Being hungry, aimless, and short on cash isn't such a bad combo if you also happen to be cruising down Central Avenue in the Windom Park neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis. This small but mighty stretch is so chock full of unique cheap eats, you can actually get overwhelmed with options. Starting at the south end, there's Indian groceries (a best-kept secret for inexpensive bulk spices), a halal meat market and attached Pakistani restaurant with a very reasonable lunch buffet, and of course the underrated football-shaped pizza from Crescent Moon, a great Afghani bakery with huge portions and lots of meat. Moving on, the middle section features some outstanding, authentic Mexican eateries, including Durango Bakery, a direct-to-my-mouth supplier of chocolate-filled, cinnamon sugar-dappled churros and gigantic sweet empanadas with pineapple and vanilla creme. Further north, right before you reach the city limits and hit Columbia Heights (more good Indian restaurants there), is the grandaddy of them all — if "all" means ethnic restaurants in this neighborhood — Holy Land, which these days looks like a cross between an industrial complex and a castle and occupies an entire city block. That middle section, the part between Lowry and 24th Avenue, is also becoming a mini-district for another type of... More >>>