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The 18 Best Spots for Cheap Eats in Miami

Published On 04/13/2015 Published On 04/13/2015
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With all the money people in Miami spend on drinks, plastic surgery, and drinks for girls who've had plastic surgery, there's hardly anything left over for food. And while you could solve this problem by eating nothing but TGI Fridays Endless Apps, you could also check out our list of the 18 best eat deals on everything -- from pizza to oysters -- in Miami. You're welcome...

100 Montaditos

100 Montaditos

Multiple locations
What you’re getting: Original Montaditos, $1
The restaurant’s selection of 100 items is all $1 on Wednesdays, but if you can’t wait until then, a small selection of their menu is always a buck, including these bite-sized mini baguettes loaded with ingredients like serrano ham, chorizo, and pork loin.

The Original Daily Bread Marketplace

The Original Daily Bread Marketplace

Coconut Grove
What you’re getting: Falafel platter, $6.95
In this Latin paradise, sweet falafel's kinda hard to find, so score this huge plate with pita bread, hummus, and tabouli, and it's so cheap; you’ll have enough cash for a baklava snack for later.

La Sandwicherie

La Sandwicherie

Miami Beach/Brickell
What you’re getting: Prosciutto sandwich, $7.90
This sweet spot has been feeding rowdy Miamians late at night for years. The sandwiches, big enough for two, come loaded with tons of veggie toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, green & hot peppers, black olives, red onions, cucumbers, cornichons) and an addictive French dressing. We may or may not have stolen a bottle or two of this over the years.
 

Jamaica Kitchen

Kendall
What you’re getting: Jamaican Patties, $2-2.50
The secret behind that yellow tinge on the flaky shell? A hint of turmeric, mon. These spicy babies come filled with a slew of options -- beef, beefy cheese, jerk chicken, curry chicken, vegetable, callaloo, and plantain tarts, plus a small hint of Scotch Bonnet peppers. They’re baked fresh daily, but we can’t promise they’ll last all day.

La Camaronera Seafood Joint and Fish Market

La Camaronera

Little Havana
What you’re getting: The Original Pan con Minuta (snapper sandwich), $7.35
Fresh snapper is battered and deep-fried with the tail on, placed on a Cuban bun and topped with chopped onions and secret sauce. The tradition dates back to Cuba where the Garcia Brothers mastered the art of fishing, and then eating said fish, over decades.

Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

Joe's Stone Crab

Miami Beach
What you’re getting: Joe’s Famous Half Fried Chicken, $6.95
Yeah, you can be a big baller at this old-school SoBe institution with a fried chicken feast that is enough to feed two. Stone crabs are overrated when you can buy these year round.

El Mago de las Fritas

El Mago De Las Fritas

Coral Terrace
What you’re getting: Frita Cubana, $3.50
Not only is this one of those only-in-Miami foods, but this Cuban hamburger with matchstick potatoes and secret sauce is also a cheap eat. The Mago makes them so lean, your wallet and your stomach can afford to eat two.

EDGE Steak & Bar

EDGE, Steak & Bar

Brickell
What you’re getting: Oysters, $1 during happy hour
The view from the outdoor terrace isn’t too shabby, either.

Fiesta Mexican Grill

Fiesta Mexican Grill

Doral
What you’re getting: Enchilada Verde, $6.50
All your money will be gone after you play the links at Trump National. Thanks Donald. Two enchiladas with your choice of chicken, steak, or cheese, served with refried beans, Mexican rice, and chips will be the best hole in one of the day.
 

El Palacio de los Jugos

Multiple locations
What you’re getting: Pan con lechon, $4
This is Miami’s 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.

CLOS Bistro & Cafe

CLOS Bistro & Cafe

Downtown
What you’re getting: Lunch Combos $4.99-7.99
Lunch combos? Lunch combos usually mean fast food, but when there are empanadas involved and the place is located right in front of Bayfront Park (aka fresh air) they mean this place makes the list.
 

Toro Toro

Downtown
What you’re getting: The happy hour menu, $5-6
Hotels usually mean expensive food, but head here during Happy Hour, when it offers a menu between five and six bucks from 4-7pm, and eat as much guac & chips, choclo empanadas, crispy calamari, chicharron de camarones, Spanish ham croquettes, and smoked swordfish dip as you can.

Pincho Factory

Pincho Factory

Westchester/Coral Gables
What you’re getting: Pincho Burger, $6.99
In Latin American countries, pinchos are Spanish for meat skewers. The fast-casual restaurant may have started with that concept in mind, but its burgers easily outshines 'em. So much so, that it won People’s Choice Award at this year’s SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash. The original with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, potato sticks, and pink sauce is a great primer.

Joey's Italian Cafe

Joey’s Italian Cafe

Wynwood
What you’re getting: Spaghetti Al Pomodoro, $10.50
The best Italian food comes in the form of simple ingredients and large portions. This place has both, but thankfully, it won’t break the bank like that other big shot spaghetti slinger in town. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by loads of cool art, before, during, and after.
 

Bali Café

Downtown
What you’re getting: Bihun Ayam Jakarta, $7.95
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.

La Latina Miami

La Latina

Midtown
What you’re getting: An arepa, $5.50-6.50
The arepa battle between Colombians and Venezuelans vying for ownership of these circular cheese-filled cakes is strong. In this case, Venezuela wins. They are delicious as is, but toppings like shredded beef, pork, and avocado make it even better.

Pummarola Pastificio Pizzeria

Pummarola Pastificio and Pizzeria

Coral Gables
What you’re getting: All pizza pies under $11
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?
 

Fritanga Pinolandia

Little Havana
What you’re getting: Carne asada, $8
Fritangas are neighborhood Nicaraguan cafeterias. This one is different, however, because it 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.
 
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1. The Original Daily Bread Marketplace 2400 SW 27th St, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

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 (Miami Beach)

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 (Kendall)

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 (Miami Beach)

Yeah, you can be a big baller at this old-school SoBe institution with a fried chicken feast that is enough to feed two. Stone crabs are overrated when you can buy these year round.

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

El Mago's slinging a shton of traditional Cuban fritas because, as the name implies, they are pretty much the wizards of all things frita-related.

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

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 (Downtown)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Coral Gables)

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 (Wynwood)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Design District)

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 (Coral Gables)

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 (Little Havana)

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.

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