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Miami Beach is full of views that’ll make your jaw drop, from cotton candy sunrises to perfect beach bodies to–unfortunately–sticker shock at many restaurants. For the first day or two of your visit, you’ll be happy to subsist on Cuban bread, cafecitos and sunshine. But when you’re ready for a real meal, check out these Miami Beach eateries that’ll fill you up and still leave you with enough cash for a top-shelf mojito.

1) Huahua’s Tacqueria: There’s no shortage of Latin food in South Florida, but this self-described “fast casual gourmet taco shop” juxtaposes classic Mexican fare with gringo staples. Think mac ‘n queso, portobello tacos with spicy tofu crema, fried chicken tacos with jalapeno cornbread, and taco salad on a bed of romaine, cabbage and kale. Most items are under $10; there’s also a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $1 off nachos, $3 beers and $4 margaritas. Bonus: Huahua’s is located along Miami Beach’s swanky Lincoln Road shopping district, where the people-watching is as delicious as the food.


2) Spris Pizza: At this thin-crust pizzeria — also on Lincoln Road — the early bird catches the deal. Every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the price you pay is based on the time that you order. Place your order at 5:15 p.m., and you’ll pay $5.15. Order at 6:15 p.m., and you’ll pay $6.15. You get the idea. Choose between three popular pies. Spris makes pizza in only one size; it’s enough to fill up one or two people, depending on how hungry you are.

3) La Sandwicherie: Body-conscious beachgoers don’t always eat carbs… but when they do, they nosh on fresh ingredients sandwiched between a baguette or croissant at this French-owned cafe. With most menu items under $10, this eatery’s sandwiches include dignified ingredients like smoked salmon and Brie — natch. There’s also a nice selection of salads, a juice bar with enticingly named concoctions like Miami Cool and Bayside Breeze, and desserts that feature that most continental of delicacies: Nutella.

4) Go-Go Fresh: Cheap food doesn’t have to mean prepackaged. From house-made vegan soups to veggie burgers with made-from-scratch ketchup, this place’ll have you eating and feeling like South Beach’s beautiful people. Try the baked-to-order empanadas, with fillings like beef and chimichurri or guava and cream cheese. Each costs just $2.75, and two should fill you up.

5) Doraku Sushi: Overpriced Japanese food? Slow your roll. Every day, this popular sushi spot offers two happy hours with discounts on food, drinks and desserts. Snag lunch deals from noon to 3 p.m., and separate dinner specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Among the offerings are $5 draft beers and $6 spicy tuna rolls.

6) Joe’s Take Away: Locals, celebs and tourists flock to Joe’s Stone Crab for a sit-down seafood dinner. But the restaurant’s adjacent carry-out counter serves a fried chicken that’s definitely not an afterthought. For $6.95, take home a flavorful half bird that’s crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and large enough to feed a family. A la carte side dishes are available to round out your meal.


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