Food & Drink

16 Mouthwatering Meals in Miami for Under $10

Published On 01/14/2016 Published On 01/14/2016
Ms. Cheezious

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. Cheezious

Address and Info

MiMo (& a roaming food truck)

Price: $8
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.

Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger

Ensenada style fish taco

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers

Address 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 Grill

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MiMo

Price: $7.90
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

Maido

Address and Info

Doral

Price: $7.50
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.

Giraffas

Contra filet platter

Giraffas

Address and Info

North Miami (& Other Locations)

Price: $9.49
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 Market

Address and Info

Little Haiti

Price: $8.00
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.

Philly cheesesteak

A Little Bit of Philly

Address and Info

Virginia Gardens

Price: $8.00
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 Taco & Bocce

Tinga Club

Firito Taco

Address and Info

MiMo

Price: $6
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 Monimbo

Address and Info

Doral (& other locations)

Price: $7
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.

Courtesy of Buddha's Belly

Buddha’s Belly

Burrito San

Address and Info

Downtown

Price: $9
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.

Station 28

Lechon Asu que tal Lechon hot sandwich

Station 28

Address and Info

Downtown

Price: $6.99
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 Shop

Address and Info

Wynwood

Price: $9
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.

Falafel pita

Etzel Itzik

Address and Info

Aventura

Price: $6.45
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.

Della Test Kitchen

Southwest Bowl

Della

Address and Info

Wynwood

Price: $9.50
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.

Lunch Special

Sliderz

Address and Info

North Miami

Price: $9.95
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 Pizza

Address and Info

North Miami

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.

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Miami writer, Mandy Baca, was especially surprised by the amount of affordable eats around town. Now, she’s less likely to go broke. Follow her on Twitter at @mandybaca.

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1. Ms. Cheezious 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

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).

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2. Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burger 12581 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

They serve up some of the most mouthwatering tacos in Miami.

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4. Maido 4267 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33178

"Maido," a casual greeting in Western Japan, acts alongside traditional cuisine to introduce customers to an authentic dining experience.

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5. Giraffas 3252 Buena Vista Ave, Miami, FL 33137

This Brazilian fast-food chain restaurant offers platters of mouth-watering meat with traditional sides like white rice and black beans.

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6. B & M Market 219 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

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.

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7. A Little Bit Of Philly 3940 Curtiss Pkwy, Miami Springs, FL 33166

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.

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8. Firito Taco & Bocce 1071 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

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.

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9. Fritanga Monimbo 10471 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178

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.

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10. Burrito San 119 SE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33131

We are obsessed with the food here, and after one bite of the Buddah's Belly, you will be, too.

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11. Station 28 91 SE 2nd St, Miami, FL 33131

Not sure what to eat for lunch? A hot sandwich from Station 28 will revolutionize your lunch hour.

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12. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop 2830 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

In addition to being one of the best authentic Cuban restaurants in all of Miami, Enriqueta’s also makes a hell of a Cuban sandwich.

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13. Etzel Itzik 18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33180 (Aventura)

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.

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14. Della 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

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).

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15. Sliderz North Miami 1817 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181 (North Miami)

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?

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16. Steve's Pizza 12101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33181 (North Miami)

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.

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