COMMON ROOTS CAFE
This locavore haven offers a handful of well-produced nightly dinner specials that rarely top $10. This week's options include a roasted vegetable-goat cheese tart and a grass-fed beef cheeseburger. Pick up some bagels on your way out.
2558 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-871-2360, commonrootscafe.com
D'AMICO & SONS
Order the house red or white ($6.29), and the casual, quick-service chain will keep your glass filled during your meal.
Eight Twin Cities locations, including 7804 Olson Memorial Hwy., Golden Valley, 763-546-1166, damicoandsons.com
All-you-can-eat sushi, every night from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $29. Early birds (4:30 to 6 p.m.) pay $25.
1333 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-0540, ichiban.ca
IZZY'S ICE CREAM
Summer's over, which means it's pint sale season, when all 32 hand-packed flavors go for $4 rather than $6, through Sunday. "It's a way to remind people that we're open," said owner Jeff Sommers with a laugh.
2034 Marshall Av., St. Paul, 651-603-1458, izzysicecream.com
THE LITTLE OVEN
The motto at this friendly breakfast-lunch-dinner spot is "biggest portions, smallest prices," and they're not kidding. Go to the website and print out the money-saving coupons.
1786 E. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul, 651-735-4944, thelittleoven.com