Tampa Offers Tempting Takeout Options for Any Meal

Don't have time for a sit down meal? Looking to pack a romantic picnic for lunch at the park? 10 Best knows sometimes time and convenience takes priority, and has gathered ten of the tastiest and most convenient options for a take out meal. No matter what time of day it is, or what kind of food you're craving, Tampa has delicious options from gourmet delis to New York pizza.

Grab Tampa's version of the all-American hot dog at legendary Mel's Hot Dogs. A great choice for a grab and go lunch if you're visiting MOSI or Busch Gardens. Try their famous Chicago-style dog.

If you're looking for something a little more upscale, Pane Rustica in the fashionable SoHo neighborhood is a European-style deli with an Italian flair. Check out their extensive selection of deli items as well as fresh-made menu items. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Maybe you're craving some finger-licking-good barbeque with all the fixin's? Check out Jimbo's Pit BBQ. The beef and pork may be slow-cooked but it's served fast and hot with their special tangy sauce that is a favorite of locals. Jimbo's is also one of the best values in town.




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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



Since 1912 the Alessi's have been providing Tampa residents with quality baked goods. Today, the business has evolved from a horse and wagon to a full service bakery, deli, restaurant, catering and wholesale operation. It's a great spot for...  Read More



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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



So Fresh is a fast, fresh, and healthy eating option for people on the go. They offer a variety of bowls, wraps, and salads containing nutrient dense ingredients to fill you up and fuel your day. Pricing includes chicken, tofu, or zoodles which...  Read More

South Tampa


Pane Rustica is a favorite local lunch spot in South Tampa. It is an European-style bakery, deli, breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant all rolled into one. The decor is trendy but comfortable with an Italian flair. Their crusty, flavorful...  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

Duckweed Urban Grocery
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First opened in 2011 in a tiny spot on Polk Street, Duckweed Urban Market has recently moved into a much expanded space in the Element building on Tampa Street. Holding the distinction of being downtown Tampa's first grocery shop, residents and...  Read More



For 40 years, this cafe and deli has provided Tampa with the freshest, tastiest food imaginable. Everything is homemade, and Wright's is as quick to provide corporate catering as it is to make your individual lunch order. Soups, salads, and...  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