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Apr 6, 2010 08:51 AM

Cheap (but good) places for college kids in the Roseville area?

Being a foodie on a budget means I often can't go to all these wonderful places people suggest. When we go out, it's generally Applebee's (1/2-price apps) or Perkin's. Occasionally Baker's Square [you know, for variety]. I know Minnesota Monthly had the under $10 issue recently, and I got some good ideas but a lot of them were either too far, or still a bit on the pricey side (once you factor in a drink, and parking in some cases, and the fact that other people will probably want other dishes that won't be as cheap, and so on).

I'm the "local" in the group, but I'm far more familiar with the NW suburbs than with Roseville. So, I'm wondering where in the Roseville area I can get my friends to go without breaking the bank. I've already got Maverick's and Mac's Fish & Chips on the list.

Driving into the cities is doable as long as parking isn't horrific.

As a plus, we love to try new food. And love ethnic cuisines. So convincing them to go somewhere new shouldn't be hard as long as I can assure them it's affordable.

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Thanks! I did a bit of searching before I posted but somehow missed that one.

      1. re: Traceybelle

        Hmm..Mavericks. :)

        I live in St Paul-bordering Roseville (Como side). Here are a few suggestions --

        St Paul Bagelry. Tasty. I go there every Sat morning to get bagels and cream cheese. I'm sure their sandwiches are good too - but just a good bagel and cream cheese won't set you back much. Also, google Roseville Visitor Guide or something and there are a bunch of coupons.

        Black Sea. It's on Snelling Avenue by Mirror of Korea. It's Turkish food and it's cheaper than cheap.

        Connie's Creamy Cone - is close enough to Roseville (Dale/Maryland). Cash only but 24 diff kinds of soft serve, flurries (like blizzards), outstanding malts and milkshakes and some standard fare food items (cheese curds, corn dog, etc). It's cheap.

        Mirror of Korea
        761 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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

        Black Sea Restaurant
        737 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

        Snelling Cafe
        638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

    2. its been a good while (i moved away from the cities in the fall) but e-noodle cafe does some good taiwanese and snacky things if i recall. definitely one of the better options up that way.

      1. If you like Vietnamese and Thai food, there are several places on University Ave in St Paul that are only a few miles from the Roseville/ St Paul border: Ngon Bistro, Saigon, Que Nha, and Bangkok Thai Deli all have reasonable prices. Also consider the Hmongtown Marketplace on Como.

        Conny's Creamy Cone at Dale and Maryland is very inexpensive...I always seem to go at least once a season with spare change I've scrounged up. The food is fairly standard fast food/diner stuff but the fried items are prepared to order and thus always delicious. If you really want an indulgence at a reasonable price their specialty sundaes, like the turtle or brownie delight are quite good and serve two.

        Conny's Creamy Cone
        1197 Dale St, N St Paul, MN

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

        5 Replies
        1. re: Quince

          Ngon is inexpensive?

          What about pizza? I haven't been yet, but zPizza looks like a reasonable destination for the non-affluent foodie. Or Eden Pizza in St. Paul, near Snelling / University? Spicy Thai Mock Duck pizza is awesome. Full disclosure: not crazy about the crust, but the toppings / combinations are worth it.

          Eden Pizza
          629 Aldine St, Saint Paul, MN 55104

          1. re: semanticantics

            Ngon is inexpensive - depending on what you get. LOL.

            I went there for lunch - appetizer (shared) and a meal (The shiitake mushroom with tofu rice), no drink but water on the patio - and I think it was $9.95 for the meal and $5.00 for the app (pretty standard). I went there for dinner - and with wine, the bill was much more.

            If you got an entree at lunch - and just water, with tip you could get out there for less than $15.

            1. re: semanticantics

              zPizza is good, but it's not cheap. Unless you happen to be there on a night that has a family dinner special, buy 1 get 1 free type thing on Monday's or Tuesdays.

              I ordered a small Thai pizza the other day and it was $12. Good, but not cheap.

              1. re: Bobannon

                I was thinking of a group of college kids. Per person, it wouldn't be too bad. Same for Eden. Not cheap for 1 person, but probably worth the cost / portion to a broke foodie and pals.

              2. re: semanticantics

                If you order the Vietnamese food at Ngon, even off the dinner menu, it's pretty inexpensive: $10 and under. I've actually never ordered off the other half of the menu. They also have $5 happy hour plates from 3-6 pm.

            2. Bahn Mi at Saigon on University Ave. in St. Paul - great food, very affordable for college students.

              1. Maverick's Roast Beef for sure! The best roast beef sandwiches and super cheap! They also have great brisket sandwiches and open faced sandwiches.