With all the money people in Miami blow on drinks, plastic surgery, drinks for girls who’ve had plastic surgery, foreign car rentals and shit nightclubs there’s hardly anything left over for food. And while you could solve this problem by eating nothing but TGI Fridays Endless Appetizers, you could also check out this list of the 10 best spots for great cheap food — from pizza to oysters — in Miami. You’re welcome…
10 Best Spots for Great Cheap Food in Miami
3252 N.E. 1st Avenue – Suite #104 Miami, Florida (305)921-4373
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
2400 SW 27th St Miami, FL 33133 (305)856-0363
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.
229 14th St Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305)532-8934
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.
8736 SW 72 St Miami, FL 33173 (305)596-2585
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.
1952 W Flagler St Miami, FL 33125 (305)642-3322
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
11 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305)673-0365
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
5828 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33144 (305)266-8486
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
1435 Brickell Ave Miami, FL 33131 (305)381-3535
What you’re getting: Oysters, $1 during happy hour
The view from the outdoor terrace isn’t too shabby, either.
Fiesta Mexican Grill
10433 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178 (305) 468-8736
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.
Joey’s Italian Cafe
2506 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33137 (305)438-0488
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.