5 Smart Miami Eats For Those On A Budget

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Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Photo courtesy of: Miami New Times

Written by RandoMiami Contributor
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Being a recent graduate from a college town I’ve had a hard time finding good places to eat in Miami on a budget. Cooking at home is always an option, but it’s nice to go out and try new places. 

If you’re living in Miami on a tight budget like me, here are some ideas and places to check out.

Happy Hour… just about anywhere! I’ve learned that no matter where you go or what city you are in happy hours are your best friend when on a budget. Most restaurants have them, so if you’re interested in checking out a place that might be a tad out of your price range find out when they have happy hour and what specials they have every day. It may seem like too much work for a quick bite but your wallet will thank you later. 

Delis around Miami are also a go-to when you’re on a budget. There is one near me that I eat at often – Etzel Itzik Deli. It’s a wonderful hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but the atmosphere is cute and unique with photographs lining the walls from top to bottom. The food is fresh, delicious, and affordable. When you sit down they bring you hot pitas, and an array of little salad dishes all before you’ve even ordered your food! 

Pizza is an easy choice for those of us on budgets that want a quick and easy meal. However, there are two places specifically I prefer ordering from in Miami – Steve’s Pizza and Pizza Rustica on Lincoln Road.      

Steve’s Pizza never disappoints, and it’s open late, which is a plus for those times you’re craving a mid-night snack.  Steve’s notable XL pizza pie is only $15, but a slice or two is more than enough. With slices as large, if not larger, than your head it is definitely worth the $2.75 per slice. 

As for Pizza Rustica, I love their toppings. I order the BBQ chicken pizza most times I go and it’s consistently good. You can order a big square of pizza (“Huge Square” as they call it on their menu) anywhere from $3.50 – $6.25 depending on what you want on top. They also deliver which is extremely convenient. 
Sushi can be expensive around Miami, or anywhere for that matter. Surprisingly though, there are a couple places around town where you can great quality sushi without the crazy expense, my favorite being Asaka Japanese Restaurant.

Asaka is a small, dim-lit place in the back of a shopping plaza that serves fresh fish and always has specials. To be honest, the service varies depending on the day but the quality of their fish never changes. I’ve only ever had their sushi and fried rice, so I can only speak on that, but wow is it great. They are super accommodating with your order, which I find nice since I can be picky with what I want or don’t want in my rolls.  I usually get a miso soup, spicy tuna roll, and a few pieces of salmon for about $13. Every now and then I splurge on the fancier rolls, but if I’m trying to be conscious of how much I’m spending I stick to the basics at any sushi restaurant.  

Some addresses:     
Etzel Itzik:  18757 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33180
Steve’s Pizza: 12101 Biscayne Blvd North Miami, FL 
Pizza Rustica: Lincoln Road Mall, 667 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Asaka: Promenade Shops, 20355 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180