Food & Drink

The 18 Best Spots for Cheap Eats in Miami

Published On 04/13/2015 Published On 04/13/2015
100 Montaditos
The Original Daily Bread Marketplace
La Sandwicherie
La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market
Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant
El Mago de las Fritas
EDGE Steak & Bar
Fiesta Mexican Grill
CLOS Bistro & Cafe
Pincho Factory
Joey's Italian Cafe
La Latina Miami
Pummarola Pastificio Pizzeria
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1. The Original Daily Bread Marketplace 2400 SW 27th St, Miami, FL 33133

Sweet falafel can be kinda hard to find, so score a huge plate at this Coconut Grove spot, complete with pita bread, hummus, and tabouli, and it's so cheap; you’ll have enough cash for a baklava snack for later.

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2. La Sandwicherie 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

French eats in Miami -- just so the city's covered all its bases. LS's has been voted best sandwich in the 305, plus they've got salads, a juice bar, and hot sammies.

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3. Jamaica Kitchen 8736 SW 72 St, Miami, FL 33173

Be sure to get the Jamaican patties when you're here. They have a ton of options including beef, beefy cheese, jerk chicken, curry chicken, vegetable, callaloo, and plantain tarts, plus a small hint of Scotch Bonnet peppers.

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4. La Camaronera 1952 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33125

Fresh snapper is battered and deep-fried with the tail on, placed on a Cuban bun and topped with chopped onions and secret sauce -- aka the The Original Pan con Minuta, aka what you need to order here.

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5. Joe's Stone Crab 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

You know about Joe’s Stone Crab, everyone does, Miami-based or not. Joe’s is a South Beach institution, and for over a century has been one of the city’s most famous restaurants. The old-school, art deco space is full of servers in tuxedos and stone crab claws that somehow taste sweeter here than anywhere else in the city. All sorts of other seafood dishes, as well as steaks, fried chicken, and standard steakhouse sides (if you don't get the Lyonnaise potatoes, you're making a huge mistake) make up the all-star menu that draws crowds, celebrities included, to its dining room on Washington Avenue. And what would a Miami Beach mainstay be without key lime pie? Joe’s knows, and it does it the best.

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6. El Mago de las Fritas 5828 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

El Mago de Las Fritas, or the Fritas Magician, celebrates the Cuban hamburger tradition of topping a seasoned ground beef patty with onions and a pile of tiny, wispy shoestring fries. Luckily, El Mago doesn't limit its Cuban touch to hamburgers, and extra-long hot dogs and egg sandwiches are similarly available with a topping of thin and crispy potato sticks. Sweet and savory specials like freshly fried chicharrones and flan are also worth ordering in the laid-back, diner space.

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7. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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8. Fiesta Mexican Grill , Miami, FL

At Fiesta Mexican you can get two enchiladas with your choice of chicken, steak, or cheese, served with refried beans, Mexican rice, and chips without emptying your wallet.

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9. El Palacio De Los Jugos 14300 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

This Cuban fast-food joint in Flagami, Florida has seen visits from Bobby Flay and other celebri-chefs, but it is best known for all of its made-in-house, fresh juices. It's also a mecca of pork and for good reason; the chicharrones (fresh pork rinds) are so good that people revolve their trip around them. This place has got the whole nose-to-tail theory down pat, using other parts of the pig for its juicy sandwich.

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10. Clos Bistro & Cafe 100 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131

Be sure to try the lunch combos at this spot located right in front of Bayfront Park.

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11. Toro Toro 100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131

This Pan-Latin restaurant sits in the lobby of a hotel, but its swank dark wood embellishments and leather booths make it feel like it's its own Miami establishment. The menu includes unexpected items like lamb skewers with yogurt sauce, though classic meat dishes like lamb chops and rib-eye steak are also popular.

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12. Pincho Factory 32 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

It's BYOB at PF's second outpost in Coral Gables, where they're serving the same delicious American eats, including their award-winning Best Burger in South Florida. The place is hellbent on countering your quinoa intake with bacon dogs and frighteningly awesome burgers, but they don't just stop there: PF also serves up killer breakfast eats like French toast soaked in a homemade custard, spiked with their banana bread beer reduction and smothered in caramelized bananas and maple syrup.

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13. Joey's Italian Cafe 2506 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This Wynwood restaurant is the perfect place to stop for sustenance during an art-fueled day in the neighborhood. The Italian food is really good, like chef-from-Italy good, so prepare to be wowed by large portions of house-made pasta, brick-oven pizza, and grilled meats. The ingredients are simple and the price is right.

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14. Bali Cafe 109 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

Who knew there was an Indonesian restaurant in the middle of Downtown Miami? It’s so small, we missed it the first time around too, but from lumpia to gado-gado and laksa, the entire menu is accessible. This dish of rice noodles, chicken, mushroom, spinach, and quail egg is a good intro into this exotic cuisine. Pro tip: it’s cash only.

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15. La Latina Miami 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This Venezuelan arepera serves traditional, um, arepas using the freshest ingredients, and they've also got a slew of gluten-free and vegan options for you to choose from.

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16. Pummarola Pastificio Pizzeria 141 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Ah, pizza, our recession-proof love. If you were Italian, this one would make your Nonna proud... if she was Neapolitan and used fresh ingredients instead of the canned stuff most Grandmas use. Now, who’s up for a pizza party?

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17. Fritangas Pinolandia 119 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33128

This place offers the largest serving of carne asada this side of Nicaragua atop gallo pinto, queso frito, and maduros. Even better, there’s a tiny market in the back and it’s open 24 hours a day.