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The 99 best splurges in the metro under $10



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True Thai

Kabocha squash curry, $8.95

For years, True Thai’s spectacularly fragrant green curry has riveted the Cities’ attention. But lately, the new kabocha-squash red curry, with its sweet and spicy elements, has made choosing only one curry for dinner nearly impossible. ☛ 2627 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-9942, truethairestaurant.com
 

Crescent Moon Bakery & Restaurant

Chicken kourma plate, $8.99

While Crescent Moon is justly famous for its football-shaped Afghani pizzas topped with a spicy, gyros-tasting ground-beef filling and served with a snappy sour cilantro sauce, budget-minded gourmets are advised to head to their Central Avenue location for groaningly large traditional Afghani dishes, like the chicken kourma. It's a grilled-then-sauced plate of lots of chicken, served with a heap of basmati rice, a salad, pita bread, a yogurt sauce, and cilantro sauce—in short, a feast on a plate. ☛ 2339 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-782-0169, crescentmoonfoods.net
 

Quang

Sea bass and shrimp pho, $8.95

Quang is Minneapolis’s classic Vietnamese restaurant. It’s youth- and work- and date-oriented—as opposed to the more family-centered vibe of St. Paul’s Vietnamese restaurants. As befits its young and adventurous crowd, it’s also got a more far-reaching menu. The sea bass and shrimp pho offered Fridays through Sundays is particularly worth seeking out, with the clean, clear flavors of the sea beautifully showcased in the lime- and seafood-based broth. ☛ 2719 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-4739, quangrestaurant.com
 

CurryUp

Chicken biryani, $8.99

This little knotty-pine-panelled full-service restaurant attached to a grocery store looks like something straight out of the 1970s, but the taste is very now. The best dish is the biryani, in which individual strands of long basmati rice are imbued with the flavor of a dozen subtle spices and served (or packed up for takeout) with a container of fresh yogurt raita and a wealth of lentil papad chips. ☛ 13601 Grove Dr., Maple Grove, 763-416-0473, curryupfoods.com
 

Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant

Curry potato chickpea roti, $9.95

Harry Singh’s Caribbean roti dhalpouri, a sort of Caribbean burrito with your choice of filling (the jerk chicken is spicy, the browned-down chicken comforting and stew-like, the potato chickpea fierce and filling) is one of the best street-foods in town. Get it to “eat in” to enjoy some time with Harry, everyone’s Caribbean grandpa. Or get it to-go to pair with a Red Stripe and a movie on your couch. Instant island vacation! ☛ 2653 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-729-6181, harrysinghs.com
 

Little Tel-Aviv Café & Restaurant

Falafel and fries, $7.75  

There’s only one authentically Israeli restaurant in the Twin Cities: Little Tel-Aviv in the Calhoun Village shopping center. Almost everyone there orders the falafel, a particularly bright-green herbal version which is stuffed into a handmade pita and slathered with an ivory-colored tahini sauce, all of it served alongside the very homemade, delicious dark-fried French fries. ☛ 3238 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-929-1111, littletel-aviv.com

Black Sea Restaurant

Beef-shish-kebob plate, $8.95

Little Turkish Black Sea doesn’t look like much, but don’t let that fool you. The food is fresh, great, and astonishingly cheap. The beef-shish-kebob plate is enough to feed a linebacker, and the flavors are so vibrant you’ll forget you’re in St. Paul, not Istanbul. ☛ 737 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-917-8832, blacksearestaurant.com
 

Hoban

Bi bim bop, $9.95

Eagan’s Hoban is primarily known for its hot-pot casseroles (giant pots of food priced at $30 and designed to serve two people) and its private karaoke rooms (where you can retire after your feast). However, there are even more delicious bargains to be found at this bright and inviting and very authentically Korean spot. Try the bi bim bop, a big pot of rice topped with various vegetables, a fried egg, and some delicious beef stew. Just the fuel you need to belt out “My Sharona” to your friends. ☛ 1989 Silver Bell Rd., Eagan, 651-688-3447, hobanrestaurant.com
 

Kabob’s

Vegetable samosas, $1

Talk about craveable. These fried pastry-pyramids are stuffed with potatoes, peas, and enough spice to obliterate every Garrison Keillor joke about what’s spicy in Minnesota. They’re also so good you’ll start building your week around getting them. Add an order of the just-as-spicy, just-as-craveable “Chicken 65” for $7.99 (or add just about anything else they have on the menu) if you want to eat as well as anyone dining on take-out in London. That said, get it to-go. This place is a total dive—though a great one. ☛ 7814 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-888-2779; 8085 Wedgewood Ln., Maple Grove, 763-494-6925; thekabobs.com  
 

Bangkok Thai Deli

Larb kai (ground chicken salad), $8.00

Three words come to mind when describing the Bangkok Thai Deli, last year‘s food-blogger sensation. The first word is odd. Odd because the main dining room is in a sort of interior courtyard in an industrial building in Frogtown. To get to it you cut through the supermarket and look for long church-basement communal tables ringed by photo murals of food that look as if they were transported in a time machine from 1970s Bangkok. The next two words are spectacularly delicious, because everything off the exquisitely authentic menu is truly delicious. The larb chicken salad, is so electric with fresh herbs and zingy with lime juice, it practically jumps from its plate into your mouth; the “boat noodle soups,“ classic meaty, wheaty, filling and comforting street-foods, are phenomenal, too.  Whether you‘ll find this odd duck appealing or appalling is another story, but inarguably, this Frogtown spot is as quirkily delicious as they come. ☛ 315 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-224-4300

 

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June 2015

Come to Big Sandy Lodge and Resort to get all the delicious pancakes you can eat for only $5.

Cost: $5

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Telephone: 218-426-5040
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YogaFit's Mind Body Fitness Conference is where students work towards a Yoga Alliance registry, earn continuing education credits, or simply deepen one's yoga practice and transform...

Cost: $329- $975

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN   55403
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Pride Parade Rooftop Viewing Party CRAVE Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Live DJ: DJ FANCY RESTAURANT Start time: 9am $5 from each ticket donated to OutFront Minnesota ...

Cost: $10 (includes free Absolute or Jameson cocktail)

Where:
CRAVE Rooftop
825 Hennepin Ave MN
Minneapolis , MN  55402
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Come join us at the Skyway Theatre as we take over the block for the Pride Parade!  Drinks and brunch starting at 9am and DJs at 12pm! Get the best seat for the best parade of the...

Cost: No Cover

Where:
Bar Fly & Maruso
715 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-333-6100
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Pride Parade Viewing Party UNION Rooftop – Downtown Minneapolis Start time: 9am (presale tickets) / 10am (day-of tickets) Live DJs: DJ Lindsay ‘Shiek’ Earney and DJ Lenka...

Cost: $10 (includes a free mimosas, glass of champagne or Absolute cocktail)

Where:
UNION Rooftop
731 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55403
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Show your Pride by taking part in the Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run on Sunday, June 28th! Starting at Boom Island and ending near Loring Park, the route takes runners along Hennepin Avenue as...

Cost: $30

Where:
Boom Island Park
800 Sibley Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The 2015 Twin Cities Pride Festival features over 400 exhibitors, 40 food and beverage booths, 20 sponsors, and 300,000+ visitors who participate in this free celebration of the GLBT...

Cost: Free

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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Join YogaLean's author Beth Shaw in this new 1 day YogaLean Transformational Workshop during the Minneapolis Mind Body Fitness Conference.  Explore holistic modalities of weight loss,...

Cost: $129.00

Where:
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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The 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 11 a.m. along Hennepin Avenue in Downtown Minneapolis. The Parade route starts at 3rd and Hennepin and ends at...

Cost: Free or $40 Grandstand tickets

Where:
Hennepin Ave in Downtown Minneapolis
Hennepin & 3rd to Hennepin & Spruce
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Pride
Telephone: (612) 255-3260
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The Twin Cities Pride Entertainment Team is excited to bring you over 50 local acts during Pride Weekend. The schedule is below, but know that things are subject to change.  ...

Cost: Free. $10 General/$75 VIP for Pride in Concert 6/27 5pm at Loring Stage.

Where:
Loring Park
1382 Willow St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-255-3260
Contact Name: Twin Cities Pride
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The celebration will be held in true Lurcat style, featuring music, dancing, festive food, cocktails and more! Café & Bar Lurcat is central to the Pride festival in Loring Park and found...

Cost: Free to enter

Where:
Cafe & Bar Lurcat
1624 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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What do you get when you explore the magical, yet tangled, intersection between the genius of art and the self-destruction of addiction; set it to catchy music against a backdrop of vivid visual...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Minnetonka Theatre
18285 Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN  55345
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The Minnesota Boychoir, under the direction of Mark Johnson, will be concluding their 2015 East Coast Tour with a Welcome Home Concert this Sunday, June 28 at the Graebner Memorial Chapel on the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Graebner Memorial Chapel
Saint Paul, MN

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Don’t miss one of Minnesota’s hippest and hoppiest events. This local craft beer tasting event includes live music and a ton of tasty appetizers paired with the best brews in the Twin...

Cost: $50

Where:
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Canvas Health
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Open Window Theatre is making a children's event of fantastical proportions with their summer youth theater production of James and the Giant Peach.  Roald Dahl's imaginative adventure...

Cost: ADVANCE: $6/child (lap child free), $8/student, $12/adult

Where:
Open Window Theatre
Metropolis Minneapolis Building
1313 Chestnut Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-615-1515
Contact Name: Jeremy Stanbary
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We know it's the height of summer, so we think it's the perfect time to get a SUP you'll love. Get your board now while there is still plenty of summer left. Some of our hottest selling...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
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Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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Join us for an afternoon of stories, music, and poetry that evoke and express a profound connection to place — places we’ve lived, struggled, thrived, seen changed or destroyed, or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ox Coffee Co
3740 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Kairos Earth
Telephone: 405-365-8796
Contact Name: Chelsea Scudder
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We know it's the height of summer, so we think it's the perfect time to get a SUP you'll love. Get your board now while there is still plenty of summer left. Some of our hottest selling...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
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Sponsor: Silver Creek Paddle
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RN’s and LPN’s for Evenings, Nights & Weekends - $2,000 hiring bonus Trillium Woods, a brand new continuing care retirement community, is opening on July 6th and we are having an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Trillium Woods
14633 Country Road 4
Plymouth, MN  55446
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Invest a few life-changing hours in our Power Trading Workshop, where you'll learn: How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move. The two...

Cost: free

Where:
Online Trading Academy
7900 International Drive Suite 170
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-814-4410
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service.   Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Dr
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 651.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Bring your lunch and learn more about the opportunities to live, learn, and work with a community overseas through Peace Corps service. Peace Corps is a federal agency which provides U.S....

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Phalen Picnic Pavilion
1600 Phalen Drive
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Sponsor: Peace Corps
Telephone: 612.233.9605
Contact Name: Krista M. Mastel
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Enhanced and engaged learning, creating and sharing ideas, and forming partnerships are just a few benefits of collaborative classroom learning. Now, with tools like Office 365, OneNote for...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN  55425
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 Join us for a 4th of July barbecue, yard games, and outdoor movie hosted by Mary Mother's Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together group. All are welcome! Bring a dish to share. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville
3333 E. Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together
Telephone: 952-890-0045
Contact Name: Kosi Onyeneho
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OneNote is a free cross-platform app that helps students and teachers save time, stay organized, and collaborate more effectively in and out of the classroom. Students can build portfolios of...

Cost: Free

Where:
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Summer is the sweetest time to savor the river, so sign up now for River City Revue! It's a delectable blend of live music, cool history, and hands-on art adventures, all happening at the Saint...

Cost: $10 - $15

Where:
St. Paul Yacht Club
375 W Water St
St. Paul, MN  55107
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Sponsor: Mississippi River Fund, Works Progress & the National Park Service
Telephone: 651-291-8164
Contact Name: Katie Nyberg
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Enter the halls of Casket Arts to encounter the work of 20+ artists working in paint, sculpture, light, fibers, and sound. A one night only event with several site specific...

Cost: Free

Where:
Casket Arts Carriage House
1707 Jefferson St Ne
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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The flipped classroom is an innovative method of teaching that allows for multimedia lessons and in-class exercises. Now you can “flip” your own classroom using familiar tools like...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
162 South Ave
Bloomington, MN
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The foundation of Jillian's country-esque, classically trained songwriter-style musicianship was built on northern Minnesta's Iron Range. Under the talented eye of Helina Pakola, who has...

Cost: 5

Where:
Mankato Brewery
1119 Center Street
, MN  56003
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One of the most highly sought-after skills in the workforce today is coding. In this workshop, we’ll show you how to create an app from a template, add content, and upload an app to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Microsoft Store - Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

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Bryan Olds Band will be performing live at Big Sandy Lodge and Resort on Friday, July 3. The folk-rock blues band plays a variety of original songs, as well as covers, ranging from Pearl Jam to...

Cost: Check with venue for details.

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Sponsor: Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
Telephone: 218-426-5040
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The 90’s alternative rock band – The Mallrats – will take the Amphitheater stage at Grand Casino Hinckley on Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Following the show will be a spectacular...

Cost: $10 general admission

Where:
Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
777 Lady Luck Dr
Hinckley, MN  55037
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Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill Presents Award Winning Vocalist Patty Peterson & Friends with Special Guest Melanie Rosales Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:30pm 761 Washington Avenue N,...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
761 Washington Ave N
#325
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Bunker's Music Bar and Grill
Telephone: 847-624-5087
Contact Name: Carrie Miller
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It’s almost that special time of year again, where you pull out your flag, grab your lawn chair, and put on that sunscreen…the 68th annual Saint Anthony Park 4th of July Parade and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Anthony Park/Langford Park
Saint Paul, MN  55108


Sponsor: 4th In The Park Committee & The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation
Telephone: 651-343-7365
Contact Name: Josh Becerra, Jeanne Hansen, & Emma Seeley
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Mystic Lake’s Rock and Rockets Fourth of July Celebration returns this year with another spectacular fireworks display. The free, all-ages event will take place outside Mystic Lake beginning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Telephone: 952-496-7388
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Celebrate this Independence Day by watching fireworks light up the night sky over Big Sandy Lake. The event will take place at dusk, between Davis and Goff’s Bay, on the Fourth of July.

Cost: Free

Where:
Big Sandy Lodge and Resort
20534 487th Street
McGregor, MN  55760
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Telephone: 218-426-5040
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