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.

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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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Living With Celiac Disease

Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention; I even had adults tell me this too.


At the age of eight, I experienced horrible stomach pain, weakness, and illness. I was doubled over, and I didn't know why I'd felt so horrible. It wasn't the kind of pain you feel when you have the flu, or when you have cramps. It was a different kind of pain, but I knew it wasn't good. My parents didn't know what was wrong with me either. The only thing my dad had suspected was that perhaps I was intolerant to gluten.

For those who don't know, gluten is found in many food items that primarily contain grains or are often high in carbs. This isn't to say that all foods with carbs or grains have gluten, but they oftentimes do. Gluten is a protein within wheat that is the primary ingredient in cake, pizza, and bread. It is even sometimes in food that you would never suspect, like Twizzlers. It's also synonymous with ingredients like monosodium glutamate, malt, barley…etc.

I tell you that to tell you this:
At eight years old, I was told I had celiac disease. Which just means that my body is unable to digest and break down gluten, preventing me from absorbing vital nutrients.

My dad found out later in his life that he was gluten intolerant after many years of breakouts and complications. He had ascertained the idea that maybe I had also carried this gene and that was why I was in so much pain. Each time we digest gluten, our body attacks our small intestine, killing off what is called villi. My body was in so much pain because I was eating gluten.

After taking gluten products completely out of my diet, I felt 100% better. I was no longer in intense pain, I no longer had rashes, and all other symptoms went away. From then on, I had to watch what I ate, as if I was on a life-long diet.

As you can imagine, this was a ton of responsibility for me as an eight-year-old because I now had to constantly check every label there ever was, make sure that the food I was eating at school didn't have any sort of gluten in it, and I was also now a novelty at school. Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention. I even had adults tell me this too. They thought I was being hypersensitive.

I had to remember everywhere I went that I had to avoid eating gluten. Do you know how hard that is? It's in so many things. When I was young, not many people knew what celiac disease was. There weren't any gluten-free alternatives out there, so I was eating lots of rice, beans, and salad. I had a very limited food palette. I could no longer have the amazing foods I enjoyed like pizza, garlic rolls, cake, or even ravioli. Although it seems odd, ravioli and spaghetti-o's were my favorite then and I was no longer able to have them. It crushed me.

Having celiac disease was hard as a child because when I went to birthday parties, I couldn't eat most of the food they provided. I couldn't enjoy birthday cake or the pizza that most people ordered. I always had to bring my own food and explain why every time. It seems silly, but I often felt left out. Not being 'normal' because of my allergy made me feel like an outcast. You'd think you wouldn't feel like that, but it generated a lot of those negative feelings because I was a burden to feed due to my allergy.

Fast forward 13 years later, I still have to be careful of what I eat. Celiac disease is something I'll never get rid of. It's a part of my DNA, and there's a good chance my kids will also carry the gene and deal with the same issues.

I don't usually tell people I have celiac disease because I can sometimes get away with having trace amounts of gluten and still be mostly okay. But when I accidentally eat gluten, I pay the consequences. There are times when I accidentally eat it and feel like I can't get out of bed because of the stomach pain. I joke that the pain is so horrible that I feel like I'm dying, but it really does feel severe in the moment.

Being gluten intolerant, I spend quite a bit more money on groceries because I have to find gluten-free food and it's way more expensive. Because gluten-free became a fad diet, more places began offering alternatives and it was easier for me to find foods I liked. When I find gluten-free goodies that aren't normally gluten-free in restaurants, you bet my eyes light up! It's exciting but also a relief.

Being gluten-free has oftentimes felt like a curse, but it's also a blessing sometimes.

The upside to this is that researchers are looking into developing a pill that will help those with celiac disease digest gluten easier and/or subside symptoms completely. So hopefully soon, I'll be able to eat the foods I once loved without feeling ill.

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