Dining on a Budget:
Cheap Eats in Miami

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By: Jennifer Agress

Head to these Magic City haunts for cheap eats.

While Miami is bursting at the seams with top-of-the-line restaurants and glamorous watering holes, it also has plenty of fast-casual spots and dives where locals can find an inexpensive bite to eat. Next time you’re in the mood for good food at a good price, head to one of these locales, spread across Miami, for a meal that won’t disappoint.

South Beach & Miami Beach

With outposts in both Brickell and Miami Beach, La Sandwicherie has been serving up French-inspired sandwiches on baguettes and croissants since 1988. For $9 or less, these bountiful bites come piled high with everything from smoked salmon and pate, to French salami, brie, roast beef and more.

For quality food at a nice price, head to another South Beach spot: Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. The stone crabs will cost you a pretty penny, but for just $6.95 you can get Joe’s Famous Half Fried Chicken, a fried chicken feast big enough for two.

If your day on the beach calls for Mexican, Huahua’s Taqueria is Lincoln Road’s answer to your request. Get three of the locale’s signature tacos from pollo al pastor and carnitas, to crispy pescado, grilled mahi mahi, for just $10.

Sunny Isles Beach & Bal Harbour

Scour through the dazzling high-rises of Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour, and tucked in between them, you’ll find plenty of local spots with affordable eats. At the Latin-Italian-American fusion restaurant, IL Ponte Vecchio Pizzeria, you can get a slice of pizza for $3 or a whole personal Margherita pizza for just $8.99.

At Miami Juice, choose from 20+ health-conscious sandwiches between $6 and $9 each.

For a more lively atmosphere, Duffy’s Sports Grill has platters of boneless wings in more than 10 flavors for just $10. Whatever you get, pair it was a drink from the bar. Duffy’s happy hour pours two-for-one drinks all day long.

Downtown & Brickell

Craving a slice of pizza that’s as big as your head? At Casola's Pizzeria and Sub Shop, near Brickell Avenue, you can get one at almost any time of day and for just $5.

Part neighborhood joint, part late-night hangout La Moon, on the other hand, whips up plates piled high with hearty Colombian food. Get beef empanadas for $1.40 each, or a “Mountain Plate” of rice, red beans, pork belly, smoked sausage, sweet plantains, fried egg, cornmeal pancakes, avocado, and your choice of grilled beef or ground beef for less than $15.

My Ceviche Brickell has octopus and grilled fish tacos that at just three for $10, and even has a cute little patio area where you can people-watch while you eat.

Design District & Wynwood

When you’re in Wynwood, look no further for quality cheap eats than Coyo Taco. Known for both its top-notch Mexican street food and its secret, premium tequila bar, it sells slow-roasted pork shoulder, achiote and habanero pickled onion tacos at two for $6.50, and Don Julio Margaritas for just $7 a pop.

Head further east, and you’ll find James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein's bakery and café, Crumb on Parchment. When you’re there for lunch, you can munch on sizeable sandwiches and salads between $5 and $10 each; like the homemade Southern tomato salad with arugula, blue cheese and rare seared tuna, for example.

Coconut Grove & Coral Gables

When it comes to cheap eats, there’s nothing more satisfying (especially at 3 a.m.) than Coconut Grove’s El Taquito. Located on Main Highway, right next door to the iconic Sandbar, this tiny taco shop barely has enough room for a few chairs, but stays packed with locals looking for fresh-made, Mexican tacos for $2 a pop.

Bringing a taste of the other side of the world is The Original Daly Bread Marketplace, Coral Gables’ premier Middle Eastern café and food store. For $10, you can get heaping platters of chicken, falafels or gyros with three sides, or sandwiches big enough for two, each under $10.

The newest addition to the fast-casual scene is Pincho Factory, which has an outpost in Coral Gables and serves up its famously hearty Pincho Burgers topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, potato sticks and pink sauce, for just $6.99 apiece.

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