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Readers Vote: 20 of Minneapolis's Best Cheap Eats

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Tax day approacheth. But even if you're feeling the pinch, at least you can still eat well. Last week, we asked for readers' favorite cheap eats in the Twin Cities. The suggestions included lots (and lots) of tacos, but also spanned a wide variety of cuisines and even hit some spots that might not immediately spring to mind when we say the word "cheap."

Here now are 20 of Minneapolis's Best Cheap Eats, presented in roughly geographic order. Are we missing your favorite inexpensive nosh? Let us know in the comments.


· What Are Minneapolis's Best Cheap Eats? [Eater MPLS]
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Las Teresitas

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The fish tacos at Las Teresitas are only $4.85 for two (and regular tacos are an incredible $1.65 each).

Lucia's Wine Bar

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"The $11 snack board at Lucia's Wine Bar is top notch charcuterie that can feed two."

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

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More (relatively) cheap fish tacos can be found at Uptown's Muddy Waters. At $8 for two, they're pricier than some of the others, but they also come fried as lager tempura and served with slaw, red onions, and crema.

Nightingale

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"Check out Nightingale. Beautiful space, especially the bar, and they have KILLER bruschettas at 6-7 bucks a pop. And a bunch of "snacks" as well. Cocktails are really reasonable as well considering the quality."

Quang Restaurant

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The very first commenter on our cheap eats thread says, "Other than mock duck and tofu noodle salad at QR? What's the point?" Indeed, Commenter #1. Indeed. ($7.95)

Christos

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A tipster emails that Christos' lunch special comes with a cloth napkin (fancy!) and often includes a soup or small salad along with an entree or wrap, all for under $10.

Lu's Sandwiches

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This unassuming storefront on Eat Street sells banh mi and banh mi only. On their own, the sandwiches range from $3.45 - #3.95. Add fries and a soda for $4.95.

Safari Express

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"The samosa at Safari runs $4 a pop and is great for a snack."

The Left Handed Cook

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"I always head to Left Handed Cook for the poutine. $7.01 after tax."

Sonora Grill

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"Beef tongue caramelos at Sonora Grill, two run me $9 after tip. "

Taqueria Los Ocampo

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"If you can't find something on that menu that pleases you and your light wallet you're doing it wrong!"

United Noodles and UniDeli

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Tucked into Seward's United Noodles, UniDeli serves up a variety of ramen, most for under $10. At lunch, choose up to three items from the buffet table for less than $8.

Himalayan Restaurant

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"Lunch buffet, $8.95, includes several items for vegans and vegetarians, all you can eat."

The Wienery

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"The Wienery on the West Bank is awesome! You can get a great burger or hot dog, fries and a drink and be out of there for under $10!"

Green Spoon

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This Korean-fusion spot near the U of M dishes up college-budget-friendly prices for non-dining-hall palates. Try the Korean fusion tacos ($2.50 each), the french fries with kimchi and cheese ($4.99), or the Green Spoon Salad with bulgogi ($6.99).

Masu Sushi & Robata NE

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"Amazing tonkatsu curried ramen on the lunch menu at Masu." ($12.50)
At Maya Cuisine in Northeast, you can get a platter of three tacos/tamales with rice and beans for under $8.

El Taco Riendo

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Almost nothing on the menu at this Northeast Mexican spot is over $10 (only the shrimp fajitas, which are $11). A commenter suggests the standby tacos, the cheapest menu option at $2.20 each.

Dong Yang Oriental Foods

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In the back of an Asian food store which is, itself, in the back of a strip mall, Dong Yang is a cheap eats spot for those truly in the know. It serves huge portions of great Korean food, along with the traditional banchan (side dishes), with many options for under $10.

Taqueria Los Paisanos

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"Los Paisanos taco house in Dayton's Bluff. The tacos are great. But I go for the tortas. A large french roll with beans, mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and choice of meat for $6.50. A meal in itself. My favorite is called buche, which is marinated pig stomach. They have plenty of other choices for the less adventurous."

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Las Teresitas

The fish tacos at Las Teresitas are only $4.85 for two (and regular tacos are an incredible $1.65 each).

Lucia's Wine Bar

"The $11 snack board at Lucia's Wine Bar is top notch charcuterie that can feed two."

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

More (relatively) cheap fish tacos can be found at Uptown's Muddy Waters. At $8 for two, they're pricier than some of the others, but they also come fried as lager tempura and served with slaw, red onions, and crema.

Nightingale

"Check out Nightingale. Beautiful space, especially the bar, and they have KILLER bruschettas at 6-7 bucks a pop. And a bunch of "snacks" as well. Cocktails are really reasonable as well considering the quality."

Quang Restaurant

The very first commenter on our cheap eats thread says, "Other than mock duck and tofu noodle salad at QR? What's the point?" Indeed, Commenter #1. Indeed. ($7.95)

Christos

A tipster emails that Christos' lunch special comes with a cloth napkin (fancy!) and often includes a soup or small salad along with an entree or wrap, all for under $10.

Lu's Sandwiches

This unassuming storefront on Eat Street sells banh mi and banh mi only. On their own, the sandwiches range from $3.45 - #3.95. Add fries and a soda for $4.95.

Safari Express

"The samosa at Safari runs $4 a pop and is great for a snack."

The Left Handed Cook

"I always head to Left Handed Cook for the poutine. $7.01 after tax."

Sonora Grill

"Beef tongue caramelos at Sonora Grill, two run me $9 after tip. "

Taqueria Los Ocampo

"If you can't find something on that menu that pleases you and your light wallet you're doing it wrong!"

United Noodles and UniDeli

Tucked into Seward's United Noodles, UniDeli serves up a variety of ramen, most for under $10. At lunch, choose up to three items from the buffet table for less than $8.

Himalayan Restaurant

"Lunch buffet, $8.95, includes several items for vegans and vegetarians, all you can eat."

The Wienery

"The Wienery on the West Bank is awesome! You can get a great burger or hot dog, fries and a drink and be out of there for under $10!"

Green Spoon

This Korean-fusion spot near the U of M dishes up college-budget-friendly prices for non-dining-hall palates. Try the Korean fusion tacos ($2.50 each), the french fries with kimchi and cheese ($4.99), or the Green Spoon Salad with bulgogi ($6.99).

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Masu Sushi & Robata NE

"Amazing tonkatsu curried ramen on the lunch menu at Masu." ($12.50)

Maya

At Maya Cuisine in Northeast, you can get a platter of three tacos/tamales with rice and beans for under $8.

El Taco Riendo

Almost nothing on the menu at this Northeast Mexican spot is over $10 (only the shrimp fajitas, which are $11). A commenter suggests the standby tacos, the cheapest menu option at $2.20 each.

Dong Yang Oriental Foods

In the back of an Asian food store which is, itself, in the back of a strip mall, Dong Yang is a cheap eats spot for those truly in the know. It serves huge portions of great Korean food, along with the traditional banchan (side dishes), with many options for under $10.

Taqueria Los Paisanos

"Los Paisanos taco house in Dayton's Bluff. The tacos are great. But I go for the tortas. A large french roll with beans, mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and choice of meat for $6.50. A meal in itself. My favorite is called buche, which is marinated pig stomach. They have plenty of other choices for the less adventurous."

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