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Spending money might be Miamians’ favorite hobby, but that doesn’t make it any less jarring when your low-key gals’ dinner somehow turns into a $90 expense. (That second bottle of Pinot seemed like a good idea at the time.) Luckily, for every pricey meal, there are just as many excellent options that will barely register in your bank account. Here are 11 you can always count on.

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Tacos from Coyo Taco ($7 to $9)

It’s pretty hard to improve upon tacos, but the fusion-y ingredient combos (like pork, roasted pineapple and tangy onions) seal the deal. Pricing under $10 helps, too.

2300 NW Second Ave.; 305-573-8228 or

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Toston Burger at Pincho Factory ($8)

Miami abounds with excellent burgers, but the homegrown chain Pincho Factory manages to combine fast-food-style nostalgia with hefty, perfectly cooked patties on par with what you’d find elsewhere for twice the price. Let’s not forget that the Toston burger swaps a traditional bun for two crispy fried plantains. Mmm.

Various locations;

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Falafel Pita at Etzel Itzik ($7)

No matter how much time passes, we keep coming back to this North Miami staple for our falafel fix. The perfect alchemy of spices, crispiness and unlimited toppings never fails to deliver.

18757 W. Dixie Hwy.; 305-937-1546 or

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BARBECUE Pulled Pork Melt at Ms. Cheezious ($9)

We’re pretty sure a sandwich of this magnitude defies physics, but we’re not about to waste time trying to figure it out while our shredded pork and sharp cheddar on Texas toast awaits. And since it’s impossible to finish in one sitting, you just scored two meals for $9.         

7418 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-989-4019 or

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Mentai Bowl at Baby Jane ($7)

Few things in life give us as much joy as a big, beautiful bowl of ramen. And Baby Jane’s addictively tasty version is totally worth the spicy-mayo splatters we inevitably incur while slurping like a maniac.

500 Brickell Ave. #105; 786-803-8004 or

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Sobe Club at La Sandwicherie ($10)

It’s hard to go wrong at this South Beach sandwich mecca, but after a morning of sun and waves, we find ourselves craving this summery combo of turkey, Brie and avocado.

229 14th St., 305-532-8934;

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Pizza Tropical at Gramps ($3)

We may not be in Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have New York-style pizza. At Pizza Tropical, there is no shortage of cheap and classic thin-crust slices of pie. 

176 NW 24th St.; 855-732-8992 or

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Two scoops at Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream ($5)

Happiness is two velvety scoops of Nutella ice cream topped with an infinite amount of chocolate chips.

2001 Biscayne Blvd.; 786-717-7323 or

Everything Bagel with Chive Cream Cheese at Bagel Cove ($4)

You didn’t think we’d leave our favorite source of carbs off this list, did you? This Aventura staple is not only one of the city’s best bagel spots but its prices clock in at some of the lowest in town.

19003 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-935-4029 or

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Cubano at Versailles ($7)

Sweet ham, roast pork, and Swiss cheese smeared with mustard on toasted Cuban bread. Need we say more?

3555 SW Eighth St.; 305-444-0240 or

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Ceviche bowl at My Ceviche ($10)

Choose from a selection of fresh fish, then add coconut jasmine rice or cilantro quinoa and a handful of sauces like aji amarillo, rocoto or tradicional (a mix of lime juice and avocado). It’s the biggest, tastiest bowl of fresh fish you’ll ever eat, we promise.

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