Best Cheap Eats in Miami

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Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

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By: Shayne Benowitz

While Miami is bursting at the seams with high-end restaurants and glamorous drinking dens, it also has plenty of fast-casual spots and dive bars where locals can find an inexpensive bite to eat. Next time you’re in the mood for great food at a good price, head to one of these spots for a meal that will satisfy without breaking the bank.

South Beach

La Sandwicherie has been serving French sandwiches on baguettes and croissants since 1988. These bountiful bites come piled high with lettuce, tomato, green and hot peppers, black olives, onions, cucumbers, cornichons and options like smoked salmon, pate, French salami, brie, roast beef, chicken salad and more – all doused with the secret ingredient, a homemade Dijon vinaigrette that you simply can't get enough of. There are additional locations in Brickell, Wynwood and North Beach, and a new location is coming soon to Coral Gables.

For quality food at a nice price, head to Joe's Take Away at the iconic Joe’s Stone Crab. The stone crabs will cost you a pretty penny, but for just $8.95 you can get Joe’s Famous Half Fried Chicken, a feast big enough for two that's nearly as sought after as its namesake stone crabs.

If you're craving Mexican, Huahua’s Taqueria on Lincoln Road is the place to go. Get three of the signature tacos, from pork al pastor and carnitas to crispy pescado and grilled mahi mahi. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of burritos, nachos, quesadillas and salads at an equally affordable price.

North Miami Beach & Sunny Isles Beach

Cruising past the dazzling luxury high rises of Sunny Isles Beach, you might not expect to find affordable, casual food. Yet tucked between these towering condominiums, you’ll find plenty of local spots with inexpensive eats. At the Latin-Italian-American fusion restaurant, IL Ponte Vecchio Pizzeria in Sunny Isles Beach, you can get a slice of pizza or a whole personal Margherita pizza.

At Miami Juice, choose from more than 20 health-conscious sandwiches, as well as an encyclopedic menu of fresh pressed juices.

For a livelier atmosphere, head across the causeway to Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach for platters of boneless wings in more than ten flavors. Whatever you get, pair it with a drink from the bar as Duffy’s happy hour pours two-for-one drinks all day long.

Brickell

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

My Ceviche Brickell is known for its octopus and grilled fish tacos. It even has a cute little patio area where you can people-watch while you eat. There are additional locations too.

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 $7.50.

Coconut Grove & Coral Gables

Craving a slice of pizza as big as your head? At Casola's Pizzeria and Sub Shop, between Brickell and Coconut Grove, you can get one at almost any time of day.

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 $2.49 apiece. It also offers specials at $4.99, either three tacos (steak or chicken) or two tacos and a soda.

Bringing a taste of the other side of the world to Coconut Grove is The Original Daily Bread Marketplace, a premier Middle Eastern café and food store. For $10.99, you can get heaping platters of grilled chicken.

Pincho's Coral Gables outpost serves up its famously hearty Pincho Burgers topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, potato sticks and pink sauce for just $7.99. These burgers are so delicious they won a People's Choice Award at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. There are multiple locations throughout Miami.

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