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Grab a Bite at These Restaurants in Tampa Bay for Under $15

  • October 27, 2022
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Want some great restaurants in Tampa Bay but you’re on a budget? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve found the best restaurants in Tampa Bay to grab a quick bite for under $15 — from tacos to dumplings, you won’t go home with an empty stomach. Grab your wallet & keep scrolling to find out which restaurants in Tampa Bay to check out next!

Red Mesa Mercado

In the mood for authentic Mexican restaurants in Tampa? Red Mesa Mercado in St. Pete is a perfect no-nonsense, quick, urban drive-by inspired location. They offer street tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and so much more for under $15! This quick bite will have you wanting more. Don’t forget to try it out for breakfast — we’re OBSESSED with their avocado toast!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 1100 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL  33705

King of the Coop

Are we in Tampa Bay or Nashville? It’s hard to tell at the King of the Coop! This Nashville hot chicken restaurant is the place to be. Their tender baskets are a fan fav, but the hot chicken sandwich is out of this world as well! Get a bang for your buck at King of the Coop.

PRO-TIP: They also have gluten-free hot chicken and fish!

Hours & Location

Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm
Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00m
Friday | Closed
Saturday | 11:00am–3:00am

Mel's Hot Dogs

Nothing says a quick & affordable meal like a hot dog! Mel’s Hot Dogs is a family-run restaurant in Tampa that has been around since 1973. Located right next to Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay’s own amusement park, Mel’s Hot Dogs is a perfect place to sit and relax after a long day at the park, or grab for takeout for the ride home. These Chicago-style hot dogs are to die for. Give the chili dog a try!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11 am–8 pm
Tuesday | 11 am–8 pm
Wednesday | 11 am–8 pm
Thursday | 11 am–8 pm
Friday | 11 am–8 pm
Saturday | 11 am–8 pm
Sunday Closed

📍 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617

Pearly's Beach Eats

Picture this: you just spent a long day at the beach, you have a perfect tan, there’s sand in your toes but you don’t mind, your hair is perfectly beachy. But what is there to eat?! Pearly’s Beach Eats knows this feeling and want their customers to be satisfied with their beach experience, all while keeping your wallet happy. This “gulf coast grub” is so refreshing, so unique, and so flavorful. Take in the Florida vibes with these delicious beach eats.

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 903 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698

Yummy House

Yummy House China Bistro is the perfect place for some authentic Chinese food in Tampa Bay. You can order a quick snack (we love their dumplings), or have a whole meal. Don’t forget to try their signature Salt and Pepper mix over a base of your choice as an appetizer — it was named a Top Appetizer in Tampa Bay!

Hours & Location


📍 2620 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610


Satisfy your pizza cravings at Santoro’s Pizza. Located right near the University of Tampa, grab a few bucks and enjoy an authentic “Jersey slice.” With their simple menu (because you’re only as good as your plain slice), it is only up from there. We always keep going back for more!!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 1329 W Cass St, Tampa, FL 33606

Wicked Oak Barbecue

Known for its award-winning, slow-smoked meats, sides, and homemade sauces, Wicked Oak Barbeque is a great restaurant in Tampa to get a bite without breaking the bank. This family-run business is “smokin’ out” Seminole Heights with its amazing flavors. We love their brisket with a touch of queso. Their wings are also a must to snack on!

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–7:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–5:00pm


Riveters is an electric bar and restaurant that embodies the nostalgic vibe. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink and a burger for under $15. We LOVE their French onion bombers: they definitely hit the spot.

PRO-TIP: Use the parking lot located in the back around the corner from the restaurant.

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–12:00am
Friday | 11:00am–3:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–3:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–11:00pm

📍 2301 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33607

Goody Goody Famous Burgers

Looking for a quick bite in Hyde Park Village? Goody Goody is available at all times of the day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner! According to Southern Living Magazine, it’s the “Best Breakfast in Florida.” From pancakes to burgers, you can never go wrong with their menu!

PRO-TIP: If you’re catching a flight at TPA, there’s an additional location in Airside C!

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–9:00pm
Saturday| 7:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 7:00am–9:00pm

📍 1601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL

Green Lemon

It’s taco time! In the mood for some good eats and some good vibes? Green Lemon has you covered. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in Tampa Bay with college students!  Get your own bowl, taco, burrito, etc. and treat yourself to a margarita while you’re at it: you deserve it! The electric energy in this restaurant will have you wanting to stay all night!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11 am–10 pm
Tuesday | 11 am–11 pm
Wednesday | 11 am–10 pm
Thursday | 11 am–10 pm
Friday | 11 am–11 pm
Saturday | 11 am–11 pm
Sunday | 11 am–10 pm

📍 915 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL 33606

West Tampa Sandwich Shop & Restaurant

Looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat? Try West Tampa Sandwich Shop! This family-owned restaurant in Tampa has been serving up tasty sandwiches and Cuban cuisine to Tampa Bay locals for years! Don’t miss their famous Cuban sandwich or their house-made black bean soup. They also offer catering for events and parties!

Hours & Location

Monday | 6 am–3 pm
Tuesday | 6 am–3 pm
Wednesday | 6 am–3 pm
Thursday | 6 am–3 pm
Friday | 6 am–3 pm
Saturday | 6 am–3 pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 3904 N Armenia Ave Tampa, Florida 33607

Grab a Bite at These Restaurants in Tampa Bay for Under $15

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