10 Great Minneapolis Restaurants In Three Different Price Ranges

10 Great Minneapolis Restaurants In Three Different Price Ranges

Great eats for the poor student budget, the slight splurge and the fancy night out.
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Minneapolis is a great place for people who like to eat. It's also the perfect place to find great food from every culture. In my years here I've been to plenty of restaurants, but some have stood out more than others. These are some of my favorites, in three distinct categories: super affordable, moderately affordable, and "once in a while" special outing places.


Very Affordable

1. Shuang Cheng (Dinkytown)

The food here is so insanely good, and so affordable. Especially during lunch, you can get huge meals for well under $10. Their fried rice is what's up.

Go for: Any Chinese food you normally love. Shuang Cheng will do it just as well or probably even better.

2. Annie's Parlour (Dinkytown)

Annie's is a Dinkytown classic (and it doesn't hurt that we share a name). Their burgers are great, and their malts are even better. Come during spring or summer and eat on their glorious patio.

Go for: A bacon cheeseburger and wild cherry malt.

3. Hen House Eatery (Downtown)

Downtown's cutest and possibly most popular breakfast spot. The atmosphere is great, and they have the best orange juice I have ever encountered. I'm serious. Please order it.

Go for: The breakfast obviously. Their entire menu is great. (Pro tip: Come on your birthday and take home a free dessert)

4. Bun Mi (fallen legend, Stadium Village)

(looking at this picture has me straight up weeping and drooling rn)

I still cry basically every day because Bun Mi is gone. Even though you can't actually eat here anymore, it deserves the respect of being included on this list. Plus I'm praying that they follow through on their promise and reopen in a new location like ASAP.

Go for: Their Banh Mi sandwiches and fries and special sauce were all incredible. Some of the best food I've had anywhere, ever. As you can tell, I'm passionate about this place. And I hate the monsters who tore it down.


Decently Affordable

5. Wally's (Dinkytown)

I regret the years of my life I spent not eating at Wally's. Not only do I live only a few feet from this glorious establishment, but they serve the best Middle Eastern food I've had. Some of their plates are more affordable than others, but everything is worth it.

Go for: The lamb and beef shawarma plate with hummus and pita. Their hummus is incredible, and their shawarma is heavenly. They also have excellent appetizers and desserts for sharing (or hoarding).

6. Mango Factory (West Bank)

I used to live directly above this wonderful place. I've never gone for lunch or dinner so I can't speak to the quality of their dining menu, but I will never stop going back for their desserts and drinks.

Go for: A delicious dessert sampler. Order a watermelon smoothie, mango pudding (best presentation ever #insta), and some fruit crepes, and thank me later.


7. Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar (Uptown)

This adorable restaurant on the edge of Uptown serves delicious authentic tacos and other Mexican specialities. I imagine their outdoor seating is amazing in the summer, but the ambiance inside is great too.

Go for: I had chorizo and potato tacos that were amazing. My friends tried other ones (cactus, barbacoa, etc) and loved theirs as well. Their chips and salsa/guac are great too.

8. Bar Louie (Uptown)

This is a swankier, pricier place in Uptown with a super cool vibe. Go on Tuesday nights to cut down the prices significantly. Every Tuesday night all of their huge fancy burgers are served for $5 each. No joke. And this price also includes their amazing tater tots or another side (if you're foolish and don't like tater tots).

Go for: Tuesday night's $5 burgers. Go big and get one of the snazziest burgers covered in toppings. Don't forget the tots too.


Pricier, "Date Night" Options

9. Amazing Thailand (Uptown)

This place has a beautiful (but tiny) outdoor eating area, but if you can't sit outside, the restaurant itself is great too. Prices are a bit higher here, but you get a lot of damn food for your money. Share plates.

Go for: Noodle dishes, spring rolls, stir frys, and excellent fried rice. (or probably anything else on their menu)

10. Loring Pasta Bar (Dinkytown)

I personally go here mostly for the building itself. This place is gorgeous. If you're anything like me, you'll be staring around in awe during your entire meal. It's even better if you go while there's live music happening.

Go for: The ambiance first, the tasty pasta (and other foods) second.



Cover Image Credit: Tanek

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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