We've told you about the 18 best spots for cheap eats in Miami, but we’re taking it one step further, and lowering the proverbial bar (monetarily, that is) to $10, making sure you have enough moolah for tax and tip (for the most part, at least). Otherwise, you can scour pants pockets and couch cushions for loose change. From carne asada to over-the-top sandwiches, here are the 16 best under $10 meals in Miami.
BBQ pulled pork melt
Ms. CheeziousAddress and Info
MiMo (& a roaming food truck)
Another food truck turned brick and mortar, this spot is now even more popular for its woodsy back area, ample beer list, and most recently for hiring Miami Heat Justise Winslow as their brand ambassador. Most of their sandwiches fit the under $10 range, but the House BBQ pulled pork with sharp cheddar on Texas toast is extra gluttonous.
Ensenada style fish taco
Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & BurgersAddress and Info
North Miami (& a roaming food truck)
Price: $2.35 each
An OG of the Miami food truck scene, the Jefe’s (pronounced he-fey) beer battered crispy fish on soft corn tortillas with shaved fresh green cabbage, pico, crema, and lime is the stuff of legends. Literally. An old family recipe, these Cali tacos were once essential to surfers battling the rough waters and now, Miami’s road warriors.
Bratwurst custom dog & side of French fries
Dogma GrillAddress and Info
DIY your own hot dog with FREE toppings like chopped onions, relish, and 1,000 Island. If you’re in the mood to splurge, $0.50 and $0.75 gets you bacon, baked beans, sauerkraut, and much more. The outdoor restaurant caters to your inner kid with childhood favorites like cracker jacks, corn dogs, ice cream sandwiches, and Yoo-Hoo.
Miso soup & negi-hama
MaidoAddress and Info
Being one of Miami’s most underrated restaurants for authentic Japanese fare in the heart of Doral should be enough, but then they have to show off with insanely affordable prices. BTW, negi-hama is a Japanese yellowtail and scallion roll.
Contra filet platter
GiraffasAddress and Info
North Miami (& Other Locations)
Move past the cheesy decor and the fact the restaurant is named after an animal (which aren't even native to Brazil), and you'll see that this Brazilian fast-casual chain offers extra large portions of healthy options, like the grill platter which includes a choice of protein (in this case, the contra filet is NY strip), white rice, black beans, and a third side (!?).
Jerk chicken (small portion)
B & M MarketAddress and Info
Not only is this one of Chef Michelle Bernstein’s favorite take-out joints, but they don’t use MSG. Instead, there’s tons of REAL ingredients, as the authentic spot is located inside a West Indian & Caribbean market.
A Little Bit of PhillyAddress and Info
Philly cheesesteaks in Miami? Yep, they exist and not just at Miami Subs Grill. Sure, it’s located in a sketchy part of town, but the sports-loving, Philadelphian owner makes the sandwiches with Amoroso rolls, provolone cheese, and of course, mushrooms.
Firito TacoAddress and Info
This low-key taco shack is split into 2 sections -- one for eating and one for playing bocce. The under $10 menu is filled with overflowing tacos, quesadillas, and floor-to-ceiling fridges of beer. Tacos come two per order and the most popular is the Tinga Club with chicken, avocado cream, bacon, tomato, queso, garlic chili aioli, and scallions. Did we mention there are churros on the menu?
Carne asada platter
Fritanga MonimboAddress and Info
Doral (& other locations)
Fritangas are cafeteria-style Nicaraguan restaurants that pile food on top of food in styrofoam boxes. This local chain has mastered the style down to the imported products and counter staff that doesn’t speak English. They call Nicaragua the Wisconsin of Latin America and for good reason... they love their beef. The obvious choice is the carne asada platter which comes stacked with gallo pinto (Nicaraguan-style rice and beans), sweet or fried plantains, and vinegary cabbage salad.
Burrito SanAddress and Info
Back in 2011, people freaked out when they learned about the sushi burrito, which is a sushi roll in the style of a burrito. In typical Miami fashion, it took a bit for the trend to make its way over. In 2015, we finally got our own version and people are still freaking out because it’s sooo damn good. The Buddha's Belly will fill your belly for two meals worth of roasted portobello mushroom, crunchy eggplant, avocado, shredded carrot, organic greens, and garlic miso sauce. Pro tip: there’s $1 parking at the Miami Tower with a $10 purchase.
Lechon Asu que tal Lechon hot sandwich
Station 28Address and Info
When it comes to Peruvian food, most people only know about ceviche and lomo saltado. But, there’s a whole other side to the cuisine that includes awesome chicharron sandwiches, egg-topped burgers, and smothered fries. This open-air restaurant inside a downtown arcade from the guys behind Ceviche Piano is the perfect cubicle escape.
Medianoche & batido
Enriqueta’s Sandwich ShopAddress and Info
Local sandwich connoisseurs have sworn by this old-school Cuban cafeteria since before Wynwood became cool. Forgo the typical Cubano for its sweeter cousin, the medianoche with ham, pork, cheese, pickles, and mayo on sweet egg dough bread. Extra thick batidos, aka milkshakes, are the perfect complement, in flavors like wheat, papaya, banana, mamey, mango, and strawberry.
Etzel ItzikAddress and Info
This is all kosher delights with an Israeli-Mediterranean twist (and the nicest owner this side of Israel). From falafel to Moroccan spicy sausage and chicken hearts all on pita, dishes come with six-plus mini bowls of picklings and salads.
DellaAddress and Info
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and a bit of tofu. Stay with us here... this test kitchen onboard a food truck is hoping to change the way Miami eats one bowl at a time. Extremely flavorful and catering to salad-avoiding Latinos, you won’t even notice you’re eating something healthy until you’ve finished the entire damn bowl. The Southwest Bowl is a great intro course with greens, quinoa, tofu, sweet potatoes, tomato, sunflower seeds, avocado, and red sauce.
SliderzAddress and Info
The weekday lunchtime (11:30am-3:00pm) just got better sweeter with a $10 deal of two sliderz, a side, and a drink from the guy behind Burger & Beer Joint.
Pizza by the slice
Steve’s PizzaAddress and Info
Price: $2.75 each
A staple since the ‘70s, this historic pizza parlor offers NY-style pizza with a bit of nostalgia, booth seating, and graffiti-covered walls. DIY your own slice (or a few) with toppings ranging from sausage to broccoli and pineapple.
1. Ms. Cheezious7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
2. Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burger12581 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami
3. Dogma7030 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
4. Maido4267 NW 107th Ave, Doral
5. Giraffas3252 Buena Vista Ave, Miami
6. B & M Market219 NE 79th St, Miami
7. A Little Bit Of Philly3940 Curtiss Pkwy, Miami Springs
8. Firito Taco & Bocce1071 NE 79th St, Miami
9. Fritanga Monimbo10471 NW 41st St, Doral
10. Burrito San119 SE 1st Ave, Miami
11. Station 2891 SE 2nd St, Miami
12. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop2830 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
13. Etzel Itzik18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami
14. Della56 NW 29th St, Miami
15. Sliderz North Miami1817 NE 123rd St, North Miami
16. Steve's Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
One of Miami’s best and most popular food trucks has gone brick-and-mortar, complete with a woodsy back area with games, plus a bar so you to wash down your grilled cheese with a local craft beer. Grilled cheese options go savory with bleu cheese and bacon; pulled pork melts; Frito Pie sandwiches (I know); and build-your-own's; or sweet (think marshmallows, Nutella, and ricotta).
They serve up some of the most mouthwatering tacos in Miami.
An outdoor DIY hot dog spot. We're sold.
"Maido," a casual greeting in Western Japan, acts alongside traditional cuisine to introduce customers to an authentic dining experience.
This Brazilian fast-food chain restaurant offers platters of mouth-watering meat with traditional sides like white rice and black beans.
Located inside a West Indian & Caribbean market, B&M Market is about as authentic as it gets. Using real ingredients (and no MSG), B&M serves up homemade rotis and stews with mouth-watering spiced sauces and curries.
Yes, you can find authentic Philly cheesesteaks in Miami. A Little Bit of Philly is owned by a sports-loving Philadelphian, so you know your cheesesteak is going to be good.
With everything on the menu under $10, you can eat as many tacos, quesadillas and churros as your heart desires. Tacos come two per order, plus Firito offers a huge selection of beer and an entire section of the restaurant devoted to bocce ball. Day made.
A fritanga is a Nicaraguan cafeteria-style restaurant serving piled high food in styrofoam boxes. Try the carne asada with gallo pinto (Nicaraguan rice and beans), plantains and cabbage salad.
We are obsessed with the food here, and after one bite of the Buddah's Belly, you will be, too.
Not sure what to eat for lunch? A hot sandwich from Station 28 will revolutionize your lunch hour.
This no-frills, hole-in-the-wall Cuban joint has a serious reputation for affordable, authentic Cuban fare. While the Miami mainstay has plastic seats, formica tables, and paper napkins, the food is famously delicious, and the dining room is most-always packed. The classic Cuban sandwich, Enriqueta's most popular menu item, comes with ham, roast pork, melted cheese and pickles, grilled between slices of thick-cut buttered bread, but there are plenty of other hefty Cuban-style sandwiches available as well. The sweet plantains and fried potatoes are equally delicious, typically served alongside the towering sandwiches in red plastic baskets.
Unless you've got a good tip from some locals, you might not even know this place exists, but you should. You’ll receive a grand selection of salads with pita bread the moment you sit down, and it’s one of the few places in town that serve chicken heart. Oh, and if that's not for you, they also have Moroccan spicy sausage, kebab, and falafel.
This Wynwood area "test kitchen" and prime lunch spot offers DIY veggie and grain bowls that are so delicious, you'll forget that they are actually good for you. Choose your base (quinoa, fresh greens, or brown rice), pick a protein (chickpeas, tempeh, lentils or tofu) and your choice of roasted and marinated vegetables, premium dressings and toppings (avocado, sunflower seeds, or toasted almonds among others).
You can have as many of Sliderz mini-burger's as your heart desires because, in mini-form you can really have as many as you want without feeling too guilty, right?
Steve's has been slinging arguably some of the best New York-style pizza in the 305 since the '70s. The no-frills North Miami parlor has a crazy long menu of pizza (available by the slice or by the pie) and casual Italian basics like hot and cold subs, pasta dinners, and wing appetizers. The best thing about the pizza, aside from its thin crust, fresh ingredients, and perfect amount of cheese, is that it's cheap and served on paper plates, just like in the Big Apple.