Best Miami Dishes for $5 or Less

With what is being labeled the Great Recession ripping Miami in full force, many people are losing their homes and jobs. The prices of local goods, especially prepared food, are not a reflection of Miami residents' struggling economic status. It's nice to know that even in a depressed economic state, there are places where you can enjoy a delicious meal at an affordable price. If the recession is hitting home, here are some places where you can enjoy a scrumptious selection for $5 or less.

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5. Burgers & Shakes
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.

4. David's Café
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.

Location Info

Burgers and Shakes

7401 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

David's Cafe - CLOSED

1058 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Pizza Rustica South Beach

863 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

New York Bagel Deli

155 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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La Granja is amazing and I love their chicken. You can't get their level of quality anywhere else, especially for their prices. They really take pride in how they prepare their food. I'm pretty excited that they are opening one up in downtown Miami because now I can kiss Pollo Tropical's ass goodbye!!

New York Bagel Deli is yummy, but I wish their service could compare to how good their food is. I only put up with their staff because I enjoy their sandwiches. Their management should teach them something about customer service and communication. They do need to make sure that they wash their lettuce properly because sometimes it can be a little gritty.  


Mini burgers were great, but could use a softer roll(hello! Hawaiian bread). The shake was the best though.

To the owner, get rid of the daytime chef. If I wanted Miami cholo attitude, I'd move back to South miami.

Cesar Barroso
Cesar Barroso

I really like those tips on economic meals. I would like to try the chicken with rice and black beans. 

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