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White tablecloths, extravagant wine lists, Michelin stars… There’s a time and a place for a fancy-schmancy meal, but nothing’s more satisfying than an amazing meal that barely makes a dent in your bank account. Here, nine of our favorite budget bites.

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Anything at La Centrale

A slice of $4 Margherita pizza? Check. A glass of merlot for $5 during happy hour? You got it. Build-your-own salad for $9.50? Done. Yep, La Centrale makes dining on a budget a little too easy.

601 S. Miami Ave.; 305-720-2401 or

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There’s more than just pricey seafood at Joe’s. Skip the restaurant’s long line and get a takeout basket of black-pepper-spiced fried chicken. (The house key lime pie doesn’t quite clock in under $10, but it’s worth the splurge.)

11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0365 or

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Pizza Tropical at Gramps ($3)

We may not be in Brooklyn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get quality New York–style pizza. At this pizza kiosk on the patio of Wynwood hangout Gramps, there’s no shortage of cheap and classic thin-crust slices. 

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

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For less than the price of a fancy latte, you get a ridiculously cheap, plant-based vegan carne asada made with Impossible, the vegan plant-based protein. It’s too good to pass up.

1220 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-704-2145 or

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Meat at Graziano’s Brickell ($10)

No need to shell out serious cash for high-quality meat. Argentine restaurant Graziano’s in Brickell serves platters of grilled sausage and homemade meatballs with ricotta and marinara sauce for $10 each.

177 SW Seventh St.; 305-860-1426 or

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We know, a cookie doesn’t count as an actual meal. But this isn’t just any old treat. It’s a flavorful explosion of guava, Maria cookies (crunchy tea biscuits), white chocolate chips and a cream cheese frosting—and when we say it’ll keep you full for hours, we mean it.

10534 SW Eighth St.; 786-360-5011 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 amarillorocoto or tradicional (a mix of lime juice and avocado). It’s the biggest, tastiest (and most affordable) bowl of fresh fish you’ll ever eat.

Multiple locations;

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Chug Burger at Ariete ($10)

Miami abounds with excellent burgers, but there’s nothing quite like this double cheeseburger ($10 during happy hour), smothered in Ariete’s secret sauce on a toasted bun. Pro tip: Load up on napkins. This one gets pretty messy. 

3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862 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, avocado and lots of veggies.

229 14th St.; 305-532-8934 or

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