5 top options for low-priced Southeast Asian eats in Minneapolis

In search of a new favorite Southeast Asian spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Southeast Asian restaurants around Minneapolis, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. Lotus Restaurant

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Topping the list is Lotus Restaurant. Located at 113 W. Grant St. in Loring Park, the Vietnamese spot is the highest rated cheap restaurant of its kind in Minneapolis, boasting 4.5 stars out of 670 reviews on Yelp.

Expect a variety of Southeast Asian dishes, including the Vietnamese chow fun, which features thick rice noodles stir-fried with fresh veggies; barbecue chicken fried rice with veggies; and traditional favorites like phở, pad thai, sesame chicken or curry soup. Several vegetarian options are also available.

Finish off your meal with banana wontons or flan for dessert. (See the full menu here.)

2. My Huong Kitchen

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Next up is Whittier's My Huong Kitchen, situated at 2718 Nicollet Ave., Suite 101B. With 4.5 stars out of 338 reviews on Yelp, the Vietnamese spot, which offers bubble tea, juice and smoothies, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

Check out house specials like Hainan chicken rice, which includes steamed chicken and jasmine rice cooked in chicken broth; the curry noodle soup with duck or tofu; and the Mi Tieu Chau, a soup with chicken broth including rice noodles, fish balls, shrimp, chicken and fish tofu. Other favorites include broken rice and noodle salad plates, appetizers and French crepes. (Take a look at the full menu here.)

Thirsty? Grab a strawberry, mango, coconut, banana, pineapple or avocado smoothie. (Check out the drink menu here.)

3. Lu's Sandwiches

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Lu's Sandwiches, a Vietnamese spot that offers sandwiches, fast food and more in Whittier, is another budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 325 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2624 Nicollet Ave. South to see for yourself. 

Notable banh mi fillings include Vietnamese meat loaf and special pork belly; fried all-white chicken breast marinated in a savory five-flavor sauce with green onions; and the tofu seasoned in a rich curry sauce. (Take a look at the full range of sandwich options here.)

4. Pho 79

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Over in Whittier, check out Pho 79, which has earned four stars out of 320 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Vietnamese spot that specializes in phở, jasmine rice dishes, vermicelli noodle salads and vegetarian entrees by heading over to 2529 Nicollet Ave.

Expect menu options like beef, meatball and pork phở; broken rice with marinated pork chops, shredded barbecue pork and creamed eggs; and the vegetarian-friendly rice vermicelli salad with fried tofu. (Check out the full menu here.)

5. Pho Tau Bay

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Finally, there's Pho Tau Bay, a Whittier favorite with four stars out of 209 reviews. Stop by 2837 Nicollet Ave. to hit up the Vietnamese spot next time you're in the mood for cheap eats.

Phở, vermicelli salad, entrees, fried noodles and Vietnamese classics are all on offer at this restaurant. Hone in on specific menu options such as vegetable fried rice, steamed rice with fish fondue and beef and sliced flank in rice noodle soup.