Best Cheap Meals in Miami and South Beach

Miami and South Beach aren’t cheap yet there are places where you can have a decent meal at a very reasonable price. Not only are the following items cheap, they are also very tasty. This top compilation gives you the most popular dishes for under $10 but you can also pretty much choose anything off the menu which is going to be equally delicious and affordable. Dine-in or pack it To Go and have a picnic at the beach, Lummus Park or South Pointe Park.

MIAMI BEACH

Joe’s Takeaway

11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Fried Chicken

There’s more than just pricey seafood at Joe’s. Skip the restaurant’s long line and go next door to the Takeaway section. Get a takeout basket of black pepper spiced fried chicken. It’s an amazing deal from a fine dining restaurant for under $10. Also, the house key lime pie is to die for.

Safron Mediterranean Grill

1049 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Gyro Wrap

Share a gyro wrap for only $10. It’s a huge meal stuffed with lamb meat, fresh vegetables in Tzatziki sauce all wrapped up in a warm pita bread. It’s absolutely delicious and a great deal for someone trying to stretch a dollar while savoring really good food. Customers also like the lentil soup, hummus, and falafel plate. They also have vegetarian options.

Sriracha House

1502 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Any Noodle Dish

Sriracha takes inspiration from South East Asian street food serving a rainbow of Asian-style noodles and rice prepared to order. You can mix and match choosing different noodles, proteins, veggies, toppings and sauces. For about $10 you will have a great bowl of tasty food. Wash it all down with one of their signature bubble teas or imported beers.

Huahua’s Taqueria

1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Any Taco

Sit outside at this hole-in-the-wall taco joint that serves burritos, tacos, nachos, grilled elote (corn on the cob) and tortilla bowl salads. You can get three tasty tacos or a fat burrito for around $10, salad bowls start at $9.99. Taco varieties include fish, shrimp, fried chicken, al pastor, grilled steak and veggie options. Wash it all down with a slushy Margarita or a Mexican soda.

El Chalan on the Beach

1580 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Jalea Mixta

El Chalan is a family-owned restaurant serving delicious fresh seafood, ceviche and Peruvian specialties at reasonable prices since 1997. Portions are very generous and always accompanied by a basket of fresh baked bread and spicy green aji. El Chalan has daily soups for about $7 and a selection of grilled fish or meat sandwiches starting at $14. The Jalea Mixta is a mound of fried fish, shrimp, calamari, mussels and octopus topped with red onion, cilantro and tomatoes accompanied by yucca. It’s about $25 but one of these is enough for two or three people.

Taco Rico

409 15th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Chicken Burrito

This hearty chicken burrito rivals the size and shape of Chipotle’s and it’s a lot cheaper. The chicken burrito from Taco Rico comes filled to the brim with lettuce, rice, beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese wrapped in a large, warmly toasted flour tortilla. They even give you a bag of chips and salsa on the side.

Spris Artisan Pizza

731 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Large Margherita Pizza

Sit outside and enjoy watching the amusing foot traffic on Lincoln Road as you eat the large, six-slice Margherita pizza. The large pie features freshly made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil.

Thai House South Beach

1137 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Pad Thai

Lunch is where the deals are at this Thai restaurant where combos are priced at $10.95 between 11am and 3pm. Choose from several options: red, green, Panang or Massaman curries, Pad Thai, fried rice or other Thai specialties. Generous portions and soup or salad come with the lunch special as well as white rice. An appetizer sampler of wontons, spring rolls and shrimp will cost you about $6. Wash it all down with a traditional iced Thai coffee or tea.

La Sandwicherie

229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Any Sandwich

La Sandwicherie is home to the best hand-crafted sandwiches on the beach since the 80s. Take a sit outside on the bar stools and watch chefs prepare your lunch live. Crispy, flaky French bread is the basis for the sandwich. Pro tip: the Frenchie, made with salami and brie, is the most popular order. They also have salads and fresh juices. Best thing is that they are open till 5am.

Moshi Moshi

1448 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Any Ramen or Rice Dish

Cozy and unpretentious, Moshi Moshi is a favorite among locals. Serving innovative sushi rolls, smalls plates, sake and a variety of Japanese eats. It’s known amongst the locals as a late-night sake and desert hot-spot as they are open 24 hours.

Hiro’s Sushi Express

1518 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Any sushi roll

Hiro’s Sushi serves some of the lowest cost sushi and Japanese food in town. Prices for nigiri start at $1.25 and many dishes run between $7 and $9.50, it’s one of the best deals in Miami Beach. The selection of appetizers, specialty rolls, nigiri combos and lunch specials is very large as well as various noodle dishes, teriyaki and tempura.

Spitfire Grill

405 15th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Doner Kebab

Doner Kebab is Turkish inspired street food consisting of sandwiches filled with meats cooked on a vertical grill. Spitfire serves up tasty doner sandwiches, wraps and salad bowls stuffed with antibiotic and hormone free chicken and meats and also uses organic flour for their home-made bread. Sides include fries or hummus and vegetarian options are also offered. Doner start at $9.99 and platters at $13.99.

Carrot Express

1755 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dish: Crunchy Avocado Toast

Carrot Express has been synonymous with healthy eating since its first location opened in South Beach nearly 25 years ago. Since then, chef and owner Mario Laufer has expanded the winning concept, fresh and wholesome salads, wraps and sandwiches, to other locations in Miami.

My Colombia

702 71st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33141

Dish: Bandeja Paisa

The Bandeja Paisa at the casual North Beach spot Mi Colombia costs just over $11. You get steak, fried pork rind, beans, plantains, rice, avocado, and an egg. It’s not just the quantity that’s impressive. The steak is great. It’s a great dish, and more than enough for two people to split.

WYNWOOD

Pizza Tropical at Gramps

176 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Dish: El Peppe Slice

If you are visiting the Wynwood Walls, don’t miss this spot. It’s a little walk-up window on the patio of Gramp’s serving New York-style slices and whole pizzas. Crispy and thin, the oversize slice is topped with cheese and crunchy pepperoni. It’s only open for takeout right now, but the handy meal is perfect to grab and eat while exploring Wynwood’s graffiti.

The Taco Stand

313 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Dish: The California Burrito

Wynwood is not full of casual, tasty meal options for under $10, except for The Taco Stand. That’s why this place is usually pretty crowded, but it’s also because the food here is good. So if you are a bit burnt out on $16 cocktails and $18 small plates, just come here and drop $9 on the very good California burrito, which is filled with beef, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and French fries.

LITTLE HAVANA

Sanguich de Miami

2057 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

Dish: Midnight Sandwich

If you are visiting Little Havana, don’t miss this spot. They have one of the best Cuban sandwiches in the city. The Media Noche is basically a Cubano with ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard in a sweet bread. They also feature seven batidos (Cuban milkshakes). Don’t miss the Cuban coffee.

Versailles

3555 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

Dish: Special Cubano

Tourists beeline to the Little Havana restaurant to taste it, and locals know Versailles makes one of Miami’s best Cubanos. Built with sweet ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and a squirt of yellow mustard, the traditional sandwich on Cuban bread is made fresh and served hot.

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