New to Midtown Miami is Salumeria 104 an Italian deli and restaurant crossover. This eatery offers an assortment of Italian charcuterie foods such as cheeses, salamis and other Italian cold cuts. Salumeria 104 is inviting and casual, the perfect place for a snack and drink. Besides deli items, Salumeria 104 serves antipasti/salads, fresh pasta dishes, and regional Italian dishes along with an affordable array of wines.
3451 NE First Avenue #104, Miami
For those of you who are tired of spending $20+ dollars on a gourmet burger, “Pop’s Dollar Food Shop” may have a solution for you. This low-key Midtown spot lies in the back of a pizza and gyro restaurant and is offering $1, we repeat, $1, burgers. It was opened by Fox Goodman on the belief that people should be able to have access to quality food at low prices. The most expensive item on the menu? A bacon double cheeseburger for a meager $3. Every burger is complete with cooked onions, ketchup, pickles, and cheese that will only cost you an extra 25 cents. The rolls are freshly baked every day, and the taste (they claim) is better than that of traditional fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King. The eatery also offers hot dogs and fries at the same competitive prices. The major gripe of the patrons was portion size, but each complaint was quickly justified by the joint's low prices. And hey, if you’re still hungry, another burger is only a buck away.
Pop's Dollar Food Shop is located at 7th Ave between 33rd and 34th Street.
If you were wondering what was going on behind all that plywood on Wilcox Avenue at the former Nacional, you can relax and put away your wallet. New York transplants will rejoice to learn that the very first west coast outpost of NYC’s legendary hot dog place, Papaya King, is opening in Los Angeles in April. Papaya King and SBE’s Sam Nazarian have teamed up for a joint venture—SBE is opening a bar and lounge adjacent to Papaya’s that, according to their press release, will be "unlike any other SBE nightlife venue built yet." We’ll have to see about that, but start getting excited about washing away any hint of a hang-over with a King Combo and a cup of Coconut Champagne. If our experience at Papaya’s in NYC can serve as any indication, then that just means that you can definitely return next door for another round. Whether or not the guys at this Papaya King will write “I love you” in ketchup for their pretty customers is something we’ll have to report back on.
Papaya King: 645 Wilcox Ave.
Here in New York, one can find a hot dog stand on any given corner at almost any given time. However, in different parts of the country, your odds of finding a hot dog stand are slim to none- and we won’t even discuss the odds of finding a gyro stand. I’d love to see one of those in like Iowa or Oregon.
With the economy affecting so many all over the world, people are coming up with new and innovative ways to make money. In Bandera, Texas, the Guajardo family has definitely come up with a recession-proof way of paying the bills: selling hot dogs. The town, which has a population of around 957, has never seen a hot dog stand. Because of this, it only seems natural that out of boredom and sheer curiosity, the residents visit the one and only stand. And that is how the Guajardos manage to earn around $1,150 a week.
Located at 26 East 17th Street in Union Square, Dogmatic provides an alternative option to the street-side hot-dog. On offer are gourmet, handcrafted sausages, served in freshly-baked baguettish bread that is toasted inside and out on a “special spike.” Excepting those who might feel peckish for some horse flesh, Dogmatic offers links that accommodate most meat preferences (beef, chicken, pork, turkey and lamb). At $ 4.50, these gourmet dogs don’t set you back much more than do their Sabrett counterparts - and have the additional benefit of being free of hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and artificial flavors.