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

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Want some great food but are 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 where you’re going for a bite in Tampa Bay today!

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Red Mesa Mercado

In the mood for some authentic Mexican (without needing to make a trip to the bank)? 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! 

Lunch/Dinner 
Monday–Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday–Saturday |  11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Breakfast 
Everyday | 9:00am–11:00am

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

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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!

Seminole Heights 
Monday–Sunday | 11:00am–10:00pm

đź“Ť5910 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Wesley Chapel 
Monday–Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

đź“Ť27835 Wesley Chapel Blvd Unit 102, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

SOHO
Monday–Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–3:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

đź“Ť500 S Howard Ave suite f, Tampa, FL 33606

St. Petersburg
Monday–Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

đź“Ť6928 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

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Mel's Hot Dogs

Nothing says a quick & affordable meal like a hot dog! Mel’s Hot Dogs is a family-run business 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! 

Monday–Saturday | 11:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | CLOSED

đź“Ť 4136 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617

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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. 

Clearwater Beach 
Every day | 11:00am–9:00pm

đź“Ť 45 Papaya Street Clearwater, FL

Downtown Dunedin 
Monday | CLOSED 
Tuesday–Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

đź“Ť 903 Douglas Ave Dunedin, FL

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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!

Lunch 
Monday–Sunday |11:00am–2:45pm
Dinner 
Monday–Saturday | 5:00pm–9:30pm
Sunday | 5:00pm–9:00pm

đź“Ť 2620 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610

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Santoro's Pizza

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!!

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

đź“Ť 1329 W Cass St, Tampa, FL 33606

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Wicked Oak Barbeque

Known for its award-winning, slow-smoked meats, sides, and homemade sauces, Wicked Oak Barbeque is a great place 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!

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

📍 6607 N Florida AveTampa, FL 33604

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Riveters

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. 

Monday–Wednesday | 11:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:00am–2:00am
Friday | 11:00am–3:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–3:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–11:00pm

📍 2301 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33607

Goody Goody Grab A Bite At These Restaurants In Tampa Bay For Under $15 2022

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!

Monday–Sunday | 7:00am–9:00pm

📍 1601 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL

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Green Lemon

It’s taco time! In the mood for some good eats and some good vibes? Green Lemon has you covered. 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! 

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

đź“Ť 915 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL 33606

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West Tampa Sandwich Shop & Restaurant

Getting hungry in West Tampa? We have the perfect comfort food location for you. West Tampa Sandwiches are some of our favorite sandwiches around town– so affordable and so, SO good!! The Honey Cuban sandwich is a must try! Add on one of their side soups for the ultimate comfort food experience. 

Monday–Saturday | 6:00am–3:00pm
Sunday | CLOSED

📍 3904 N Armenia Ave Tampa, Florida 33607

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

Getting hungry yet? I know we are! If we left out one of your go-to affordable restaurants in Tampa Bay, let us know @stufftodointampabay on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and TikTok! 

Victoria King

Victoria King

Victoria is an intern for UNATION's Tampa Bay team. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.
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