Hole-in-the-wall eats recommendations
I have done Piccolo, The Bachelor Farmer...and have to say I love Broder's Pasta Bar. I have been to a few places that I consider hole-in-the-wall....minimal atmosphere, but great food for the price. I'm thinking of Matt's ande The 5 8 Club. Are there hole-in-the-wall pizza,Chinese, Mexican, Thai spots you can recommend?
For Mexican I highly recommend Pineda Tacos. There is one on Lake St, just west of the light rail station and also in Plymouth across the parking lot from the Willow Creek movie theater.
For Thai, I would suggest Bangkok Thai Deli in St. Paul or the sister restaurant Krungthep Thai on Eat Street/Nicollet in Minneapolis (although Bangkok Thai Deli counts much more as a hole in the wall sort of place - it is in the middle of a random mall-like building on University, while Krungthep has more of a "real" restaurant feel).
I like Quang on Eat Street for Vietnamese.
Bangkok Thai Deli
Sole Cafe - Korean
Cheng Heng - Cambodian
Emily's - Lebanese
Black Sea - Turkish
Quang - Vietnamese
Los Andes - Ecuadorian
The Nook - Burgers
Big Daddy's - Ribs
Homi on University in St. Paul has to qualify as a quintessential "hole-in-the-wall". Gorditas el Gordo on Lake at 35W in Minneapolis as well. There are any number of small, plain Mexican places on Lake with little atmosphere.
I would think Keefer Court on Cedar (at Riverside) would qualify for Chinese.
There are a number of others I can think of but they would be outside the "pizza, Chinese, Mexican and Thai" request.
A couple of Saint Paul, East Side recommendations:
Taqueria Los Paisanos