Like Vitamin C sang on 1999′s “Graduation (Friends Forever),” as we go on, we remember. Although it’s not high school we’re reminiscing about this time - it’s all the stuff we ate this month. And while there were many dishes that captured our hearts over the last 30 days, but we’re focusing on the stuff we got for less than $10. Like delicious baleadas, ice cream, and the best thing you can eat in Miami for $1.
Baleada Con Pollo, $4.50
Adelita’s Cafe is a great and incredibly affordable Honduran restaurant in Little Haiti. This place is now firmly within our takeout rotation, because everything we tried here has been just wonderful. The pupusa de chicharron y quesillo was excellent, and so were the chicken taquitos. But our favorite thing we tried was the baleada con pollo: chicken, refried beans, and sour cream folded inside a thick flour tortilla. It’s a meal all on its own, and it won’t cost you more than $5.
Beef patty, $1
Little Haiti’s Piman Bouk Bakery almost always has a line snaking out the door, and we now understand why. This place is known for their Haitian patties, which are flaky and more similar to a croissant than a Jamaican patty. They carry cod and beef patties, but sadly they were out of cod when we visited. However, it was not a sad day, because they were delicious, and quite possibly the best thing you can eat for $1 in Miami. We didn’t even have to heat them up because Piman Bouk keeps them warm and ready to eat all day.
Bacon Biscuit Crumble With Pickle Caramel, $8.25
We are suckers for weird ice cream flavors - anything with savory ingredients that would normally never be seen within ten-feet of an ice cream cone. So when we saw “bacon biscuit crumble with pickle caramel” on Salt & Straw’s menu, we knew what we were ordering. The result was as confusingly delicious as we hoped, and, yes, you can actually taste the pickles. If that sounds gross to you, you should still check out Salt & Straw. The popular scoop shop’s new Miami location is delicious, and has more “normal” flavors like pineapple coconut cream pie and a Salty Donut guava and cheese collaboration.
Plantain Chips, $5
Is there such a thing as a bad plantain chip? Probably not. But this massive new Wynwood brewery showed us this week that there is such a thing as a perfect plantain chip. Cerveceria’s are thicker than most, cupped (kind of like pepperonis on pizza), and go perfectly with the refreshing beers they serve here. We truly could not stop commenting on them, and we got some interesting looks when we spent five minutes trying to photograph one. If someone makes a petition for Cerveceria to sell these in grocery stores, we’ll sign it.
Mozzarella & Fish Cake Corndog, $5
Korean Kitchen is a tiny outdoor spot in North Miami, and, in addition to a whole bunch of great dishes, they serve the Korean version of a corndog, which is a beautiful golden brown stick of fried mozzarella with a fish cake center. If we didn’t already have way too much food on the table, we would have ordered two, because this thing was crunchy, cheesy, and a little sweet thanks to just the right amount of sugar dusted on the outside.