10 Best Showcases Top Places to "Do Lunch" in Tampa

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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Looking for a great lunch spot in Tampa? 10 Best is serving up ten of the city’s top options to choose from. Whether you want to grab a quick bite before heading out to do some sightseeing, or whether you want to make lunch an special occasion, here are flavorful options to satisfy your mid-day hunger pangs. Options such as Mel’s Hot Dogs and the Taco Bus serve up purely local versions of fast food favorites. Try the Mel’s favorite – a hot dog served Chicago style or dive into the fresh and authentic tacos at the Taco Bus. Guaranteed to give you a taste of Tampa culture while getting you on your way quickly. If you’re looking...  Read more »

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    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    Perhaps Tampa's favorite lunch spot, Datz delights diners with a casual, trendy atmosphere and creative twists on America's favorite foods.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a very busy lunch spot. Take advantage of their text and wait system. Text the word "datz" to 626.414.3210 and follow the prompts."

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    Taco Bus

    • Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
    • Average Main Course Price: $6
    • Neighborhood: Seminole Heights

    Tampa's famous Taco Bus is a longtime local favorite serving fast, fresh and authentic Mexican dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Although the Taco Bus is a great spot for a quick lunch, they are open 24/7 so you can satisfy your taco cravings any time of day or night."

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    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: Airport Area

    Oystercatchers is a wonderful spot for lunch because of its ideal combination of views and perfectly prepared fresh seafood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch on Sunday is the best with Oystercatchers offering the the finest brunch in town. Reservations are recommended."

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    The Bricks

    The Bricks is a young, fun, casual eatery with the best peanut butter sandwiches around. Give "the elvis" a try.

    Local Expert Tip: "Great for finicky eaters. Lunch at the Bricks pleases everyone with kid-friendly, vegetarian, and meat-lovers options."

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    Mel's Hot Dogs

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $5
    • Neighborhood: North Tampa

    Mel's Hot Dogs is Tampa's best spot to grab our city's favorite versions of this all-American favorite.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mel's is a popular place, so if you're planning on trying it for lunch, arrive early or late to avoid the lines."

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    La Teresita Restaurant

    • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin
    • Average Main Course Price: $7

    Tampa is known for its Cuban heritage and cuisine; La Teresita is one of the oldest, most popular authentic Cuban eateries in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have room after lunch you might want to wander next door to La Teresita's bakery where you can choose from a variety of traditional Cuban sweet delicacies."

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    Pane Rustica

    Pane Rustica is a long-time local favorite for lunch providing consistently good food and great service....  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by Pane Rustica to gather the perfect ingredients for a picnic lunch before heading to one of the area's parks. Even beer and wine is available for carry-out."

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    717 South

    717 South at lunch fills with some of Tampa's business and social elite. A good spot for a power lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch special is soup and half a sandwich for $8.95."

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    The Colonnade

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $18
    • Neighborhood: South Tampa

    The Colonnade provides million-dollar views of the Bay and one of the best Grouper sandwiches in Tampa.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come just before or after the lunch hour to secure a booth by the window."

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    Nicko's Fine Foods

    Nicko's is Tampa's favorite greasy-spoon housed in an Art Deco railway car serving traditional diner food at low prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can sit in the King's seat! Look for the booth featuring a plaque dedicated to the day Elvis visited Nicko's."



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