October 04, 2019

The 25 best Tampa Bay restaurants when you're broke AF

Great food doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few of our favorite Tampa Bay restaurants where you can get a lot for a little.

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Acapulco Mexican Grocery  
1001 N Macdill Ave, Tampa, 813-873-3665
All tacos are $2 each. Not only does this place have cheap eats, but its a hidden gem. Best of both worlds. Some of the tacos include lengua(beef tongue), chorizo, al pastor, carnitas and pollo.
Photo via Google Maps

Acapulco Mexican Grocery

1001 N Macdill Ave, Tampa, 813-873-3665
All tacos are $2 each. Not only does this place have cheap eats, but its a hidden gem. Best of both worlds. Some of the tacos include lengua(beef tongue), chorizo, al pastor, carnitas and pollo.

Photo via Google Maps
Better Byrd  
4447 4th St N #1, St. Petersburg, 727-325-2973
Located right next door to Fresh Kitchen, Better Byrd serves up low priced eats with live music and a foosball table; this may be your cheapest date destination yet. Most of the menu is gluten free, and you can even get five chicken tenders for $6. 
Photo via Better Byrd/Facebook

Better Byrd

4447 4th St N #1, St. Petersburg, 727-325-2973
Located right next door to Fresh Kitchen, Better Byrd serves up low priced eats with live music and a foosball table; this may be your cheapest date destination yet. Most of the menu is gluten free, and you can even get five chicken tenders for $6.

Photo via Better Byrd/Facebook
Brocato’s Sandwich Shop  
5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, 813-248-9977
Deviled crabs are a must, make sure to try a double order on payday. You’re in good hands when you’re low on budget, so be wise, and pick the sandwich that’ll keep you full until you have a packet of ramen. 
Photo via Brocato’s Sandwich Shop/Facebook

Brocato’s Sandwich Shop

5021 E Columbus Dr, Tampa, 813-248-9977
Deviled crabs are a must, make sure to try a double order on payday. You’re in good hands when you’re low on budget, so be wise, and pick the sandwich that’ll keep you full until you have a packet of ramen.

Photo via Brocato’s Sandwich Shop/Facebook
Chicago Paulie’s  
1301 N Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-494-4275
Hot dogs, sandwiches, and chili fries all for under $10. It’s located within a gas station parking lot with about three stools near the order window. Have a seat and make a new buddy, or snag a dog and hit the road.
Photo via Chicago Paulie’s/Facebook

Chicago Paulie’s

1301 N Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-494-4275
Hot dogs, sandwiches, and chili fries all for under $10. It’s located within a gas station parking lot with about three stools near the order window. Have a seat and make a new buddy, or snag a dog and hit the road.

Photo via Chicago Paulie’s/Facebook
Chili Verde  
2801 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 727-800-2679
This place doubles as a market. The restaurant side serves up generous portions, so if you want to stretch those dollar bills, you can box half and take it home for round two. 
Photo via Chili Verde/Facebook

Chili Verde

2801 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 727-800-2679
This place doubles as a market. The restaurant side serves up generous portions, so if you want to stretch those dollar bills, you can box half and take it home for round two.

Photo via Chili Verde/Facebook

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