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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Meals For $5 And Under

November 14, 2013 3:33 PM

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(credit: Dusty's Bar Facebook Page)

(credit: Dusty’s Bar Facebook Page)

Tough days for those cheapskates out there. $5 is not what it used to be. Even a simple burger at most places will run you over $5. So where do you go with a five dollar bill hoping to get a rib-sticking, crazy meal? Well, there are places if you know where to look. Good thing for us Dara has our wallets covered! As always, you can find more Dara at mspmag.com!

(credit: Dusty's Bar Facebook Page)

(credit: Dusty’s Bar Facebook Page)

The Dago At Dusty’s Bar
1319 Marshall St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-2118
dustysbaranddagos.com/

Dara is from Queens, New York. She hasn’t been able to say the “D” word since she moved here. But since it’s a sandwich, we’re comfortable talking about it. The classic sausage-patty sandwich at Dusty’s is a wonder.  Reasonably-priced and a perfect way to start the list. It’s $5 for the regular size and you’ll be transported to the east coast while simultaneously living out a bit of the Midwest’s past at Dusty’s! Don’t forget to wash it down with a Nordeast.

(credit: Dari-ette Drive In Facebook Page)

(credit: Dari-ette Drive In Facebook Page)

The Pizza Burger At The Dari-Ette Drive-In
1440 E. Minnehaha Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
(651) 776-3470
facebook.com/Dari-ette-Drive-In

We’re staying with the Italian-American theme with our first two picks. The Pizza Burger at the Dari-Ette on the east side of St. Paul will set you back $3.99. Really great food on a budget is what the Dari-Ette does best and Dara’s favorite is the Pizza Burger. They drop a bunch of their classic Italian Red Sauce on it and you’re off and running. Again, for $3.99. Can’t beat that.

(credit: Los Ocampo Facebook Page)

(credit: Los Ocampo Facebook Page)

Quesadilla From Los Ocampo
809 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone:(612) 825-4978
www.losocampo.com/

There’s something special about a homemade tortilla, and if you haven’t had one you should. They’re soft, delicious and fried up on the grill. Seriously good eats and a massive meal for under $5. You can find Los Ocampo in a few different spots including St. Paul, South Minneapolis and inside the Midtown Global Market. It’s real-deal Mexican and made fresh. Check it out.

(credit: Cossetta Website)

(credit: Cossetta Website)

Slice Of The Day From Cossetta
211 7th St W.
St Paul, MN 55102
Phone:(651) 222-3476
cossettas.com/

A West 7th institution in downtown St. Paul since the turn of the century (the last one, not 13 year ago…yes, over 100 years), Cossetta’s turns out magnificent Italian and nothing beats their Slice of the Day deal. Three toppings, about the size of a small country, and all for $4.39. There’s a reason you find a line out the door at lunchtime. It’s really good pizza for a really great price.

(credit: iPho By Saigon Facebook Page)

(credit: iPho By Saigon Facebook Page)

Specialty Banh Mi From Saigon
704 University Ave. W.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 225-8751
www.iphobysaigon.com/

Here’s one that will likely be way off your radar. Cheap. Filling. Under $5. Head to Frogtown off University in St. Paul for a sandwich from Saigon. Not just any sandwich though. We’re talking Southeast Asian Banh Mi sandwiches filled with wonderful meats, fresh veggies and much more. It’s huge, filling and at the entrance to flavor city. You’ll love it. Bring a $5 and fill-up!

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