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Saturday, January 24, 2015

6 Cheap Eats in Minneapolis

Minneapolis has some cool stuff. You don’t have to spend your whole trip there in nearby Bloomington and the Mall of America. Shocking, right? As you know, I tend to look for fun things everywhere I go. Even if a place doesn’t sound all that interesting, it doesn’t mean it isn’t. Use Hipmunk to find a nice affordable hotel near where you want to do things and then start planning your trip. Here I want to give you some ideas on where to eat while you’re in town and not empty your wallet.

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I’m always up for something with hummus or covered in feta. Christos is a traditional tavern serving up Greek food on a budget. If you can’t go to Cyprus, at least eat like you’re there. The white tablecloths and cloth napkins give you the feeling of eating somewhere more expensive. Stop in for lunch and order off the lighter fare menu for favorites like spanakopita and dolmathes, if you want to go meat-free, or skish ke bab and moussaka if you don’t. Round off your meal with a baklava or try something new like galatopoureko or milopita. Skimp on dinner rates and splurge a bit on a glass of Greek wine.
Green Spoon
The University district has some wallet-friendly restaurants, including this one. The Green Spoon is a Korean Fusion joint tempts your taste buds with Kimchi & cheese French fries, spicy bowls of ramen and dumplings. Whether you’re hoping to find a place where you can find a good selection of vegetarian dishes or will try just about anything, then snap up a table here. Plus, during happy hour, get $1 off beer or buy a whole bottle of wine with your food for just $10 (or $3 per glass). You can easily eat her for less than $12, plus drinks.
Lucia’s Wine Bar
Sounds fancy, right? If you’re ready for a romantic time out, head to Lucia’s where they have $4-6 happy hour items and glasses of wine from just $5. Nice deals, right? They are offered every day they are open. The snack board is enough for two and has delicious charcuterie that you didn’t expect. Saturday and Sunday brunch has affordable meals choices, including French style omelet and chilequiles with roasted peppers. Yum!
Masu Sushi & Robata NE
In the mood for Japanese food? Find your way to Masu Sushi. Yes, you can get the traditional sushi here as you will find at other Japanese restaurants, but you can also order up a curried ramen or a selection of izakaya, including funky small plates of duck gyoza, dried squid with chili sauce, crispy pork kara-age and pork belly steamed buns. It’s like Asian tapas for less than $10 per plate!
Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery
Do you get excited about fish tacos? Muddy Waters has share plates for two for under $10 with these, lamb skewered and pot roast sliders. If you’re like me, you enjoy trying several things when you dine and tapas are the way to go. Maybe you’re more of a non-sharer. That’s okay, you can get sandwiches and hot dogs for $12 or less. Vegetarians will feel right at home here with menu items like fried tofu sandwiches, Korean BBQ mock duck tacos and pear and brie sandwiches with cherry mustard. Save even more by showing up at happy hour.
Feel like you’re out on an upscale dinner even if you just show up at Nightingale for small plates or bruschetta. There are choices for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Pork & clams and salt cod fritters sit alongside plates like salt-roasted beets and butter-roasted cauliflower. Don’t leave without sharing an orange chiffon cake, because delicious. The brunch menu is just as innovative and appealing and under $15 a plate. Show up for early dinner during daily happy hour and grab a beer for $3, $5 cocktails or glasses of wine and a limited, but tasty and budget-friendly, menu. Split a cheese plate with some celery root bruschetta.

Disclaimer: This post was inspired by my partnership with Hipmunk - a great site to find low hotel rates wherever you travel. #hipmunkcitylove

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