This southwest Florida city has plenty of upscale eateries, but there are just as many options for quick and inexpensive bites. Read a roundup of the best places to satisfy your appetite without breaking the bank.
Taqueria San Julian
For delicious, street-style Mexican fare, pop into Taqueria San Julian– a tiny mom-and-pop joint that’s no-frills, but oh-so-good, and oh-so-authentic. A la carte tacos or quesadillas with beef, pork, chicken, tripe, or sausage fillings make for an especially satisfying lunch.
Serving up breakfast and lunch and offering outdoor seating, Goldies is a family-owned diner-style eatery that touts “Great food for everyday people.” Classics like eggs Benedict and country fried steak, plus lighter options such as egg white omelets and yogurt parfaits, are available for breakfast, and you can order them all day. For lunch, grab a club sandwich, Reuben, French dip, Cobb salad, or tuna melt.
Brooks Gourmet Burgers and Dogs
Brooks’ unique burgers are what set them apart from the rest. There’s the Goober, with beef, peanut butter, and bacon, the Donut Burger, with American cheese and bacon in between two glazed donuts, and the Greek, with onions, feta, olives, and green peppers … just to name a few. Brooks also has beer, wine, and ultimately creative milk shakes. Try bacon caramel pecan, strawberry goat cheese, or port wine with candied pecans if you’re feeling especially adventurous.
Sandy’s Cuban Cafe
Want some of the best Cuban fares around? Try Sandy’s. You won’t find any fancy ambiance here, but you will find tasty sandwiches, salads, soups, and lunch plates. Try Sandy’s Special sandwich–that’s grilled steak, ham, cheese, tomatoes, and mayo on toasted white bread. Or, go with the classic Cuban: ham, roast pork, cheese, mustard, and pickles.
All American Shake Shop
Ice cream, burgers, sandwiches, and dogs — they’re all on the menu here. Old-fashioned American staples like pulled pork sandwiches and Philly cheesesteaks coexist with healthier salad options. No matter what you order, make sure you save room for dessert. Make your own sundae with an assortment of soft serve flavors and toppings including marshmallow, butterscotch, and chocolate syrup.