By Lisa Petrillo

NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – From subs and salads in North Miami to gourmet small plates in Miami’s design district, CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo is dishing out delicious tips for cheap eats in South Florida.

At City Slickers in North Miami, it’s all about fresh, fast and fabulous. City Slickers is the newest salad and sandwich bar to hit the neighborhood.

“The definition of a city slicker is a sophisticated urban dweller with refined taste for subs and salads,” explained co-owner Eric Garcia.

That’s exactly what you get at City Slickers.  Fresh subs and salads in a fast food environment. Guests choose of a list of signature items on the menu, priced between $7 and $12. You can also make your own sub or salad. All the veggies are on display, with the proteins like the rotisserie chicken and turkey, which is made fresh on the premises.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo ordered the “Gotham Gaucho” sub.  It has fresh rare roast beef, lettuce, and provolone.

“This is not a girlie sandwich,” said Petrillo holding up a gigantic 12-inch sub.

The “Chinatown Veggie Out Salad” has greens, edamame, sprouts and crunchy noodles.

“You can pick your greens, everything from classic toppings to proteins and you work your way,” said Garcia.

Soups are also offered and every city clicker can enjoy a nice cool one because they also offer unique craft beers.

There are plans for two more City Slickers locations later this year.

Heading a bit north to the Miami Design District is Oak Tavern in the Miami Design District where you will find your cheap eats.

Chef/Restaurateur David Bracha, who has worked and owned other restaurants in town, welcomes guests to his affordably priced  eatery with great food served in a stylish yet laid-back setting.

“When I walked through the courtyard I was sold. It had great potential and I always wanted to do something in the area, so it was the perfect time,” Bracha said.

Some of the scintillating small plates offered at Oak Tavern include, “A picked anchovy crostini with sheep’s milk ricotta, roasted peppers and kale, meant to be a bite while you’re having a cocktail,” explained Bracha.

There’s also a warm fava bean salad with duck ham and cherry tomatoes and a poached egg with Pecorino cheese.

How about roasted octopus with a chick pea salad, or the Bon Mi, which is a Vietnamese sandwich filled with crispy pork belly, foie gras and veggies.

The comprehensive modern menu is all about sharing and the prices won’t break the bank.

Menu items are between $5 and $14, depending on what you order, so you can get some small plates and have a light, very affordable meal,” explained Bracha.


Lisa Petrillo


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