Best Cheap Eats in Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Greater Miami is known for its glitz and glamour, but that doesn’t mean diners need to spend a lot of money to find a memorable meal here. From sandwich counters to juice shops to authentic Mexican street food, there are plenty of spots to discover inexpensive and delicious dining options.

La Sanwicherie
Grab a handheld meal at La Sanwicherie

South Beach

La Sandwicherie has been serving fresh and flavorful French-inspired sandwiches on baguettes and croissants in South Beach since 1988. These bountiful handheld meals 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 are doused with the secret ingredient: a craveable housemade Dijon vinaigrette. The shop, where most every item is under $10, also serves many of the same toppings in a salad instead of a sandwich. You’ll find multiple locations throughout Greater Miami.

For quality food at a nice price, head to Joe's Take Away at the iconic Joe’s Stone Crab. For under $10, you can get Joe’s Famous Half Fried Chicken, a feast big enough for two that's nearly as sought after as the restaurant’s namesake stone crabs.

If you're craving Mexican, Huahua’s Taqueria on Lincoln Road is the place to go for high-quality Mexican food at an affordable price. Grab three of the signature tacos, from pork al pastor and carnitas to crispy fish and grilled mahi. Or, try the restaurant’s wide variety of burritos, nachos, quesadillas and salads.

Miami Juice
Miami Juice makes choosing difficult with a near-encyclopedic menu of juices

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 the hotels and condominiums, you’ll discover plenty of local spots with inexpensive eats. At the Latin-Italian-American fusion restaurant, IL Ponte Vecchio Pizzeria, you can get a slice of pizza or a whole personal Margherita pizza for a very reasonable price.

At Miami Juice, choose from more than 20 veggie-packed sandwiches, as well as a near-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 order, pair it with a drink from the bar, as Duffy’s pours two-for-one drinks all day long.

Brickell

My Ceviche in Brickell is known for its octopus and grilled fish tacos, served up in a colorful setting. For a full meal at a good value, try the ceviche bowl with your choice of base and protein topping. There are additional locations in South Beach, South Miami and at Miami International Airport.

Coyo Taco Corn
Visit Coyo Taco for top-notch Mexican street food and a premium tequila bar

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, the restaurant serves up delicious - and inexpensive - offerings such as slow-roasted pork shoulder, achiote and habanero pickled onion tacos. You'll find additional locations in Brickell and Coral Gables.

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. For an extra-hearty meal, try the steak sub made with a half-pound of sirloin and your choice of toppings. 

Head to Coconut Grove’s El Taquito for fresh-made tacos that are a favorite among locals. There are additional locations in Little Havana and Kendall.

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 less than $15, you can get a heaping platter of grilled chicken, falafel, gyros and more, all served with hummus, baba ganoush and other traditional accompaniments.

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

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