I am all for trying to save a few bucks here and there. South Beach offers some of the best restaurants I have ever been to, but in order to taste a majority of them it will cost you. While I consider myself a true foodie who does not mind spending a pretty penny on a delicious meal, I also realize that it’s still possible to eat well for a more affordable price. Here I will share with you a few of my favorite restaurants where it is possible for two people to fill up for $25 or less (this may not include drinks, tax, delivery and gratuity).
Jimmy’z Kitchen got its start in SoBe, but now also has a location in Wynwood. The menus are similar, serving sandwiches, paninis, salads and hot entrees. Some of the entrees are a bit on the pricier side ($16.50 for a grilled churrasco and chimichurri), but there are many cheaper options that make a meal for two still affordable.
My favorite items off the Jimmy’z Kitchen menu are the Country Beef Stew ($9.99, pictured below), Fajita Salad ($9.50 with chicken, $10.50 with steak), and the Bistro Turkey Panini ($7.99).
Jimmy’z Kitchen is located at 2700 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL; (305) 573-1505 and 1542 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139; (305) 534-8216
Go-Go leaves South Beachers no excuse not to eat healthy, no matter what their budget is. For less than $25, two people can eat fresh food that won’t leave them feeling guilty.
Go-Go offers big salads that can serve as a meal (ranging from $7.20 to $10.40), and they also have their “mini” salads ($4.90 to $6.70), which leaves more room to try other stuff on their menu.
If you’re eating at Go-Go, I recommend trying a few of their 18 different little empanadas, called “pies,” which are filled with anything from tomato, basil and mozzarella to philly cheesesteak to guava and cream cheese (the dessert “pies” are incredible). The “pies” are baked to order, so they always come out hot, fresh and delicious. My personal favorites are the shrimp scampi, classic argentine, spicy Thai peanut chicken and the one with warm Nutella and banana oozing out.
At $2.50 a piece, the pies alone could be a meal (I could eat about 4 and be full) or they can be mixed with a soup, veggie burger or salad. The soups ($2.75/cup or $5.25/bowl) are homemade daily in small batches and are never made with wheat gluten, sugar, msg or dairy. They are often vegetarian or vegan as well.
Go-Go is located at 926 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL, 33139; (305) 673-3137
If you’re not in the mood to eat healthy, but you don’t want to stoop as low as fast food, there’s Los Perros. Open until 6 a.m. on weekends, it hits the spot after a long night of partying in South Beach. The menu is full of greasy Colombian goodness, from cheeseburgers to chorizo to salchipapas (French fries with hotdog medallions mixed in). My go-to order at Los Perros is the maicitos de pollo- shredded chicken mixed in with mozzarella cheese, corn, pineapple, a pink mayonnaise-based sauce and papitas (crushed up potato chips). For only about $6, it is heaven- and I swear the leftovers are the best the morning after a wild night.
Los Perros is located at 1427 Alton Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; (305) 673-9400 (there are also locations in Kendall, Sunny Isles and on West Flagler)