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Cheap Cuban in Miami

MichaelG Dec 31, 2006 04:00 PM

Coming to Miami pretty soon, and would love to hear any and all recommendations for cheap food - street food, sandwiches, cafe con leche, etc. Doesn't have to be that cheap. It's just that I almost always prefer mom and pop, hole in the wall, authentico places to fine dining every time. Thanks in advance!!!

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    tpigeon Dec 31, 2006 05:46 PM

    In Sobe:
    El Chalan
    Puerto Sagua
    David's (original on collins)
    Corner of 6th and Euclid there is a corner store with good food and Awesome fruit juices - best fruit juices I ever had.
    Le Sandwicherie - I think it is overrated but it is good
    There is a Kebab place right next to the shore club which is good.
    POZ has good sandwiches
    Pasha's aint bad either
    A la Folie
    Pizza Rustica - washington & 9th
    Dogma - haven't been in a while ...The one on biscayne is better though...
    I would say cheesburger baby but I never had one sober so I can't say how good they are :).

    Others you might enjoy.
    Joe Allens
    Sardinia - late lunch (weekdays only)-- dinner gets packed and trendy...
    Front Porch - Breakfast
    Cafeteria - breakfast & desserts only!!! - they make very good eggs, mac and cheese can be very good but sometimes it is just good - very inconsistent. Rest of food is very hit or miss. Never go late night...
    Macaluso's lunch place - get a meatball parm hero or get an order of meatballs and garlic bread and put meatballs on garlic bread. Awesome ricotta cheesecake too (but expensive $10 bucks for a slice of cake) - meatball parm is $11 bucks and is a nice portion - expensive but not outrageous.

    Not in sobe (others will have much more...)-
    Las Vacas Gordas - 71st st

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      kimocorb Dec 31, 2006 08:51 PM

      There are great places in Miami that can be fairly inexpensive if you eat there at lunch.


      Captain's Tavern and get the Thai Squid Salad. Fried Calamari over tomatos, cucumbers and red onions with a hot sweet and sour dressing.

      For Cuban food I like Blue Sky Cafeteria. You can buy dinners or food by the pound.

      For Sushi I like Kyojin Japanese Seafood Buffet the selection is incredible. If you go at night there is a larger selection of seafood sushi, but lunch is very good.

      A great mom and pop place for a variety of asian food is Asian Fusion. Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese. It is not fancy, but the food is good.

      1. zorba Dec 31, 2006 09:42 PM

        Try Havanna Harry's for tasty and well-priced Cuban food in ritzy Coral Gables, near South Dixie Highway. The Globe, relatively close by, is a good jazz bar with a decent and inexpensive menu. Max's Grill, also in the area, also has good tapas and wont break the budget.

        Dogma does have the best fries, dogs, and lemonade in Miami; I've only been to the one on Biscayne Blvd, though the one on the Beach opens till late.

        Xixon, on Coral Way, is a popular tapas bar. The new setting will allow you the space to sit down and have a meal.

        And if Ethiopian is your thing, try the tres chic Sheba's in the Miami Design District.

        Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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          tpigeon Dec 31, 2006 10:33 PM

          Sheba is pretty expensive though, but I like it.

          I forgot Tapas and Tintos in Sobe. Solid food. On the same front, Solero on the other side of the bay is also a strong choice.

          I have never been to Hy-Vong but have been dying to try it out. You might want to do more research on that one. I am pretty sure this is the kind of place you are looking for.

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          MichaelG Dec 31, 2006 11:30 PM

          You guys are awesome! Great info. Yeah, I'm particularly looking for "only in Miami" ideas. Hate chains and love local flavor. Thanks everyone!

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            surferbettygal Jan 1, 2007 12:34 AM

            Front Porch was great - terrible service but decent breakfast!

            Perhaps it's a tourist trap but we've always loved Versaille for cuban food. I've had cuban food here and there in my travels and I think Versaille's in Miami is the best. Like I said, perhaps it's a tourist trap but I like it.

            Take a stroll around Calle Ocho for some good cuban food!

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            1. re: surferbettygal
              Covert Ops Jan 2, 2007 04:47 PM

              I would not call Versailles a tourist trap, it's always full of locals. (And most tourists I know wouldn't venture into Little Havana, though Versailles isn't in a bad area.) I highly recommend it. Very reasonable prices, or just go to the counter if you want coffee and pastries and to watch old men play dominoes. Open very early to very late.

              Remember, if you don't habla espanol, when the hostess greets you, make sure you say "hello." I tried to be nice and said "hola," but then I ended up with the spanish menu! (It's OK, I know how to say arroz con pollo in Spanish. . . :-P)

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                crach Jan 3, 2007 05:28 PM

                Versailles has a lot of tourists but is definitely not a tourist trap. Sergio's with a few locations around town is also authentic, casual, cheap, and tasty. They usually have English speakers and the standard menu is bi-lingual. On Coral Way near Coral Gables, the vibe is nice. Also, their Cuban coffee is always great, unlike the imposters on the beach -- David's and the joint accross from the Delano. The Latin American on Biscayne is also authentic with a decent patio and legitimate, everyday Cuban cuisine. Otherwise, you can stop at any little joint to eat with an open window.

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              Steve Jan 1, 2007 09:21 AM

              L'Esquina de Tejas has great ham croquettes for soooo cheap. Along with black beans, rice, and plantains, the quintessential Cuban meal. Don't forget to try a mamey shake!

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              1. re: Steve
                netmover Jan 1, 2007 04:29 PM

                Esquina is long gone...try Luis Galindo's Latina American on 57th Ave just south of Calle 8. Good and Cheap!

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                tpigeon Jan 3, 2007 12:03 AM

                Forgot about Tap Tap - go with chicken or fish for mains. Best mojitos on the planet btw...In SOBE.

                Also get the tuna salad sandwich at epicure and eat it in the little cafe they have.

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                  crach Jan 3, 2007 05:29 PM

                  Oh, I forgot. Sabores Chilenos near FIU is tasty. Ankarr on Kendall is great, and the International Bakery for Venezuelan in South Miami is good. There are really too many to mention. Miami mom and pop spots are everywhere!

                  1. netmover Jan 3, 2007 11:18 PM

                    Enriqueta's for lunch and breakfast. 2nd ave and NE 29th st MIA. Just north of downtown in Wynwood. Good and Cheap.

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                      john.janusz Jan 8, 2007 06:18 PM

                      That is a fantastic list of low-cost Miami eateries. All great places. The mediterranean place next to Shore Club is the Sultan. Excellent late night b/c you can eat outside and watch some of the a--holes trying to get into Rokbar & Mynt.
                      Cheesebuger Baby serves a greasy good burger but the clientele is a bit shady. One time I walked in there and there wasn't even a soul, including employees. I sat there for 20 minutes. Probably a result of the Miami version of a Strike, or Huelga.
                      Best deal in Sobe is the EarlyBird at Le Bon & Tiramesu. Check it out, get there before 7pm. Le Bon is Belgian-mussels, beer, & fries.

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                        crach Jan 8, 2007 06:39 PM

                        On the beach, the Sandwicherie is a great simple place, Dogma does a good job, the Charlotte Bakery gives one a taste of things like tequenos and empanadas which are much better than the soggy greasy crap at David's and the joint across from the Delano which can't even make a decent Cuban coffee. A La Folie is lovely on Espanola and the ice cream, rather especially the sorbets, at the Frieze are terrific.

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