Cheap Eats - Heidy's Cafe and Laundromat

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I go to Heidy’s Cafe (2804 NE Second Ave., Miami) for the $6 special. The portions are generous and the food delicious. Today, the daily special features carne asada, white rice, refried beans, and spaghetti. I add on Honduran cheese, mantequilla, spicy vegetables and habanero salsa.

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By the end of the meal my nose is running; Honduran food brings that fire. I'm drinking a “batido de trigo,” a cereal-milkshake. I think it's made with Smacks, but I'm not sure. Either way, I only discovered it this year, but I think it's amazing.

The special includes hot tortillas, made to order as you watch. They are my favorite part of the meal because, well, tortillas are fuckin' awesome.

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Heidy’s Café and Laundromat faces Biscayne Bay. You can see the water from four blocks away. The customers are mostly local. Working-class Wynwood, small-business owners from the Boulevard, and fans of Honduran food share the space with folks doing their laundry.

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For more-or-less 10 bucks you get a good meal, quality beverage, and tip the waitress. Heidy’s is a great, metro-central landmark establishment, and it's open 7 days a week. Check it out.

-- Jacob Katel


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