Cheap Eats: Dine for $10 or under!

Fresh tacos, made-to-order sushi, savory barbecue and southern style breakfast ... eat on a deliciously affordable budget on vacation!

A waiter holds up a taco bowl from Casita Taqueria in downtown St. Pete

Owners of Casita Taqueria opened the restaurant after bonding over a love of travel and authentic cuisine. You can taste their love for Mexican food in the flavors found in menu items such as the "casita bowl."

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Johnny Grits, Tarpon Springs

This almost-hidden place is crave worthy. Known for their homemade grits and southern-style breakfast specialties, some of the best are under $10 each. Bring your friends so everyone can order something different and then demand mandatory sharing. Order: Big Daddy's Biscuits & Gravy ($7.95), Sweet Potato Pancakes ($7.99), Country Fried Chicken Bowl ($8.95), or Country Omelet ($9.99).

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Reel BBQ, Palm Harbor

This roadside, stationary food truck may be small, but it serves up delicious BBQ for a reely  big appetite. Try the Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which features slow smoked pork topped with melted cheddar cheese between two pieces of garlic Texas toast. Grab a fork, you'll need it! At just $7.99, be sure to order a Sweet Tea for $1.25 to help wash it down, or BYOB - they're cool with that!

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Pearly's Beach Eats, Clearwater Beach

Find fabulously fresh (and affordable!) salads, sandwiches and tacos at this adorable Key West-style cottage, just a couple blocks from Clearwater Beach. Grab a great lunch in the courtyard for under $10... some of our faves are the blackened Fish Tacos served with chips and salsa or the Chicken Baja Bowl served in an edible taco shell, both priced at just $9.95.   

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Green Mint Asian Grill, Clearwater

Friend or pho? Everyone's friendly at this fast-casual Vietnamese-inspired restaurant. Go for the Green Mint Bun: grilled shrimp, pork & a spring roll over vermicelli rice noodles with fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumbers, pickled carrots & daikons, crushed peanuts & house sweet chili sauce for just $9.95.

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Kooky Coconut, Indian Rocks Beach

Nothing rounds out a perfect day at the beach like a burger and ice cream! This kooky little shack serves up delicious 5 oz. cheeseburgers with a side of chips for just $5.98. Compliment that with a smoothie or an ice cream cone featuring locally made Working Cow Ice Cream without breaking your $10 budget.

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Casita Taqueria, St. Petersburg

An exterior shot of Casita Taqueria in downtown St. Pete

Casita Taqueria has multiple locations in St. Pete. including downtown. Their fresh, authentic cuisine has earned a "Best of the Bay" award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Always a go-to for local (St. Peters) 'Burgers, Casita Taqueria serves up super fresh, Mexican-inspired food, but the tacos are the real show-stoppers. Homemade soft corn tortillas can be filled with your choice of carnitas, barbacoa, carne asada, chicken, fish or shrimp. Ranging from $2.99 - $3.75 each, you can afford to select 2-3 of these delicious hand-helds to fill your belly for under $10. 

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Rollbotto Sushi, St. Petersburg

At this fast-casual sushi joint, customers can choose unique rolls such as the Bot Kahuna filled with tempura shrimp, pineapple, cucumber and coconut, or create their own customized roll. Fresh staples to create endless combinations are available and each roll yields 10 pieces each! Averaging around $7-8 per roll, you could even throw in a cup of miso soup or an order of edamame and still hit your goal of just $10.   

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Zaytoon Grill, St. Petersburg

Grab your favorite babaghanoush and head to this casual, family-owned mediterranean place for authentic kebabs, hummus, homemade falafel and more. Our pick is the Shawarma Bowl featuring a generous portion of basmati rice, chicken, tomato and cucumber salad, seasoned red onions and the house tahini sauce for just $9.99.

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Stella's, Gulfport

This is a great brunch spot! In the middle of quirky Gulfport, this place is jam-packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings with patrons of the two-legged and four-legged kind. Definitely check their daily specials board when you arrive, but you can always depend on the Fried Green Tomato Benedict served with a choice of side for just $9.95. 

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Uptown Eats, St. Pete

Uptown Eats is new to the local restaurant scene and serves up some of the most creative breakfast and lunch dishes you’ll find anywhere. Everything is made fresh, in-house, and it shows. We haven’t found anything on the menu we haven’t liked but our favorites include Greens-N-Things Bowl - sauteed daily greens topped with a housemade cornbread crumble, perfectly fried eggs, black beans, sweet potato, avocado, green onions, cotija cheese with a slightly-spicy jalapeno aioli. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory. And it’s Gluten free for only $9.  It’s located in St. Pete’s MLK District, right next door to MIZE Gallery and Neat Neat Neat St. Pete.