Let’s face it; South Beach isn’t necessarily known for its affordable prices and cheap eating. On the contrary, it can be a bit infuriating to see that most menus are overpriced and even have the audacity of including gratuity based on location alone. While this may be the case, there are a few spots that locals frequent where even a couple could end up with a full belly and full pockets. Here in Miami, there is no need to sacrifice quality for a lesser price if you know where to look, and we’re here to help you.
Starting Cash: $50
Begin your day at Charlotte Bakery, where a display case filled with empanadas (filled turnovers) and tequenos (fried cheese sticks wrapped in pastry) begin to make your mouth water. Charlotte also serves standard breakfast like eggs, toast, and bacon, but if you’re in Miami you might as well sample some typical Latin breakfast items. No bakery item surpasses the $4.00 mark, so a couple could easily walk out of this local hotspot without having spent more than a Hamilton. For a couple, we recommend that you make your way through empanadas from different countries in order to get an idea of how diverse one simple food item can actually be.
Where to find it: Charlotte Bakery. 1497 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 535-1522
Remaining Cash: $35-$40
For lunch, you’d be making a wise decision in heading to La Sandwicherie. This French Sandwich stand is open over 20 hours a day and makes some of the best sandwiches in the whole city. Most of the items are imported, and people swear by the Vinaigrette that the shop offers. So much so, that it is actually bottled and sold for consumption. You know someone is truly from South Beach if they have a bottle of La Sandwicherie’s Vinaigrette in their pantry. For the affordable price of $10 (or less depending on the variation you choose), you will get a crusty baguette stuffed with fresh imported meats, cheeses, and the freshest vegetables you have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The vinaigrette used to top each sandwich is the stuff that the Green Goddess wishes she could make. One sandwich is more than enough for two people, especially if you want to leave room for dinner.
Where to find it: La Sanwicherie. 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 532-8934
Remaining Cash: $25-$30
There is no better place to grab dinner than Tongue and Cheek, but just make sure you go between 5 and 8. This chic and upscale hotspot is warm and inviting, making you feel like family as you step through the doors. Although it may seem like a bad idea to spend more than half of your allotted budget in one meal, it is worth the splurge. Considered one of Miami’s premier dining destinations, this restaurant hosts happy hour every day (yes, even weekends) in this three-hour span. Get whatever seems good to you, because every dish is $8 and is a bargain. Everything I have sampled is rave-worthy since Chef Jamie channels influence from his extended travels to create a menu as diverse as Miami’s culture.
Where to find it: Tongue and Cheek. 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139. (305) 704-2900