, which are savory crepes made with buckwheat and served with a small salad.  

701 SE 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Kimchi Tofu House

307 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

The tiny University of Minnesota campus eatery specializes in silken tofu bowls, teeming with a variety of flavorful combinations like beef, veggies or octopus- it’s truly comfort in a bowl. Kimchi Tofu House also serves a simple Korean style ramen, which is spicier than its Japanese counterpart. Both dishes will barely set you back a Hamilton. 

307 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

8. Sushi Train

1200 Nicollet Mall STE C3, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The best thing about the conveyor belt technology at Sushi Train (other than the delicious sushi, of course) is the customization of the experience. Pick a dish off the delivery belt and an RFID chip in each plate adds up the total as you go. Plates range from $2.45 to over $6, so a lack of restraint will pop that bill up quickly. Pace yourself. 

1200 Nicollet Mall STE C3
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

902 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
A bowl of jerk chicken over coconut rice
Order this spciy, comforting food at the original location on Eat Street or the food truck at St. Paul’s Keg & Case
Pimento Jamaican Kitchen [Official]

For extra kick this winter, pick up a few bowls of Jamaican food from what may very well be the most inimitable partnership in town. Yoni Reinharz, a local Jewish Rapper and Tomme Beevas, a Jamaican business executive with a pile of family recipes. These bowls are a particularly solid choice for the whole curbside-pick-up-eat-in-your-car situation we are in. 

902 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

10. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

For under ten bucks, Chef Doug Flicker’s dive bar turns out some of the best classic burgers in town. Pre-COVID, Bull’s Horn was a bustling local hang, but for now, pick up an order to go and splurge on a basket of chicken gizzards. Yes, really. 

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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