Top Places in Tampa to Fill Your Belly without Emptying Your Wallet

If you’re looking for good food at a great price in Tampa, 10 Best has gathered a variety of the best dining options for visitors on a budget. The emphasis is on fresh, well-prepared dishes, hearty portions and value for money. There’s no sacrificing quality here. These restaurants are all locally-owned and represent an assortment of different types of cuisine, from Vietnamese to southern barbecue.

If you're looking for the best way to start your day, check out Brunchie’s, a locals' favorite located in the Carrollwood neighborhood just north of downtown.  Don’t miss out on their fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice!

For dinner, try a traditional Cuban meal at the affordable La Teresita. A Tampa treasure, the menu options are extensive, the portions are huge, and you can experience the cuisine that has been an integral part of the Tampa experience since the mid-1800s.

Wherever you are in Tampa and whatever time of day, you are sure to find a restaurant where you can fill your belly without emptying your wallet.



If you're looking for cheap food and a cheap night out on the town, then Cheap might be the perfect answer. Located in Tampa's trendy, and often pricey, SoHo neighborhood, Cheap offers both quality and value in a fun, casual atmosphere. The menu...  Read More



The Taco Bus is Tampa's most famous contribution to the nationwide food truck movement; although when the first Taco Bus rolled into town it was 20 years ahead of its time. Serving authentic, affordable Mexican favorites, the Taco Bus continues...  Read More

Airport Area


You can be assured of good barbecue when you see the pit smoking out back. Jimbo's keeps close watch over it, taking great pains to ensure that all the meat reaches that moment of perfect flavor. When it's ready, they pile it high, add baked...  Read More



The Bamboozle Cafe is located in heart of downtown Tampa and features Asian Fusion and traditional Vietnamese cuisine. From their fresh Bamboozle rolls to their hearty Pho Boats, the ingredients are fresh and healthy, and the presentation shows...  Read More



Folks in Carrollwood have long-recognized this small, Southern-based chain for its tasty, home-style breakfast and brunch eats, and justly so. Unpretentious and always friendly, Brunchie's is the type of place locals treasure and travelers long...  Read More



Located in Ybor City, Sunday's Delicatessen is a neighborhood mom 'n pop. This is the perfect spot for a delicious and filling breakfast, lunch or early dinner. The story here is the portions. Although a full hero may run you $13, it will also...  Read More

North Tampa


Serving hungry Tampa locals since 1973, Mel's takes the simple concept of a hot dog and makes it as good as you could imagine. These dogs aren't the bland approximations you find at some fast food places. Instead, they're all-beef and come on...  Read More



Anyone who comes here knows that Kojaks is good eating! Open since 1978, this laid-back restaurant is well-known for its fantastic ribs, and the locals concur, having named it an area favorite for many years. Diners tackle heaps of barbecue,...  Read More



For some people, an authentic New York pizza experience requires a hole-in-the-wall setting. If you are one of those people, Eddie & Sam's is for you. The ingredients, including water shipped down from New York for the dough, only add to the...  Read More

La Teresita Restaurant
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La Teresita is located in West Tampa, an area of the city that was originally settled by Cuban immigrants, and features authentic versions of Cuban cuisine. There is a traditional restaurant space, but La Teresita's charm is found inside the...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye