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Where to Score the Tastiest Cheap Eats in Minneapolis

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There’s something wholesome about restaurants that live on the cheap eats list. The food doesn’t arrive on the plate by way of tweezers. Instead it’s often hearty portions prepared with the expert ease of folks that have been serving these dishes for years. The budget-friendly scene features a diverse mix of international influences and diner favorites that bring people and communities together.

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1. Serendripity Spot

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3300 Lyndale Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412
(612) 564-3478
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Scratch waffles and made-to-order sandwiches with local, seasonal ingredients, all totally customizable and well under $10. Bring a mug for to-go coffee: this sunny Northside cafe is 100% zero waste.

This community cafe is known for its great waffles
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2. Football Pizza

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2339 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 782-0169
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Famous for oblong pies, this Minneapolis icon (formerly known as Crescent Moon) is a cheap eats haven. The base is Afghani flatbread crust with toppings that range from standard to gyro meat and halal beef. In between is the sauce, and diners should choose spicy green for an authentic football pizza experience.

New name, same awesome pizza
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3. Que Viet Village House

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2211 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-4744

The hot and spicy chicken at this Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant is delicious, and at $10.50 for a meal that’s big enough for two with leftovers, it’s also affordable. Add State Fair favorite egg rolls for $4.95.

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4. Ideal Diner

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1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 789-7630
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When a brisket walks into Ideal, it emerges as juicy, fatty, nicely salted corned beef. For breakfast, get the corned beef hash ($7.75). Lunch, a Reuben for just $7.50. There’s plenty else on the menu, most if it hovering between $6-8, but for first-timers, wait until after an introduction to how proper corned beef should taste.

These are the seats in this tiny, but ideal diner
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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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The exterior may be reminiscent of a bunker, but the interior is short-order heaven. Uncle Franky’s menu reads like a hall-of-fame for cities’ deli classics, from Philly cheesesteak or New York pastrami for $8.95, to a Detroit chili burger ($3.95) and, of course, the Chicago dog ($3.95). Throw in the self-proclaimed world’s greatest chocolate malt and enjoy an affordable best-in-show of iconic meat-between-bread.

Where a hot dog is a blank canvas
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6. Al's Breakfast

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413 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-9991
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It’s a breakfast institution for a reason. Go there. Get enormous pancakes, saucy benedicts and heaps of hashbrowns. Revel in the small staff’s gruff-yet-cheery humor. Eat everything, spend next to nothing. Then get out of the way because someone is waiting for the next open seat.

An American classic
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7. Afro Deli & Grill: Minneapolis

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720 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 871-5555
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The most affordable introduction to African food in Minneapolis sits in Stadium Village, serving up filling cuisine that melds pan-African and Mediterranean flavors. Owner Abdirahman Kahin’s favorite is the Afro steak dinner, and at just under $11 for a large order with rice and sautéed veggies, eaters can afford to add a couple of sambusas and a side of green sauce for good measure.

An ideal introduction to African food, the chicken fantastic bears a resemblance to hotdish
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8. Lotus Restaurant

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113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 870-1218
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At this Loring Park Vietnamese restaurant, eaters can snag a ‘small’ order of pho for $7.49, or a large for $9.49 that easily stretches to three meals. The menu is vast and reasonably priced, but don’t let the banana wontons get lost in the pages. These deep-fried treats are covered in powdered sugar and crushed peanuts and just $4.99. Add a fresh-squeezed limeade, and it is easy to understand how Lotus has earned such a loyal following.

A long-time Minneapolis favorite spot for affordable eats
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9. Wienery

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414 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 333-5798
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The Weinery challenges eaters to never underestimate the hot dog. There are at least 16 ways to order a dog here, all options either $4 or $5 and heaped with toppings. Vegans take note: there are multiple animal-free dog options. Weiner highlights are the Briny dog with Italian sausage, giardiniera, sauerkraut and a pickle in a steamed poppyseed bun ($5), and the Cadillac: a hot dog, wrapped in a pancake with bacon, egg, and cheese ($6.50). Slather it in both mustard and syrup and never look back. Don’t forget to add fries, ordered by the potato ($2 for one, $3.50 for two), cut and fried to order.

A West Bank classic
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10. Hard Times Cafe

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1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 341-9261
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This vegetarian spot maintains a loyal following, and for good reason. Closed for just two hours a day, Hard Times offers a sanctuary of cheap vegan eats nearly round-the-clock. The biscuits with mushroom gravy are $5.25 full order, $3.25 half order are heralded as some of the best in the city, and a full order of the Helter Skelter hash, loaded with bright, crunchy sautéed veggies, is enough to feed two for $9.25.

The best in vegan cheap eats
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11. Band Box Diner

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729 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 332-0850
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This 1930’s holdover offers expert takes on diner classics plus a few novelty burgers dreamt up by owner and grillmaster Brad Ptacek. The Lunchbox burger goes for $8.50, with slaw and a heaping handful of shoestring fries. Or try the Dude Ranch, piled high with onion rings, ranch dressing, the diner’s famous Bro sauce ($8.50).

The little burgers are so good
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12. Maria's Cafe

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1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9842
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Colombian classics prevail at this cheery, inexpensive restaurant. Maria’s is known for plate-sized cachapas or corn pancakes for $7.95, but with affordable prices and a menu begging to be sampled, it’s best to just come hungry and try a little bit of everything.

It’s clearly all about the corn pancakes
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13. Jasmine Deli

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2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-4700
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This tiny eat street spot has a loyal following, serving Vietnamese comfort food, exceptionally bright-flavored pho, a beloved banh mi, and hardly a dish over $10.

A massive sandwich
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14. Lu's Sandwiches

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2624 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-0350
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For Vietnamese fast-casual, Lu’s builds affordable sandwiches and bowls to order. The banh mi is Lu’s specialty, with all the necessary toppings plus bread is baked on site. The nearly footlong sandwich fetches a mere $7, an astoundingly low price considering Lu’s makes the baguettes, pate, and mayo.  

Mega meaty sandwiches
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15. My Huong Kitchen

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2718 Nicollet Ave #101B
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 872-2323
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This family-run gem is known for friendly service and delicious, affordable Vietnamese food. My Huong serves a pho to rival the best in Minneapolis, but the runaway special is the chicken curry noodle soup. That dish features ginger-lemongrass-infused broth with hints of chili pepper and warming cinnamon for $9.95. Finish by sharing a massive Nutella banana crepe ($6.95) and a funky durian fruit bubble-smoothie ($5.50) for dessert.

Pho
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16. Quang Restaurant

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2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-4739
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Though Quang’s is a purveyor of what may be the most highly regarded pho in the city, the menu extends well beyond that rich, meaty, deeply-flavored broth. Best of all, diners will be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of meals that break the $10 mark.

It’s impossible to walk out of here hungry
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17. Pho Tau Bay

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2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 874-6030
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This unassuming Vietnamese restaurant offers one of Minneapolis’ best buns (noodle salad) with ultra-thin noodles, charred pork, pickled carrots and daikon radish for just $10. Other can’t-miss dishes are the pho, broken rice or the green papaya salad.

Green papaya salad
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18. Moroccan Flavors

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920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(651) 410-0361
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Vibrant-colored North African cuisine is the mainstay at this Midtown Global Market food stall. Chef Hassan Ziada’s refreshing creations seem impossible for the price: a salad sampler of eight sides including rosewater oranges, spicy cauliflower, and marinated zucchini goes for $8.95; tagines range from $9 to $13. Expect generous portions of braised meat served atop turmeric rice and plenty of vegetables.

A taste of Morocco in the heart of Minneapolis
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19. Abi's cafe

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1532 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 721-0013
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Abi’s Cafe is a modest Salvadoran spot in Phillips, with a welcoming, friendly owner serving $2.75 pupusas. Whether eating in or taking out, order revueltas (pork rind, beans, cheese) and cheese loroco (nutty, semi-bitter green flower), pile it high with curtido (pickled cabbage), and add a healthy dose of salsa roja.

Pollo frito
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20. Taco Taxi

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1511 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-3293
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The al pastor meat is marinated pork shaved from a vertical rotisserie and at $1.75 per taco with cilantro, onions, and radishes, it’s easty to order a few. Add an order of Birra, a spicy stew from owners Carlos & Hector Lopez’s native Jalisco, MX, at nearly any hour of the day or night.

You won’t believe what they serve here
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21. Modern Times

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3200 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 886-3882
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An eclectic vegan-friendly restaurant with a hippie-punk contingency. The bright orange and green building serves a massive $10 platter of migas, or loaded southside hash is at $13 for an order that will easily last three meals. Beyond breakfast, there are mile-high sandwiches that require two hands and cost between $8-10. Most of the menu is sustainable, organic, and can be made vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore to suit each diner’s preference.

A Powderhorn favorite
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22. Matt's Bar and Grill

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3500 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
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Where a cheeseburger is just $4.50, but to put the cheese on the inside diners pay a $3 premium — Jucy Lucy’s are hard work. Luckily, Matt’s has been doing this for a while, and there is a certain depth of caramelized flavor fried into each burger, wherever the cheese goes. Plus, for under $10 for a burger and craft beer, it’s a hard deal to beat.

Fear the cheese
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23. Our Kitchen

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813 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3718
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Two eggs, hashbrowns, and toast for $7.50 is a steal, but where this neighborhood eatery really shines is upgrading the toast to a plate-sized blueberry pancake and adding peppers, onions, and cheese to the giant platter of crispy golden hashbrowns. This loaded combination, complete with eggs clocks in at $11, and it’s enough to stuff two diners until dinner.

Squee! Sized
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24. Smoke in the Pit

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3733 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 315-3145
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Meals range from $5.99 for pulled pork and fries during lunch to $13.99 for a half slab of ribs and two sides at dinner, but the affordable price is not the selling point for this pint-sized barbecue spot. Whether it’s rib tips, chicken wings, or a Barbarian-sized turkey leg, Pitmaster Dwight Alexander smokes the meat for hours and hours until it is just right — adding sauce is almost a sin.

Smoked wings and fries for under $10
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1. Serendripity Spot

3300 Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
This community cafe is known for its great waffles
Eater Twin Cities/File Photo

Scratch waffles and made-to-order sandwiches with local, seasonal ingredients, all totally customizable and well under $10. Bring a mug for to-go coffee: this sunny Northside cafe is 100% zero waste.

3300 Lyndale Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55412

2. Football Pizza

2339 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
New name, same awesome pizza
Football Pizza/Website

Famous for oblong pies, this Minneapolis icon (formerly known as Crescent Moon) is a cheap eats haven. The base is Afghani flatbread crust with toppings that range from standard to gyro meat and halal beef. In between is the sauce, and diners should choose spicy green for an authentic football pizza experience.

2339 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

3. Que Viet Village House

2211 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Que Viet Village/Facebook

The hot and spicy chicken at this Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant is delicious, and at $10.50 for a meal that’s big enough for two with leftovers, it’s also affordable. Add State Fair favorite egg rolls for $4.95.

2211 Johnson St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

4. Ideal Diner

1314 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
These are the seats in this tiny, but ideal diner
Ideal Diner/Facebook

When a brisket walks into Ideal, it emerges as juicy, fatty, nicely salted corned beef. For breakfast, get the corned beef hash ($7.75). Lunch, a Reuben for just $7.50. There’s plenty else on the menu, most if it hovering between $6-8, but for first-timers, wait until after an introduction to how proper corned beef should taste.

1314 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Uncle Franky's

728 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Where a hot dog is a blank canvas
Uncle Franky’s/Facebook

The exterior may be reminiscent of a bunker, but the interior is short-order heaven. Uncle Franky’s menu reads like a hall-of-fame for cities’ deli classics, from Philly cheesesteak or New York pastrami for $8.95, to a Detroit chili burger ($3.95) and, of course, the Chicago dog ($3.95). Throw in the self-proclaimed world’s greatest chocolate malt and enjoy an affordable best-in-show of iconic meat-between-bread.

728 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Al's Breakfast

413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
An American classic
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

It’s a breakfast institution for a reason. Go there. Get enormous pancakes, saucy benedicts and heaps of hashbrowns. Revel in the small staff’s gruff-yet-cheery humor. Eat everything, spend next to nothing. Then get out of the way because someone is waiting for the next open seat.

413 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

7. Afro Deli & Grill: Minneapolis

720 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55454
An ideal introduction to African food, the chicken fantastic bears a resemblance to hotdish
Afro Deli/Eater Twin Cities

The most affordable introduction to African food in Minneapolis sits in Stadium Village, serving up filling cuisine that melds pan-African and Mediterranean flavors. Owner Abdirahman Kahin’s favorite is the Afro steak dinner, and at just under $11 for a large order with rice and sautéed veggies, eaters can afford to add a couple of sambusas and a side of green sauce for good measure.

720 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55454

8. Lotus Restaurant

113 W Grant St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
A long-time Minneapolis favorite spot for affordable eats
Lotus / Facebook

At this Loring Park Vietnamese restaurant, eaters can snag a ‘small’ order of pho for $7.49, or a large for $9.49 that easily stretches to three meals. The menu is vast and reasonably priced, but don’t let the banana wontons get lost in the pages. These deep-fried treats are covered in powdered sugar and crushed peanuts and just $4.99. Add a fresh-squeezed limeade, and it is easy to understand how Lotus has earned such a loyal following.

113 W Grant St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

9. Wienery

414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
A West Bank classic
Ed Kohler/Wikicommons

The Weinery challenges eaters to never underestimate the hot dog. There are at least 16 ways to order a dog here, all options either $4 or $5 and heaped with toppings. Vegans take note: there are multiple animal-free dog options. Weiner highlights are the Briny dog with Italian sausage, giardiniera, sauerkraut and a pickle in a steamed poppyseed bun ($5), and the Cadillac: a hot dog, wrapped in a pancake with bacon, egg, and cheese ($6.50). Slather it in both mustard and syrup and never look back. Don’t forget to add fries, ordered by the potato ($2 for one, $3.50 for two), cut and fried to order.

414 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454

10. Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
The best in vegan cheap eats
Wikipedia

This vegetarian spot maintains a loyal following, and for good reason. Closed for just two hours a day, Hard Times offers a sanctuary of cheap vegan eats nearly round-the-clock. The biscuits with mushroom gravy are $5.25 full order, $3.25 half order are heralded as some of the best in the city, and a full order of the Helter Skelter hash, loaded with bright, crunchy sautéed veggies, is enough to feed two for $9.25.

1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

11. Band Box Diner

729 S 10th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The little burgers are so good
Band Box Diner/Facebook

This 1930’s holdover offers expert takes on diner classics plus a few novelty burgers dreamt up by owner and grillmaster Brad Ptacek. The Lunchbox burger goes for $8.50, with slaw and a heaping handful of shoestring fries. Or try the Dude Ranch, piled high with onion rings, ranch dressing, the diner’s famous Bro sauce ($8.50).

729 S 10th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

12. Maria's Cafe

1113 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
It’s clearly all about the corn pancakes
Maria’s/Facebook

Colombian classics prevail at this cheery, inexpensive restaurant. Maria’s is known for plate-sized cachapas or corn pancakes for $7.95, but with affordable prices and a menu begging to be sampled, it’s best to just come hungry and try a little bit of everything.

1113 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

13. Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
A massive sandwich
Jasmine’s Deli/Facebook

This tiny eat street spot has a loyal following, serving Vietnamese comfort food, exceptionally bright-flavored pho, a beloved banh mi, and hardly a dish over $10.

2532 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

14. Lu's Sandwiches

2624 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Mega meaty sandwiches
Lu’s/Facebook

For Vietnamese fast-casual, Lu’s builds affordable sandwiches and bowls to order. The banh mi is Lu’s specialty, with all the necessary toppings plus bread is baked on site. The nearly footlong sandwich fetches a mere $7, an astoundingly low price considering Lu’s makes the baguettes, pate, and mayo.  

2624 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

15. My Huong Kitchen

2718 Nicollet Ave #101B, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pho
My Huong Kitchen/Facebook

This family-run gem is known for friendly service and delicious, affordable Vietnamese food. My Huong serves a pho to rival the best in Minneapolis, but the runaway special is the chicken curry noodle soup. That dish features ginger-lemongrass-infused broth with hints of chili pepper and warming cinnamon for $9.95. Finish by sharing a massive Nutella banana crepe ($6.95) and a funky durian fruit bubble-smoothie ($5.50) for dessert.

2718 Nicollet Ave #101B
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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16. Quang Restaurant

2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
It’s impossible to walk out of here hungry
Quang/Facebook

Though Quang’s is a purveyor of what may be the most highly regarded pho in the city, the menu extends well beyond that rich, meaty, deeply-flavored broth. Best of all, diners will be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of meals that break the $10 mark.

2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

17. Pho Tau Bay

2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Green papaya salad
Molly Mogren/Eater Twin Cities

This unassuming Vietnamese restaurant offers one of Minneapolis’ best buns (noodle salad) with ultra-thin noodles, charred pork, pickled carrots and daikon radish for just $10. Other can’t-miss dishes are the pho, broken rice or the green papaya salad.

2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

18. Moroccan Flavors

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
A taste of Morocco in the heart of Minneapolis
Moroccan Flavors/Facebook

Vibrant-colored North African cuisine is the mainstay at this Midtown Global Market food stall. Chef Hassan Ziada’s refreshing creations seem impossible for the price: a salad sampler of eight sides including rosewater oranges, spicy cauliflower, and marinated zucchini goes for $8.95; tagines range from $9 to $13. Expect generous portions of braised meat served atop turmeric rice and plenty of vegetables.

920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

19. Abi's cafe

1532 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Pollo frito
Abi’s Cafe/Facebook

Abi’s Cafe is a modest Salvadoran spot in Phillips, with a welcoming, friendly owner serving $2.75 pupusas. Whether eating in or taking out, order revueltas (pork rind, beans, cheese) and cheese loroco (nutty, semi-bitter green flower), pile it high with curtido (pickled cabbage), and add a healthy dose of salsa roja.

1532 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

20. Taco Taxi

1511 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
You won’t believe what they serve here
Taco Taxi/Facebook

The al pastor meat is marinated pork shaved from a vertical rotisserie and at $1.75 per taco with cilantro, onions, and radishes, it’s easty to order a few. Add an order of Birra, a spicy stew from owners Carlos & Hector Lopez’s native Jalisco, MX, at nearly any hour of the day or night.

1511 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

21. Modern Times

3200 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407