When the clock strikes noon in downtown Miami, only one thing should come to mind: lunch. If you want a meal that’s both cheap and delicious, refuel from a hard day at the beach at one of the spots listed below—you’re guaranteed a good lunch for just $10 or less.
First there was the ramen burger, then there was the sushi burrito. At Burrito San, you can try the latter in a variety of forms. During your lunch break, saunter over to this laid back café, which sits right across the street from the Miami Tower, and try the Saucy Tofu. Priced at just $9.50, it’s stuffed with ginger-braised tofu, avocado, crunchy wonton crisps, shredded carrots, organic field greens and black bean sauce.
Just down the street from the Alfred I. Dupont building, this hole-in-the-wall Indonesian eatery is one of Downtown Miami’s hidden gems. And considering you can get a six-course menu for just $17, you better believe it’s affordable. For a taste of Indonesia, try the Opor Ayam, which translates to “chicken stewed in yellow spices and coconut milk,” for $9.50. Another signature dish, the Bakmi Ayam Jakarta—egg noodle, mushroom, spinach, quail egg, chicken and a side of fish and meatballs in beef broth—is just $7.95.
At this newspaper-inspired cafe, you’ll find every kind of sandwich you can imagine. Sitting right on Biscayne Boulevard, it has a huge menu of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, melts and salads for as low as $7.99. For a cold sandwich, go for the $9.29 Miami Today Prime Time, a baguette topped with roast beef, crispy onion strings, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and horseradish mayo. If you want something hot, try an artisan melt, like the $7.99 Freelancer sandwich. It tops grilled multigrain bread with melted cheddar, Granny Smith apples, caramelized onions, arugula and Dijon mustard.
Just steps from the Miami Tower, this sanguchería, or Peruvian sandwich shack, serves some of the best chicharrón, butifarra, lomito planchado and lomo saltado sandwiches in town. For a real treat, get the namesake Station 28 Burger with cabbage, tomato, fried egg and the Station 28 “special ají amarillo sauce” for just $8.99.
If you want mouthwatering BBQ that’s as cheap and delicious as it is simple, Sparky’s is where you want to go. When you do, get the hearty pulled pork sandwich on a grilled roll with fries and coleslaw! For just $9.95 per plate, you’re pretty much guaranteed a happy food coma.
As the name implies, this fast-casual spot is all about pizza. Get a fried pepperoni and mozzarella pizza pocket for $6.90, or get Combo #1—two pizza squares, a Caesar salad and a soda—for just $9.49.
Just outside Downtown Miami, near the brand new Brickell City Centre, La Sandwicherie is a French-inspired, Miami-born sandwich shop with mile-high sandwiches diners can’t get enough of. Choose from a French baguette, wheat bread or a croissant, then choose from nine different toppings, and stuff it with everything from cheese to turkey and salami for no more than $8.70.
This Mediterranean restaurant was inspired by owner Dimitris Harvalis’ childhood summers on the Greek Islands. Perfect for lunch, get the orzo salad with feta, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, red peppers and evoo for just $9.50; the buffalo cauliflower florets for $9; or if you’re in a hurry, the banana goddess smoothie with Greek yogurt, honey, banana, vanilla and ginger for $6.95.
Located in the heart of downtown Miami, CVI.CHE 105 is a hip, South Beach-style eatery with more than 15 styles of spicy ceviche and tiradito. As you would expect, there are plenty of ceviches for around $13–$15 each, but platters of Peruvian specialties, like arroz con pollo and ají de gallina, are available for as low as $9.95.
Miami has a low-key Irish pub overlooking Biscayne Bay, on the Downtown Miami side of the Venetian Causeway; and while it doesn’t look like much on the outside, it’s so popular among locals that it was even named one of America’s Best Sports Bars. Going during your lunch break? Make it a greasy one with the $9.45 half-pound cheeseburger and fries, the $8.45 BLT, or the $9.95 fried clam platter with French fries.