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Best Miami Cheap Eats


As the world economy slows down, we may want to tighten our belts, but we still need to fill our stomachs. Splurging at top-rated restaurants is fun for special events, but where can you go for a good quality meal that won't break the bank? Gather the change out of your piggy bank and sofa cushions and take it to one of our selections for the best cheap eats in Miami.

100 Montaditos Sandwiches
Quick Bite
Shops at Midtown Miami
3252 NE 1st Ave., Ste. 104
Miami, FL 33137
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Trendy Spanish chain serving mini sandwiches (plus beer, wine and other light bites) at budget prices. More...

Big Pink American
11/20
157 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Updated retro diner fare with a full bar from the Myles Restaurant Group. More...

Blue Collar American
14/20
Biscayne Inn
6730 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33138
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Imaginative American comfort food dishes kicked up a notch and served at user-friendly prices. More...

Blue Marlin Fish House Seafood
Quick Bite
2500 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
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Located in Oleta River State Park, this outdoor fish house offers homey food and a time trip to Old Miami. More...

Buena Vista Bistro French
13/20
Dining Room at Buena Vista Bistro, Miami, FL 4582 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
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A friendly French-style bistro-wine bar that attracts locals in the Buena Vista neighborhood. More...

Camille’s American Regional
13/20
Dining Room at Camille’s, Key West, FL 1202 Simonton St.
Key West, FL 33040
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Colorful and creative, Camille’s has tons of quirky personality, and knows how to feed the masses. More...

Captain Jim's Seafood Market & Restaurant Seafood
12/20
12950 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami, FL 33161
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Beyond casual ambience for crab salad and crab cakes at value prices, plus entrées like grilled salmon over spinach. More...

Cote Gourmet French
12/20
Shoreview Building
9999 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, FL 33138
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Both the prices and the proprietor are neighborhood-friendly at this simple, authentically French café. More...

Crazy About You Eclectic
11/20
The Mark Condo
1155 Brickell Bay Dr., Ste. 101
Miami, FL 33131
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This trendy restaurant in Miami's most upscale business district offers good value and bay views. More...

El Palacio de los Jugos Cuban
Quick Bite
14300 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33184

More like an outdoor village street market than a restaurant, this starvation-budget "palace" serves authentic Cuban home cooking. More...

El Palacio de los Jugos Cuban
Quick Bite
7085 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33155

More like an outdoor village street market than a restaurant, this starvation-budget "palace" serves authentic Cuban home cooking. More...

Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market Seafood
12/20
398 NW N. River Dr.
Miami, FL 33130
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Sit on the dock next to the Miami River and chow down a freshly grilled mahi sandwich. More...

Islas Canarias Cuban
12/20
285 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33125
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A standard-bearer among Cuban restaurants, Islas offers tasty, traditional fare. More...

Joey's Italian
13/20
2506 NW Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
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In an edgy emerging arts district, authentic Italian food at prices even starving artists can afford. More...

The Pit Barbecue
12/20
16400 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33194
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Set on the edge of the Everglades, it’s a hangout for barbecued hogs and cool Harleys. More...

S & S Diner American
12/20
1757 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
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Good home-style cooking and generous daily specials. More...

Sakaya Kitchen Asian
13/20
The Shops at Midtown
3401 N. Miami Ave., Ste. 125
Miami, FL 33127
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In a shopping complex, a locals' "best kept secret" serves creative Korean/Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese fusion fare that's eco-conscious, too. More...

Yakko-San Japanese
14/20
3881 NE 163 St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
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Small plates of authentic Japanese home-cooking favorites (both cold and raw and cooked dishes) have long been the specialty; and there’s sushi, too. More...


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