Minneapolis's Top Cheap Eats

Minneapolis's Top Cheap Eats

Hungry students (or others watching their wallets) don't have to rely just on lutefisk (the classic Scandinavian dried fish) for sustenance.

So take a stroll down Eat Street (and elsewhere in Minneapolis) and find restaurants acclaimed for dishing out tasty meals and great deals.

Our recommendations (including links when available):

Nick and Eddie

This restaurant in Minneapolis's Loring Park neighborhood serves five-star food for one-(occasionally two-) star prices. Reviewers rave about the $9 walleye and chips and foodies love the Scotch Egg and other unique options. nickandeddie.com

Jasmine Deli

Jasmine Deli is a Vietnamese deli in the Uptown/Eat Street district. The small restaurant attracts many Vietnamese immigrants and Minneapolis takeout customers. Locals recommend the spring rolls, mock duck sandwich, and bánh mì. A slightly more upscale version, Jasmine 26, is open around the corner.

Little Tijuana

Also located in the "Eat Street" area, Little Tijuana is popular for its late hours, heavily tattooed staff, crayons for doodling, and of course, the filling Mexican-American food. Vegetarian chimichanagas, fried chips, mini tacos, and enchiladas satisfy the cravings of students (and others out and about after hours).

Mesa Pizza

Near the University of Minnesota, this pizza place goes beyond the typical slice of pepperoni. Your taste buds can explore versions like the Mac and Cheese pizza, the triple smoke (this includes smoked ham, smoked barbeque, smoked bacon...and steak), the guacamole burrito pizza, and many others. And the price is right -- $2-$3/slice. mesapizzamn.com

Al's Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many in Minneapolis say this is the best breakfast spot in the Twin Cities.

Located near the University of Minnestota (in Dinkytown), Al's is a very small restaurant (seats 14 and 10-feet wide) with big breakfast flavors -- including blueberry pancakes, hash browns, omelettes, and, of course, good and greasy bacon.

The spot has fed generations of students and notable Minnesotans, from Garrison Keilor to James Lileks. It's unconfirmed (but possible) that Bob Dylan, who discovered his attraction to folk music while attending the University of Minnesota, ate at Al's.

If you want to work at any of these places or open your own restaurant, check out the culinary arts schools in Minneapolis.

Searching for restaurants in other cities? See our "Cheap Eats" guides in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Orlando, Seattle, and San Francisco.

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