If you are visiting any major city in America it is possible to find decent food that is also reasonable for the wallet. Miami, Florida is no exception. As well as Latin American influenced food, there is also plenty from Asia and the Caribbean. Ahead, we’ve summarised 10 of the best budget eateries.
Located in a family-run fish market which dates back to the 1960s, this sandwich bar also has tables so you can eat in and enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Miami. As well as their pan con minuta, they also serve sopa de cherna, or camaronera sandwich with crispy breaded shrimp.
Bulla is a Spanish gastrobar located in the Coral Gables area of Miami and is a great place to find some reasonably priced tapas. It has a wide selection of reasonably priced small plates designed for sharing including the huevos Bulla (a fried egg served over crispy potato chips with Serrano ham and potato foam).
El Rey del Chivito
El Rey del Chivito is a Uruguayan restaurant offering some huge portions of great value food. Choices include the sharing mixed grill (parrillada) as well as the house speciality, the chivito sandwich. This huge sandwich includes everything you could wish for and even comes with fries.
Joe’s Stone Crab
Located on Miami Beach since 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab is famous for just that. The cheapest way to try stone crabs is to order the small sized crab claws. However, as well as seafood, Joe’s is also famous for its fried chicken which is very reasonably priced.
If you are looking for great tasting Caribbean food, then head to B&M Market. While not located in the best area it is the best place in Miami to get an authentic taste of the Caribbean, including curried goat served with rice and peas.
The River Seafood & Oyster Bar
The cheapest time to visit this great Oyster Bar is during the afternoon ‘happy hour’ when you can sample different types of oysters, all for half price. The bar also offers great deals on wine and beer to accompany your oysters. It’s a great spot to take the whole family and relax a little, though if you’re at all concerned about the costs of eating out with the whole family on holiday you can try and balance this out by comparing your flights to Florida online.
Sakaya Kitchen is a great example of Miami’s Asian fusion food, however the fact that it is served in the style of a fast food restaurant mean prices remain low. Despite this, the in-house prepared food is made with local, organic ingredients and retains the bold flavours you expect from Asian cuisine.
El Mago de las Fritas
Open since 1984, this Cuban restaurant is famous for the frita, a Cuban hamburger flavoured with paprika. At El Mago de las Fritas you can buy a ‘basic’ hamburger to which you can add extras such as egg and cheese and it is all served with chopped onions and crispy shoestring potato fries.
Dairy Belle in Dania Beach
If you fancy a taste of Canada rather than South America or Asia, then try the Dairy Belle, located just outside of Miami. This roadside cafe with picnic tables serves authentic Canadian dishes such as poutine as well as milkshakes and ice creams.
Su Shin Izakaya
Opened in Miami in 1992, Su Shin Izakaya serves reasonably priced small plates of Japanese food to accompany whatever you might be drinking. Food includes ramen and sushi rolls as well as daily specials.
Hopefully this has whetted your appetite for food in Miami and will encourage you to venture off the beaten track where you can find some hidden and reasonably priced gems.