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Your favorite meal for under $10?

I apologize if this has been done before, but thought it'd be fun to see the responses. This could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My personal favorite would be the Cajun Benedict at the Uptown Diner. This may be because I've always sported a hangover when diving into the slab of spicy andouille doused with an (un)healthy amount of hollandaise and hashbrowns!

Uptown Diner
2548 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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  1. Ohh - that is an amazing meal. I'd throw out either the Cachapas Venzolanas (corn pancakes) with cojita cheese at Maria's Cafe or Duck Liver Agnolotti at Victory 44 as two of my nominations.

    Maria's Cafe
    1113 E Franklin Ave Ste 102, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Victory 44
    2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

    1. Right now it is the Al Pastor platter at Taqueria La Hacienda. So good.

      Taqueria La Hacienda
      334 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      1. good thread idea, I am looking forward to responses.

        Maria's is a great suggestion. I like Manny's Tortas. I was sad the one at Minnehaha and Lake closed, so now Midtown Global is the most likely stop. And Pho is always a good, cheap answer. My favorites are Quang, and Thanh DO in St. Louis Park.

        Quang Pastry & Deli
        2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        Thanh Do
        3005 Utah Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

        Manny's Tortas
        920 E Lake St Ste 125, Minneapolis, MN 55407

        1. Pastrami Sandwich at Be'Wiched

          Tom Kha Kai at Bahn's

          Merriam Park burger at Blue DOor

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          1. re: kevin47

            hope this counts , it's exactly $10. Turnip cake at Rainbow Chinese.

            Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
            2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

          2. Small bowl of soup and petite cheese and fruit plate from Cafe Barbette's late night menu.

            I used to dig the veggie Tex Mex breakfast at Uptown Diner but the last time I ordered it the hollandaise was a frightening color and a bit gritty as well. Once I scraped the sauce away (not an easy task separating sauce from eggs or hash browns), the meal was fine. I don't think I'll order what was once a staple not just for one meal but for the second meal afforded me with leftovers, ever again.

            1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            1. re: MplsM ary

              Oh MplsM ary! Give the Uptown another chance! Must have been an off day, but truth be told, the hollandaise screams Knoll. Don't care- still tastes good when you were up unitl 3 am trying to relive your rockstar days! This is coming from a suburbanite (and former chef) that travels that far on a Sunday morning. Nothing like it in the 'burbs!

            2. Phở. Anywhere.

              Huaraches al Pastor at Gordita el Gordo

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              1. re: Foureyes137

                Breakfast/Brunch -Everything bagel with garlic and herb cream cheese and coffee from St Paul Bagelry - and Classic Eggs Benedict at Bon Vie.

                Lunch - The Sonoma County salad from Macy's (bottom floor) - greens, grilled chicken, goat cheese, strawberries, caramelized walnuts and herb vinaigrette.

                Ngon Bistro - the shiitake mushroom and tofu atop rice. Hmmm...

                Dinner - the bourbon bacon chicken sandwich at The Nook, and a small pizza with pepperoni and green olives from Red's Savoy (ok - that's $10.24 but that includes tax...so it's under $10!)

                St Paul Bagelry
                1702 Lexington Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113

                Bon Vie
                518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

                1. re: snoboardbabe77

                  Stir fried beef with basil from BTD

                  About 3-4 bahn mi's from Saigon

                  1. re: snoboardbabe77

                    Oh man, I just had the eggs benedicat at Bon Vie for the first time last weekend. Wow. That's my <$10 object of fixation at the moment. So. Good.

                    Bon Vie
                    518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

                    1. re: snoboardbabe77

                      snoboardbabe -- You are able to go to the Nook and not order a burger? That chicken sandwich must be pretty good.

                      1. re: karykat

                        The Nook has an OK breaded pork tenderloin sandwich too. :)

                  2. The Cajun Breakfast at Uptown is so so good (I don't do the benedict, why let an english muffin stand in the way of direct egg-on-hashbrown-hollandaise contact?).
                    I love the big soup bowls at Rainbow- wonton noodle soup with veggies added.

                    1. The pork loin sandwich (a.k.a. bahn mi) from Ngon Bistro.

                      Or a couple of pupusas from Mañana.

                      1. carnitas alambres at los ocampo ($8.99)
                        irish breakfast at strip club (exactly $10)
                        i'm still a sucker for the sea bass soup at quang ($8.95 weekends only)
                        pork bun salad at chindian ($9)
                        saba bento box at obento-ya ($9.50)

                        oh man, i could go on. . .

                        1. The sea scallop taco at Sea Salt with a pint of Surly Furious. I miss you, Sea Salt! April, please come soon!!!

                          1. Great suggestions, y'all!

                            Mine is chicken teriyaki from Oishi, which beats out most of the teriyaki places on the West Coast.

                              1. re: green56

                                although i'm not a huge fan of Dara, she has a huge article in the March issue of Minnesota Monthly about the top 99 Cheap Eats (meals under $10). Thought it was fitting for this thread....

                              2. I'm sure it's been mentioned before, but the Monday night ginger pork ramen special at Obento-ya is $8.50(or maybe $9) and pretty darn tasty. I'm also a big fan of the Cadillac from the Wienery or the Logger's Tower at the Strip Club if you want to talk completely brutal yet inexpensive breakfast items.

                                414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

                                1. I know it's not a full service restaurant but the first place I thought of when i read this was Potbelly. Love the sandwhiches, and if you want to go over 10.00 get the brocolli cheese soup!

                                  1. 2 grilled pork Bahn Mi from Saigon bakery on University or
                                    1 Burrito from El Taco Riendo on Central or
                                    3 tacos from Adelita's or
                                    a chicken Gyro from The Holy Land or
                                    a bowl of Chicken Wor Mein from Village Wok (this will easily feed two, possibly three)
                                    a deli-salad sampler from the Birchwood or
                                    a hot corned beef on light rye from Cecil's (1/2 lb portion).

                                    Birchwood Cafe
                                    3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                                    Village Wok
                                    610 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

                                    El Taco Riendo
                                    2416 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

                                    1. my favorite dish for the past couple of months would be
                                      - roll-it-yourself nem nuang (it's off the menu item) at Que Nha (849 University Avenue West, St Paul, MN)

                                      and my all-time fave is Bibimbab at Dong Yang :)

                                      Que Nha
                                      849 University Ave W Ste 101, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                                      1. Shawarma sandwich at Abu Nader. (Lots of other stuff there too. Everything homemade.)

                                        A pupusa or two at Manana. I had a cheese pupusa there last week for $2.15. It comes with a spicy cabbage salad on the side. Plenty for lunch for me.

                                        1. Rice vermicelli salad with grilled pork at Pho Tau Bay (#36 "Bún thịt heo nướng" on the menu).

                                          Chicken suqqar at Safari Express, Midtown Global Market.

                                          Midtown Global Market
                                          920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                                          Pho Tau Bay
                                          2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                                          Safari Express
                                          920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                                          1. re: StPauliGirl

                                            Rice vermicelli salad with grilled pork at Pho Tau Bay (#36 "Bún thịt heo nướng" on the menu).


                                            Pho Tau Bay
                                            2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

                                          2. A Bacon Waffle from Al's with a clump of fake butter, all the Mapoline you can soak up and a cup of tea for less than $8. Ohhh, heaven.

                                            Chicken Fantastic from Safari Express in MGM. I still haven't pinpointed exactly what the yum in this is, maybe coconut milk, but I could eat this all day.

                                            Add on the Chicken and Rice from Emily's. So buttery and cinnamon and yum.

                                            Safari Express
                                            920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                                            1. re: daniellempls

                                              Surprisingly, there's nothing exotic in Safari Express' Chicken Fantastik--it's just an Italian cream sauce, really. He's published the recipe a couple of times, if you want to google on it.


                                              Safari Express
                                              920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                                            2. WAS the oxtail hash at Blackbird.
                                              Also love the duck pate bahn mi at 112.

                                              1. A 12 inch cheese pizza at Black Sheep Pizza is $7, tomato and oregeno is $6. Best pizza I've had in a long time (last time I had half cheese with meatballs and half tomato and oregeno with smoked mozzarella, which came out to about $8.50).