It’s time for a meal out, but you don’t want to spend a lot. I know, I’ve been there! Dining out can be very expensive, especially in a popular and trendy area like South Beach. Fortunately, there is a middle-ground between the fast-food joints and the over-priced eateries. Each of these South Beach restaurants offers not only excellent food, but very reasonable prices. Here are our Top Picks, listed in alphabetical order.
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A classic American diner enjoyed by everyone from families to late-night club-goers. Food comes in huge portions at budget prices, and you can choose from the breakfast menu at any time.
- Cuisine: American
- Address: 157 Collins Avenue
- Phone: 305-532-4700
In the mood for a burger? You can get a great one here at 12 Noon, 12 Midnight, or even 3 AM! They also have chicken sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, milkshakes, and more.
- Cuisine: American
- Address: 1505 Washington Avenue
- Phone: 305-531-7300
This excellent French Deli serves fresh and tasty salads, sandwiches, and juices, for very low prices. It is open until 5 am, and is a very popular spot for club-goers.
- Cuisine: Deli, French
- Address: 229 14th Street
- Phone: 305-532-8934
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Flavorful Tex-Mex meals are served up quick and cheap at this popular spot. You stand in line to order, and then sit at a table to enjoy a freshly-made steak, chicken, or fish taco or fajita. They have several locations in Miami.
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Address: 1439 Alton Road
- Phone: 305-532-LIME
A Roman-style pizzeria serving huge slices at three different South Beach locations. Choose from a wide range of classic pizzas or more gourmet creations.
- Cuisine: Pizza
- Address: Several locations in South Beach
This landmark restaurant serves traditional Cuban fare in no-nonsense style. There are lots of little old men there – from the servers to the patrons – but they also get their share of families during the day, and clubbers late into the night.
- Cuisine: Cuban
- Address: 700 Collins Avenue
- Phone: 305-673-1115
Photo courtesy Archie's Pizza
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