Cheap eats in St. Pete

Neighborhood Dining Guide

click to enlarge The Burg Bar & Grill happily pushes the limits of beef and bun. - James Ostrand
James Ostrand
The Burg Bar & Grill happily pushes the limits of beef and bun.

CL regularly presents focused listings of the best dining options in Tampa Bay's neighborhoods. This week we're giving you a guide to dining on the cheap in St. Pete.

ALESIA RESTAURANT 7204 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-345-9701, A newer spot in St. Pete's Pasadena neighborhood focused on casual French and Vietnamese cuisine. Serving everything from Vietnamese Pho and banh mi sandwiches, to croque monsieurs and crepes at prices that won't hurt your wallet and will definitely keep you coming back for more.

ANGIE'S CAFE 200 First Ave. N, St. Pete, 727-823-6437. Whether it's 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., Angie's is the spot in Downtown St. Pete to grab an inexpensive meal on the go. Their gyros, cheesesteaks and burgers aren't the healthiest fare, but hit the spot — especially after you've been hitting the bars.

BEVERLY'S LA CROISETTE 7401 Gulf Blvd. at Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 727-360-2253, A popular breakfast and lunch spot with a neighborly vibe specializing in French favorites like tasty crepes and croissant french toast.

THE BURG BAR & GRILL 1752 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-894-2874, Burgers are both the focus of the bar and its crowning glory, but the Greek-inspired fare is also quite tasty. Grab a cold craft brew and a gyro feta burger or pita for a filling meal that won't break the bank.

BURRITO BOARDER 17 Third St. N, 727-209-0202, Fresh-Mex done well, with healthy options, large portions and a well-stocked hot sauce bar. Grab a burrito and a beer for less than a tenner. During Dollar Taco Tuesdays, get tacos for $1 each after 2 p.m.

CAPPY'S PIZZERIA 2900 First Ave. N, St. Pete. 727-321-3020, Why spend $20 at one of the many pizza chains when you can get a gourmet pie for less at Cappy's? New York and Chicago-style pizza lovers can finally dine under the same roof at this quaint neighborhood pizzeria. Cappy's must be doing something right, as they won Creative Loafing's PZZA Tournament of Slices a few seasons ago.

CENTRAL COFFEE SHOP 530 Central Ave., St. Pete, This quaint eatery, complete with a counter you can dine at, has a retro feel and rock-bottom prices for classic American diner fare. Open for breakfast and lunch daily.

CHAMPIONS BBQ 4400 Fourth St. N, St. Pete, 727-528-0227, The St. Pete favorite Fred Fleming's Barbecue, has returned to Fourth Street in St. Pete with a new look and a new name. Serving Fred's award-winning ribs, tender brisket, Southern-style sides and plenty more. Get a sandwich or wrap with any two sides for $6.50-$8.50.

DOONERS 21 Third St. N, St. Pete, 727-623-4848, Located in the spot formerly occupied by Athenian Garden in Downtown St. Pete, Dooners is an interesting mix of cuisines, serving fresh, made-to-order German- and Mediterranean-inspired salads and sandwiches with plenty of veg-friendly options. Great prices for fresh and healthy fare.

DOME GRILL 561 Central Ave, St. Pete, 727-823-5090. A local favorite for a quick, inexpensive breakfast or lunch.

EL TORO NEGRO 5780 54th Ave. N, Kenneth City, 727-541-4901, Serving authentic dishes that some turn up their noses at and others crave, like tripe, chicharrones and tongue, at south-of-the-border prices.

FORTUNATO'S 259 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-898-4888. Pizza and simple Italian dishes served cafeteria-style. Great for pre- or post-bar crawl fare and it'll only set you back a few bucks.

KRISTINA'S CAFE 3590 34th St. N, St. Pete, 727-526-6673. A 24-hour hot spot in St. Pete that's especially hopping after 2 a.m., Kristina's serves its entire menu all day and night. After a long night at the bars in Downtown St. Pete or even the morning after, you can get everything from French toast to chicken fried steak without spending a fortune.

LA NUEVA CABANA 48 31st St. N, St. Pete, 727-327-8108. Not your typical Latin cafe, Nueva Cabana specializes in cuisine from the Dominican Republic and serves it up buffet style so diners can get their fill. Dine in for a huge luncheon feast and try the stewed pig feet or mondongo (similar to Mexican menudo).

LETTUCE EAT HEALTHY 135 Second Ave. N, St. Pete, 727-639-0071, St. Pete's first (and thus far only) all-vegetarian food cart in the downtown area. Specialties include vegan Philly "cheese steaks," Italian "sausage," hot dogs and burgers. PETA recently ranked the cart as one of the top five places to grab a veggie dog in the U.S.

MUNCH'S RESTAURANT AND SUNDRIES 3920 Sixth St. S, St. Pete, 727-896-5972, A 'Burg staple and self-proclaimed "gossip center", Munch's has been serving South St. Pete since 1952 (and the prices probably haven't changed drastically since then). From pancakes and burgers to spaghetti, this joint has it all. Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.

PIPO'S CAFE 437 Central Ave., 727-823-7476; 9939 Fourth St. N, 727-576-7476, The best Cuban and pressed sandwiches — like the Elena Ruth and Media Noche — in St. Pete, plus an irresistible buffet of Cuban specialties like Ropa Vieja and Palomilla steak for next to nothing.

TACO BUS #2 2324 Central Ave., St. Pete, The sister to the original bus-turned-kitchen in Seminole Heights, serving freshly prepared, authentic Mexican fare — tacos, burritos, tamales, etc. Do yourself a favor, skip Taco Hell and head over here instead.

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