5 to Try: Great Food on the Cheap

These award-winning Twin Cities restaurants offer steals on great meals. (Photo courtesy of Solera)

Updated: October 05, 2009

5 to Try


Cafe Levain

4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Pop in to this lovely south Minneapolis French restaurant on Sunday evenings for a three-course tasting menu at prices way to good to pass up (often for under $20). The atmosphere is always warm and cozy, perfect for topping a lazy Sunday.


Meritage A Brasserie

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Looking for a high-end meal that doesn't cost and arm and a leg? This St. Paul French restaurant, owned by award-winning chef Russel Klein, offers a Sunday night three-course dinner for only $20.


Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This warm and cozy neighborhood bistro in South Minneapolis serves a weeknight early-diners special that includes an entree and house salad for $15. There's usually no wait, and if you get there before 7pm, you get a total steal.


Solera Restaurant And Event Center

900 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

It's hard to believe, but on Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm, this hip downtown tapas bar offers a late-night happy-hour menu that's so super cheap it's addictive. Get homemade sangrias, flatbread, croquettas, sandwiches and more for under $3 each. Honest.