September 06, 2019

20 Tampa Bay restaurants hidden in local grocery stores

Sure you can go home with a Pub sub, but your taste buds deserve better than that. Here are the markets you need to visit, whether you're out knocking stuff off your grocery list, or you're in the mood for a bombass taco for the low. These local joints are taking markets to the next level by also serving up some of the best eats in town.

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La Fiesta Mexican Store  
1202 S 22nd St Southeast Tampa, 813-241-2477
This Port Tampa favorite was featured on the cover of the 2019 food issue and is frequented by local chefs. You can get eight tacos for around $20, now that is some shit only a local would know. Tacos and beer? What more can you need?
Photo by Meaghan Habuda

La Fiesta Mexican Store

1202 S 22nd St Southeast Tampa, 813-241-2477
This Port Tampa favorite was featured on the cover of the 2019 food issue and is frequented by local chefs. You can get eight tacos for around $20, now that is some shit only a local would know. Tacos and beer? What more can you need?

Photo by Meaghan Habuda
Mazzaro’s Italian Market  
2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400
It never fails that Mazzaro’s takes home a Best of the Bay award in various categories. Trust the locals, this market is a must. You can grab a fresh coffee while stocking up on bottles of wine, cheeses and deli meats. Stick around to eyeball the sandwich list which is quite substantial, featuring 26 sandwiches. 
Photo via Mazzaro’s Italian Market/https://www.mazzarosmarket.com/tour-mazzaros/

Mazzaro’s Italian Market

2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 727-321-2400
It never fails that Mazzaro’s takes home a Best of the Bay award in various categories. Trust the locals, this market is a must. You can grab a fresh coffee while stocking up on bottles of wine, cheeses and deli meats. Stick around to eyeball the sandwich list which is quite substantial, featuring 26 sandwiches.

Photo via Mazzaro’s Italian Market/https://www.mazzarosmarket.com/tour-mazzaros/
Kalina’s Coffee & European Food  
6393 Dr M.L.K. Jr St. N. #112, St. Petersburg, FL, 727-526-8650
Gyro’s, spanakopita (greek spinach pie) and coffee are just a few of the hot menu items to order from at Kalina’s Coffee and European Food. Along with the cafe there is a wide selection of exclusive Eastern European groceries. If you’re ever in the mood to try something different, this is the place to be. 
Photo via Kalina’s Coffee & European Food/Google Maps

Kalina’s Coffee & European Food

6393 Dr M.L.K. Jr St. N. #112, St. Petersburg, FL, 727-526-8650
Gyro’s, spanakopita (greek spinach pie) and coffee are just a few of the hot menu items to order from at Kalina’s Coffee and European Food. Along with the cafe there is a wide selection of exclusive Eastern European groceries. If you’re ever in the mood to try something different, this is the place to be.

Photo via Kalina’s Coffee & European Food/Google Maps
Duckweed Urban Grocery  
803 N Tampa St, Downtown Tampa, 813-221-3825
A local grocery that is going to soon deliver food to your apartment in Channelside? That’s kinda dope. They also have a rewards system for frequent customers, but the hot and cold food case is where it’s at. 
Photo via Duckweed Urban Grocery/Instagram

Duckweed Urban Grocery

803 N Tampa St, Downtown Tampa, 813-221-3825
A local grocery that is going to soon deliver food to your apartment in Channelside? That’s kinda dope. They also have a rewards system for frequent customers, but the hot and cold food case is where it’s at.

Photo via Duckweed Urban Grocery/Instagram
Locale Market  
179 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, 727-523-6300
The epitome of the market and restaurant combo can be found here at Locale Market. The in-house restaurant offers dishes such as sushi, steaks, burgers and much more that can be devoured on-site. Pro tip, eat first before shopping so your cart isn’t overflowing with fresh fruits and fat cuts of meat that are out of your budget (no shame in doing that anyway). 
Photo via Google Maps

Locale Market

179 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, 727-523-6300
The epitome of the market and restaurant combo can be found here at Locale Market. The in-house restaurant offers dishes such as sushi, steaks, burgers and much more that can be devoured on-site. Pro tip, eat first before shopping so your cart isn’t overflowing with fresh fruits and fat cuts of meat that are out of your budget (no shame in doing that anyway).

Photo via Google Maps