It’s the age-old question, but doubly important in these tough economic times – where can you get a good meal at a good price? Never fear. We’ve done the legwork for you, scouring Broward County far and wide to find the best cheap eats out there. We’ve also tried to find you a variety of options, so you can dine on a budget for breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour.
Whether you have a hankering for spicy Jamaican food, want to make your gyro into a monster salad, feel like ordering Italian at 3 am or meet the locals on Sunrise Boulevard, you can do so without breaking your budget. We even found the best barbecue joint with a family special that will let your whole family – including aunts, uncles and cousins – chow down on the best ribs, beef, pork and soul food in town.
So, without further ado, here are our picks for the Top Cheap Eats of Broward County. Mangia, everyone…
Hot dogs are heaven on the cheap
People come from all over the state to sample the Chicago dogs at Hot Dog Heaven, which feature pure beef Vienna hot dogs hickory smoked and nestled in a poppy-seed bun and smothered in mustard, relish, tomatoes, pickle, peppers and a dash of celery salt. More like a stand than a full-scale restaurant, Hot Dog Heaven is only open for lunch. Since all hot dogs are priced under $5, business people, construction workers and politicians can be seen lining up on Sunrise Boulevard for a dog, crispy fries and a Coke.
Hot Dog Heaven 101 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale (954) 523-7100
The best Stromboli in the Broward county
When you visit Vito’s you have to try their all meat Stromboli! At $13.99 it’s a bargain when you taste the pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella cheese, all seasoned to perfection. Their lunch menu items served between 11-4 start at just $6.99 and include baked cheese ravioli, homemade meat lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and even baked ziti! Vito’s is open late, from 11am until 4am so you have ample time to satisfy your craving for gourmet pizza and Italian fare.
1489 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 463-4033
Create your own gyro salad
GyroVille is probably the only place that encourages you to create your own gyro into a really yummy salad with any of their toppings that you choose. If you’re not sure what to order you can ask for samples until you’re satisfied that you’re building the best meal you’ve ever had. Although it’s technically a fast food place, it sure doesn’t taste like it. GyroVille has affordable prices, great portion sizes and of course their signature hummus which is complimentary if you check in to Yelp while dining!
GyroVille 6341 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (954) 634-9767
Best barbeque on a budget
Consistently rated the best barbecue joint in Broward County, Tom Jenkins is a favorite take-out spot in Fort Lauderdale. The place has gained a national reputation for its barbecue sauce, which can be shipped anywhere. Those lucky enough to live nearby can quickly satisfy a craving for what many call the best ribs, collard greens, sweet potato pie and mac ‘n cheese in town. Open 5 days a week (from Tuesday through Saturday), enjoy enormous portions of regular pork spare rib with muffin and two sides or the Mississippi catfish with hush puppies for just $10.99. Bring the whole family and dive into the family sampler featuring spare ribs, chicken, beef, chopped pork and sides galore for $58.99 or go light and scarf up a chopped pork or Mississippi catfish sandwich for just $6.49.
Tom Jenkins 1236 S. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale (954) 522-5046
Best deal on Chicago pizza
If you like thick and greasy New York pizza, Villa Rose Pizza is not for you. But if you like your pizza Chicago-style – thin, square, crisp and more saucy than cheesy – head over to the heart of Hollywood for a treat. Be greeted by cool and casual waitresses in this no-frills neighborhood joint. Place an order for delivery if you feel like enjoying your pizza in your pajamas. Their menu boasts lunch specials starting at just $5.95 and a medium cheese pizza or gluten free alternative are just under $12. You can’t get better Chicago pizza anywhere in town.
Villa Rose Pizza 1114 N State Road 7 Hollywood (954) 983-7660
When you’re achin’ for Jamaican
With three locations in Broward County – downtown Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill and Sunrise – the Jerk Machine has spread the gospel of Jamaican cooking far and wide. With lunch specials like $7.50 for the curry chicken served up with rice and peas and plantains, it’s easy to see why people line up at each location. There’s also curry goat and jerk stew peas and a vegetarian lunch, plus yummy Caribbean sides like fritters, bummy and boiled bananas. The Jamaican breakfast of ackee and catfish or Callaloo – Jamaican-style spinach sauteed with onions, garlic and tomatoes – may be more of an acquired taste. Tap your feet to the reggae music and say “yea, mon” to your neighbor while you wait for your food to be prepared fresh.
- 111 NW Second St., Fort Lauderdale (954) 467-8882
- 4261 NW 12th St., Lauderhill (954) 321-8556
- 8085 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise (954) 749-8877
Coffee, cakes and sandwiches aplenty
An institution in gentrified Wilton Manors, Stork’s Cafe & Bakery started as a bakery and hangout for the growing gay population but is now a full-service bistro featuring gourmet salads and sandwiches, reasonably priced. Early on, the place became known for its fresh baked goods such as the Storkberry pie, “Barbie cakes” and six varieties of fresh roasted coffee daily. Now, you can dive into sandwiches like The Pilgrim, an enormous concoction featuring roasted turkey breast, homemade cornbread stuffing, citrus cranberry vinaigrette, mayonnaise and beefsteak tomato, all wrapped up in a honey wheat wrap, for $8.95. Or just linger with a cup of coffee and freshly baked scone.
Stork’s Cafe & Bakery 2505 NE 15h Ave. Wilton Manors (954) 567-3220
Cheap eats at any hour
If you want to know what an old-fashioned, ‘50s-style diner was like, stop by Lester’s Diner. From the glass display case upfront packed with mouth-watering desserts to the never-ending menu to the cushiony booths and surly waitresses, Lester’s is always busy for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Open 24 hours a day, it’s a great place to fill up before a flight, located a stone’s throw from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The hardest part is choosing from the extensive menu, which includes everything from a chicken dinner to burgers to Greek pitas to breakfast all day to that most notable diner food, meatloaf – all reasonably priced.
- 250 W. State Road 84 Fort Lauderdale (954) 525-5641
- 1393 N.W. 136th Avenue Sunrise (954)-838-7473
- 4701 Coconut Creek Parkway Margate (954)-979 -4722
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