Miami doesn't exactly have a reputation for being an inexpensive city. But when it comes to food, good deals still can be found all around town. From tacos and burgers to sushi and bowls, the Magic City has an extensive range of diversity that can appease any palate and any budget. With a sizable infusion of flavors and cooking from around the world, Miami is an exciting and fun place to find affordable dishes. Here are 13 spots to fill everyone up without breaking the bank.Read More
13 Fantastic Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Miami
Looking for a cheap bite? Head to these spots.
Pack Super Market
Fried chicken aficionados know to head to this Little Haiti supermarket for one of the city’s top renditions. Crispy, seasoned on the outside, and tender and moist inside, combo meals that include plantains, rice, beans, salad, and picklez (Haitian pickled vegetables) are under $10.
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Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
The thirteen sandwich variations are the most famous offerings at this no-frills Cuban diner, and justifiably so. They are big, flavorful, and priced under $7, including options of pan con bistec (steak sandwich), pan con lechon (pork sandwich), and the Cuban sandwich with an add-on of croquetas on top. A breakfast of empanadas, Cuban bread, and guava and cheese pies is also a great way to go. Enriqueta’s rounds out the menu with daily specials like generous platters of pork, chicken, and beef steaks, ham salad, and even a traditional BLT of bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
Chef and founder Troy Tingling, a first-generation Jamaican American, launched Soufly Chicken in Wynwood as a food truck in November 2021, later opening a physical location. The restaurant uses innovative cooking technology for quicker, lower-calorie fried chicken. Menu highlights include a $12.99 tenders combo with fries and a drink and the $9.50 Bird On The Run sandwich with spicy boneless chicken breast. Vegan options are available starting at $11.75.
La Sandwicherie (Multiple locations)
Grab a massive sandwich from this French sandwich shop that is (almost) open all hours of the day for under $12. Don’t forget to grab extra of its house-made vinaigrette, which is so popular it’s now sold by the jar.
El Palacio De Los Jugos (Multiple locations)
Consider El Palacio De Los Jugos the original Miami food hall. Serving a wide variety of Latin American dishes like arroz imperial (rice and chicken casserole), maduros (plantains), pan con bistec (steak sandwich), and a variety of fruit juices, this iconic Miami spot is where the locals come to dine on the cheap with special dishes that remind them of home.
El Rey de las Fritas
This restaurant has been a fixture in Miami for over 50 years for one reason: its frita burger. The popular Cuban take on the burger is made with a seasoned patty of ground pork and ground beef housed on Cuban bread and topped with shoestring potatoes, which costs $5.25 at this Calle Ocho staple. Wash it back with a cold glass of mamay (papaya) juice for the ultimate El Rey experience.
On Calle Ocho, this spot specializes in Cuban sandwiches, all made with in-house ingredients all the way down to the pickles. The menu features the classic Cubano, a traditional Cuban sandwich; Medianoche, a Cubano made with sweet bread; and Croqueta Preparada, a Cubano enhanced with ham croquettes. Prices range from $10.99 to $13.59.
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Vale Food Co
Affordable eating meets healthy eating at this popular counter-service joint. Acai bowls start at $10.99, and hearty hot bowls like the Sweet Earth Bowl—with sweet potato noodles and teriyaki chicken—are priced up to $19.99. Plenty of vegan choices are also available.
Casola's Pizzeria and Sub Shop
At this local pizzeria, hungry diners can find slices of pizza as big as their head starting at $6, along with a variety of inexpensive sandwiches and some of the biggest (and well-priced) chicken wings in town. Half-pound burgers cooked to order ring in under $10, too.
The Original Daily Bread Marketplace
Load up on kebabs and Middle Eastern specialties on the cheap at this longstanding Miami spot. The platter is the way to get the most bang for a buck, offering a choice of protein and three sides like hummus, baba ganoush, salad, tabouli, or rice pilaf for under $15.
Arbetter Hot Dogs
What’s more nostalgic than grabbing a quick meal at a no-frills hot dog stand on the side of the road? And at this retro hot dog shop, guests will feel like they’ve gone back in time for more than one reason. Aside from the bright yellow and red 1950s decor, Arbetter’s also serves up a huge selection of hot dogs and fries, which boast retro pricing at under $4 each.
Chef Michael Beltran has reimagined the American diner with a Cuban twist, making it a favorite among Coconut Grove locals. The all-day breakfast menu, available from 8 a.m. until closing, features options like the $10 Chef’s Breakfast with white rice and eggs and the $15 La Completa, including three eggs, potatoes, and a toasted bread. Additionally, diners shouldn’t miss the pastelitos (turnover style pastry) from Pastelito Papi, available in rotating flavors such as guava and cheese, ropa vieja, and frita, priced at $4 each.
In the mood for some Caribbean flavors? Then look no further than Jamaica Kitchen, which has been the place in Miami to dine on Jamaican favorites like jerk chicken, curry goat, and beef patties without breaking the bank. Or opt for the curry chicken instead; it's a game changer.