Budget-Friendly Dining Options on Miami’s Mainland

Jackson Soul Food

You can find great affordable food almost anywhere in Miami.

Miami may be known as a glamorous city, but it’s just as well known as a cultural melting pot and the city’s diverse demographics make for diverse culinary experiences. The city is full of small, mom-and-pop authentic eateries that are easy on your wallet.

For a real taste of Miami be sure to make some time for meals on the mainland’s many neighborhoods. Whether it’s Cuban food in Little Havana, down-home style BBQ in Historic Overtown or a hip bistro with reasonable prices in the Design District, you can get a real bang for your buck all across the city and have a memorable meal too.

Little Havana

On Calle Ocho, Versailles is a Cuban dining destination known for its large portions and amicable staff.

You can find inexpensive Cuban food all over the city at the seven Palacio de los Jugos locations. A favorite amongst the Cuban community and foodies alike, this outdoor “juice palace” is a hybrid of a diner and a juice bar. Opt for the freshly made mango juice. And staples like Cuban sandwiches, pastries and croquetas, as well as take-out food platters big enough to feed an army are available.

Little Havana’s Azucar Ice Cream Company has developed a devoted following in the few years it’s been open. Order bold fusions of flavors like Cuban Coffee and Oreo or Cuatro Leches. They have a rotating selection of seasonal toppings like sugarcane, pineapple and rose petals.

Historic Overtown

In the Historic Overtown area, Jackson’s Soul Food offers delectable dishes like meatloaf, BBQ chicken, ribs and other home cooked favorites for reasonable prices. Check out the Caribbean influence on the menu: for just $9 you can try a conch sandwich with fries.


Pick up a Cuban sandwich at the long-time favorite Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop. Then go explore the Wynwood Walls, a completely free street art area featuring murals by renowned artists.


Tinta Y Café is a little spot that embodies Miami’s unique and friendly character. This coffee shop and café is a cozy environment where you can grab a bite to eat and a coffee or even a glass of wine. It’s a place where you’ll want to take a seat and stay awhile.

Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove’s bohemian, laid-back vibe lends itself to leisurely lunches and nice strolls along the tree-lined streets. For a meal that’s inexpensive and healthy check out The Last Carrot. This lunch-counter is packed every day with regulars who rely on their veggie stuffed pitas and juices for lunch.

For light bites and wine try Vino’s In The Grove where they have a great happy hour and an impressive wine selection at reasonable prices.

Coral Gables

Check out Pardo’s Peruvian Cuisine, a restaurant specializing in chicken and ceviche dishes that are delicious, authentic and affordable.

Don’t overlook the happy hours and late night menus at otherwise pricier places like Morton’s and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, where you’ll find surprising deals.

In Miami you can experience authentic ethnic, or hip affordable eateries, or casual beach-fare and more.

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