Cheap Eats

  • Tilia's In-Between
    You can make a nice little meal of small plates such as plush meatballs and fried gnocchi for about $10. 2726 43rd St., Mpls., Linden Hills, 612-354-2806,
  • Cuzzy's House Burger with Tots
    A 1/2 lb. burger may seem strange with bacon, sprouts, and special sauce, but it works, and for only $8.95. 507 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-339-6211,
  • Rusty Tacos
    For $2.50 a pop, these little tacos pack a lot of flavor. Meats are roasted in-house, and the veggies and toppings are fresh. 508 Lexington Pkwy. S., St. Paul, 651-699-1833,
  • The Lowry's Chicken-Fried Meatloaf Sandwich
    This is an herby, juicy bomb by itself, but then it's topped with sausage gravy and paired with a cob of corn, a biscuit, and fries. 2112 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-341-2112,
  • World Street Kitchen Season Finale
    This food truck might not be around much longer, but if you work downtown MInneapolis and haven't gotten a Yum Yum Bowl, you're missing out. Usually at 5th & Nicollet, 612-840-2522,

Nobody's saying that roller-coaster stock markets and election-year doomsaying should put a dent in your dining, but if you feel a little better keeping some coin in your pocket, here are a few ways to have your burger and eat it too. Photos by Katherine Harris