Best Miami Dishes for $5 or Less
Miniburger and shake, $5
Opened less than a year ago at the former Rocky's Burgers, Burgers & Shakes has already become one of North Beach's most popular eateries. Ground beef, chicken, and fresh mahi-mahi burgers regularly range from around $6 to more than $10 on this simple menu, but lunchtime brings a miniburger-and-shake deal for $5. If you're in the mood to try new things, sample the veggie burger, which is made with a portobello mushroom and features a selection of toppings such as olive oil, arugula, avocado, and capers.
Empanada and tiradito meal, $4.45
The story of David's Café began on tiny Normandy Isle in 1976 when Cuban refugee Alfredo Gonzalez opened Three Boys Luncheonette. Success spurred Gonzalez to turn an old Jewish deli into the first David's Café in 1977. Now it has become the longest-standing establishment on this list. Part of this success can be attributed to the authentic family recipes, such as the delicious and bargain-priced tiraditos ($1.25) and empanadas ($1.05), which come in beef, chicken, pork, spinach, and other varieties. The menu is similar to a traditional diner menu, but the bargains don't stop there. Lunch specials start at $6.95, and a regular half chicken is a hefty $12.75, or nearly twice as much as what our No. 1 charges.