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Guide to Eating on a Budget in Miami

A few things in life are as certain as death, taxes, and cheap but delicious food in Miami. Whether you’re on a Little Havana Tour, or downtown for other tourist activities, finding scrumptious local delicacies is as easy as breathing. Miami is a popular tourist hub because of the beaches and budget-friendly food scene. The city is home to some of the most incredible high-end restaurants and fine dining experiences for sure, but it’s also a hub of soul food, seafood, and all sorts of traditional cuisine such as Cuban food. If you are eating on a budget without compromising on quality or taste, you’ll be spoiled for choices, because Miami’s got something for everyone. 

Check out these budget-friendly options and ideas for some of the best food in Miami:

Don’t Miss the Festival Foods

Check out Miami’s amazing food festivals, such as the Little Havana Cultural Walking and Food Tour, or Taste of the Yard, where you’ll have the most diverse range of foods at heavily discounted rates, and what could be better than eating on a budget when you’re a tourist? 

El Mago de las Fritas

Nothing beats the fried Cuban burgers that are served at El Mago de las Fritas. This place serves the best Latin, Caribbean, and Cuban meals at unbeatable prices. If you’re looking for cheap fast-food options or Caribbean-style tropical drinks to freshen you up on a hot summer day, head over for a meal that will satisfy your soul.

NIU Kitchen 

If looks could kill, NIU Kitchen would have murdered all of us by now. The sleek, modern interiors and gorgeous accents are a sight for sore eyes—but don’t get sold on just its looks alone. This beautiful restaurant is one of the most affordable food spots in town.

Based in Downtown Miami, this Catalan restaurant offers the best cold tomato soup and the chef’s special arròs de cargols—a delicacy made from rabbit confit, rice, and escargot. It’s the perfect place for a romantic date night or a special celebration! You get an exclusive private dining experience that doesn’t break the bank.

Boia De 

Nothing beats drinking out of a clay mug. This restaurant subverts all the generic trends including boring cutlery and dinnerware with a fresh change of pace. At the very Italian Boia De, the interiors are decorated with gorgeous accents that echo elements of the vibrant culture. But what tops it all, are the delicious, wholesome meals.

The stracciatella and caviar served in seasoned potato skins and beef tartare are one of the best-selling items on the menu. But if you’re in the mood for something else, the tortellini in brood, white truffle tagliatelle, and king crab tagliolini pastas may be the ideal meal for you. 

Feel free to explore the menus at each of these places. For more news and updates regarding things to do in Miami on vacation, subscribe to Calle Ocho News! We’ve got splendid itineraries for Little Havana tours and tips on the best hotels and restaurants in Miami Beach. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out on what’s hot in Miami this summer!

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