Navigating the light-rail construction on University and Washington avenues in Minneapolis isn't a cakewalk. But don't let the hassles get in the way of a memorable meal.
A U of M tradition since 1959, Campus Pizza is a classic in every sense of the word, with thin-crust pizzas, calzones and a small selection (spaghetti, lasagna) of pastas, all at student prices. Parking tip: There are plenty of metered spots on nearby SE. Beacon Street; check out www.stadiumvillage.com for weekly parking updates.
At the Caspian Bistro & Marketplace, a neighborhood landmark for more than 30 years, expect a greatest-hits list of flavorful, affordable and abundant Persian fare, served in pleasant surroundings. Set aside time to browse the adjacent market.
Yes, there are plenty of cupcakes and other sweets at friendly Cupcake, but the kitchen does more than bake. Breakfast (quiche, scrambles, oatmeal, pancakes and more) is served until 4 p.m. daily, lunch explores the panini-soup-salad circuit and dinner is small plates, flatbreads, pastas and an ever-changing, just-like-Mom-made hot dish. Beer and wine, too, and parking in the rear of the building.