Cheap Eats: Twin Cities

Fill your tummy without leaving your pocketbook empty. Check out these Twin Cities restaurants for steals on seriously delicious meals. (Photo courtesy of Barrio)

Updated: January 29, 2010

Bargain-Priced Meals

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.

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.

Broders Cucina Italiana

2308 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

The little sister to the high-end Broder's Pasta Bar, this little South Minneapolis shop caters to diners looking for the quick and cheap. Want a slice with fresh Italian meats and cheeses? You can get it for under $7. Broder's is also famous for its Panini, which come decorated with fresh, homemade bread and stuffed with things like thin-sliced capicola for under $8.

Jasmine Deli

2532 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This Eat Street favorite has cheap eats in spades. Try one of Jasmine's mock duck sandwiches for a healthy treat under $5. Or for something heartier go for the giant bowls of Pho, noodle soup loaded with spices, veggies and your favorite fixings.

Cossetta Italian Market

211 Seventh St W, St Paul, MN 55102

Serving up giant slices and subs that would make New Yorkers weep with jealousy, Cossetta's draws the ravenous and lovers of Italian food with its famous scents that escape from even the bricks of this famous St. Paul joint. Best of all, you can get one of these giant, cheese-oozing slices or subs for under $7. Truly lunch money.

Manny's Tortas

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Forget Subway down the street. Cuban-style sandwiches here come loaded with jalapenos, cheese, meat and veggies for under $7. The bread is always crispy and fresh. And Manny's special, loaded with spicy steak, comes as big as your head.

Bar La Grassa

800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

At this hip downtown eatery, gourmet small plates are as little as $5. Order a bunch and share them with the whole table. Or keep them for yourself and enjoy a small meal. The gnocchi, for example, is the perfect size for one person. If you're still hungry, order the small beet salad for $7.


2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Moto-i specializes in super cheap small plates, like dumplings, skewers and noodle and rice dishes that are as cheap as five bucks. And Sunday through Thursday until 6pm and again at 11pm till close you can get snacks like steamed buns (with chicken, pork or mock duck) for $3 apiece.


925 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

From 4pm-6pm Monday through Friday and again at 10pm on weeknights, this buzzed-about downtown tequila bar offers extra-cheap happy hour specials on its already-cheap small plates. You can get Barrio's raved-about tacos for less than three bucks apiece. And even during regular hours, Barrio's selection of small plates won't cost much more than 8 bucks.