Great food doesn’t have to come with a great big price tag. Think of the humble burrito. Properly constructed, it’s every bit as complex and thrilling as elegant presentations at white-tablecloth establishments, offering a perfect balance of flavors and textures: rich, fatty meat, a chewy tortilla, earthy beans, pungent onions, floral cilantro, bright lime, gooey cheese, starchy rice and blistering chilies. Or consider the lowly ramen noodle, the staple of cash-strapped college kids. When made by hand, simmered with pork in broth and seasoned with roasted seaweed, chili oil and other ingredients, it becomes a bright star in a brilliant galaxy of flavors.

Below, you'll find a comprehensive guide to some of our favorite inexpensive eats around Sarasota and Manatee counties. Dig in.

In This Feature:

6 Sensational Sandwiches

You'll find immensely satisfying sandwiches at these six local spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Midnight Breakfast at the Waffle House

While the world sleeps, breakfast—and an iconic American experience—await.

01/25/2016 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

Our 8 Favorite Tacos in Sarasota-Manatee

Here are our reigning favorites.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

All Hail the Sushi Burrito

Sushi on my left. Burrito on my right. Bring 'em both together and you're eating all right.

11/16/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

5 Great Inexpensive Asian Restaurants

Discover outstanding and well-priced cuisine at one of these spots.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Why Do Publix Subs Taste So Good?

Neuroscientist Stefan Crynen on what makes Publix subs sublime.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

6 Awesome All-American Eateries

Where to find standout burgers, hot dogs and more.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Here's the Secret to Council's Bradenton Recreation's Famous Burgers

Owners and cooks come and go. The grill at Council’s Bradenton Recreation remains.

06/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

6 Mighty and Affordable Mediterranean Restaurants

From pizza to gyros, here are our favorite places to score inexpensive Mediterranean meals in Sarasota-Manatee.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Coffee Carousel: Main Street's Most Affordable Eatery

The Coffee Carousel has barely changed since the restaurant opened in the 1960s.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

5 Hot Spots for Latin American Specialties

From amazing tacos to fresh-made empanadas, here are our picks for the best local deals on Latin American favorites.

05/31/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food Serves Top-Notch Biscuits and Sweets

A lovable daytime hangout in east Sarasota.

09/13/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

5 Great Sarasota Coffee Shops

Five of our favorite caffeine-capable coffee counters and their bodacious bean-based beverages.

02/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker