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Palmas Cafe in Brickell: Lunch for Under $10

If you think there isn't a decent spot where you can get lunch for under $10 in Brickell, you'd probably be right. Up until a couple of weeks ago, anyway. That's when Palmas Café quietly opened in the gorgeous courtyard shared with Deli Lane and a few other places.

Palmas Café comes to Brickell from the owners of Oasis Café in Key Biscayne (which has been supplying all Key Rats with their coffee fix for decades) and Las Olas Café over in South Beach (providing a similar service to beach-goers).

See also: Ten Best $5 Lunches in Miami

The sliver of a space houses enough people to make a line for the glass counter where daily specials await. On the opposite side, a salad bar is a new but welcome addition to the Brickell area. "We know lots of people here try to be healthy, so we wanted to cater to our customers," says owner Carlos Flores.

Grab a box and pack it with as much lettuce, spinach and whatever else you like your salad tossed with. As long as it closes, it's $6.85. Should you want to add select daily protein, add $2.30 to that figure.

Soups and antojos are available in the form of arepas, ham croquetas, pastelitos, pan de bono, tequenos and empanadas. We recommend the ham & cheese and beef empanadas ($2.50).

Daily proteins and specials include a weekly shrimp dish, barbecue chicken, meatballs, chicken cordon bleu, arroz con pollo, palomilla, mahi in lemon sauce, braised lamb shank, ropa vieja, braised oxtail, fried pork chunks, vaca frita, picadillo, and other deliciousness. The daily meal, priced at $9.15 comes with your choice of two sides. Choose from plantains mashed potatoes, rice and beans, or yuca.

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.

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