Miami’s 5 Best Budget Friendly Ethnic Restaurants
Sometimes you feel yourself craving something more than some American fare. You want something flavorful, maybe even spicy. You say, “Where can I go eat where that craving will be met and I won’t spend half my paycheck?” Well, below I have the solution for this dilemma…the best places in Miami to quell that craving:
1. Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
86 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137
According to one very enthusiastic Yelp reviewer, Carrie F., Enriqueta’s has some sort of healing power. I’m not sure how provable her claims are but what I can tell you is that the large plates, fast and friendly service, and great prices make this place one of my faves. Enriqueta’s opens everyday (except Sunday’s) at 6am. At that hour you can grab a delicious breakfast and sit down in the dining room or order from the exterior counter. They don’t open for dinner so make sure you get your fix either at breakfast or at lunch.
2. Seven Seas Restaurant & Fish Market
5205 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
According to Yelp reviewer, Noe C., Seven Seas uses love as their main ingredient. This small, humble, and family owned business is the perfect spot to tame your inner hungry pescatarian. They open Monday through Friday from 9am until 7pm and are known for their crab empanadas and seafood paella. The owner, Nicolas Paulino, worked for Chef Joe Allen’s for 16 years before opening his own restaurant in 2013.
3. Leela’s Restaurant
5650 NE 2nd Ave, Suite E, Miami, FL 33137
If you’re ready to get stuffed with home-cooked deliciousness, this small hidden gem in the heart of Little Haiti is the place for you. Try the Griot (fried pork chunks), legumes, or the stewed chicken. They are open everyday until 9pm and on Sundays until 6pm and are ready to greet you with a smile!
4. Farofa Taste of Brazil
11865 SW 26th St #1, Miami, FL 33175
This casual Brazilian steakhouse is conveniently located close to the Florida Turnpike in Kendall. The modern and clean aesthetic look of the restaurant welcomes you in where you can enjoy meat staples such as picanha, alcatra, and fraldinha. Diners can select from various sides such as rice, beans, yuca fries, or pineapple. The service is excellent and the food is even better!
5. Milly’s Restaurant
2742 SW 8th St #29, Miami, FL 33135
The first thing you notice once you enter this Miami mainstay, are the photos lining up the walls of their celebrity diners. The tropical music blasting over the speakers just adds to the ambiance. The main attraction of course, is the food. Their menu features typical Dominican fare such as sancocho, mofongo, tostones, longaniza, and habichuelas. Make sure to top off your meal with a morir sonando…a yummy mix of OJ and milk.