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Nov 2, 2009 08:40 AM

New Yorker looking for quintessential Miami area cheap eats

I'm going to be in Miami for a couple of days - are there any signature or must-have cheap eats that I should have while I'm there (under 20 dollars a person) both including restaurants and other food stands or carts or anything? Any location within the city, or nearby outside (I will have access to a car) is fine (I will probably be in the Fort Lauderdale area at least briefly visiting relatives).

Happy to be referred to any quintessential cheap eats threads Florida hounds may know that I may have missed as well. Thanks.

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  1. - pan con lechon or cuban sandwich at Enriquetas - 29th St. & 2nd Ave. - under $5
    - 1/2 fried chicken at Joe's Stone Crab (South Beach) - $5.95
    - tacos from Orale taco truck - NW 27th Ave., north of Dolphin Expressway - ~$2 each
    - oyako don at Hiro's Yakko San (North Miami Beach) - $6 (but there's much more you'll want to have there).
    - salmon teriyaki or beef curry stew at Japanese Market (79th St. Causeway) - $4.95
    - almost all of the menu at Red Light, but don't miss the New Orleans style BBQ shrimp (Biscayne Blvd. / 77th St.) - under $20.
    - garbanzos fritos or callos (tripe stew) at Copas y Tapas in Coral Gables - under $10.
    - parrillada at Las Vacas Gordas (Miami Beach, 71st St.) - $24, but really enough food for 2 to split.
    - chivito sandwich at El Rey de Chivito (Miami Beach, Collins Ave. near 71st St.) - $9 but coma-inducing.

    Here's a budget dining thread though it's nearly a year old ->
    And a search for "cheap Miami" sorted by relevance turns up some good threads ->

    How's that for a start?

    1. Atlakatl - Salvadorean Sopa de Caracol Fridays Miami
      El Rey de las Fritas - Cuban Frita aka Burger Miami
      Sonny's - Philly Steak Hoagies Hollywood
      La Sandwicherie - French Hoagies/Salads/Pate South Beach
      Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway - Grouper Sandwich/Daily Special South Beach
      Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza - Pie and Wings Gold Coast
      Verdaddy's - Fish Tacos Miami
      Lorenzo's - Itlalian Cafeteria North Miami
      Jaguar - Ceviche Nuevo Calamari/Shrimp Coconut Grove
      Buena Vista Bistro - French Braised Grouper

      Bon apettito!

      La Sandwicherie
      229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Joe's Stone Crab
      11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Buena Vista Bistro
      4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

      2 Replies
      1. re: netmover

        Fish tacos at Verdaddy's are terrible...nor would they even remotely qualify as "signature" or "must-have." Plus, why would a New Yorker go to Hollywood, Fla for a Philly Steak sandwich.

        1. re: drew5720

          I love posts like yours that bash other people's but bring nothing (zip-zero) to the table... Bravo 2 U drew. Maybe you can offer up something positive next go round?