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🤑 Saving money tastes great
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Thee Burger Spot is one of our fave fast-casual joints in town. | Photo via Thee Burger Spot
Looking for a tasty, local lunch spot that doesn’t break the bank? We’re here for you, TBAY. Check out this list of 12 places where lunch for one costs $10 or less.

We know cravings are key when it comes to a midday meal, so we’ve broken up these spots into their respective food groups. Think sandwiches and pizza.


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The Cuban and black bean combo is $9.99.


Photo via Lonni’s Sandwiches

West Tampa Sandwich Shop and Restaurant, 3904 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa
Indulge in a symphony of flavors with a soup and a small Cuban sandwich. The delightful duo will transport your taste buds to the sun-kissed shores of Havana — all for just $7.90. If you need a refresher, a Tampa Cuban is usually made with ham, tender pork, zesty salami, melted Swiss cheese, and the tantalizing dance of mayo, mustard, and pickles.

Lonni’s, 429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Indulge in a half sandwich and soup combo, priced at a mere $9.69. Get the chipotle chicken press + if you’re feeling extra saucy, double down.


Angelo’s, 536 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg
This might be St. Pete’s most unbeatable offer. Get two slices of plain ‘za and a soda pop for $5.

The NONA Slice House, 997 Main St., Safety Harbor
For $10 flat you can savor any two slices alongside a refreshing domestic draft brew or a soda, all for a total of just $9.


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Saigon Deli also has a marketplace chock full of imported snacks and drinks.


Photo via Saigon Deli

Saigon Deli, 3858 W. Waters Ave. Tampa
Saigon takes you on a South Asian flavor adventure. Check it out: Bánh mì sandwiches are priced at $3, pho bowls start at $6.50, and bubble tea costs $3.

Pho Kien Giang, 8730 49th St. N., Pinellas Park
We’re crazy pho these large steaming bowls of beef pho. We recommend the Phở Gà (chicken noodle soup) for $7.75.

We know, we know — we couldn’t possibly include them all. Did we miss your favorite lunch special? Shoot us a note, and we’ll add to our list to keep this guide updated regularly.
Friday, May 26
  • Hiking with Heroes: Honoring Memorial Day | Friday, May 26 | 9-11 a.m. | Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg | Free | Join fellow veterans and their families for a guided hike at Weedon Island Preserve — wear clothing or a hat showing your branch of service.
  • Big John at the Glazer Children’s Museum | Friday, May 26-Thursday, June 1 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Intersection of Twiggs St. and Tampa St., Tampa | $18 | Check out the world’s largest triceratops — the exhibit is 66 million years in the making.
  • Kimi Tortuga | Friday, May 26, Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Keel Farms, 5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City | Price of purchase | Enjoy farm-fresh food, handcrafted wine, beer, and cider while listening to the musical stylings of Kimi Tortuga.
  • Dodgers vs. Rays | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg | Prices vary | Chow down on a juicy ballpark frank while watching the teams face off.
Saturday, May 27
  • Best Damn Race 5K, 10K & Half Marathon | Saturday, May 27 | 6 a.m.-12 p.m. | Water Front Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln., Safety Harbor | $0-$155 | Register to run or bring a sign to cheer on your sweaty brethren.
  • Gulf Coast MakerCon 2023 | Saturday, May 27 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | AMRoC Fab Lab, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa | Free | Watch thrilling robot battles, drone contests, and aerial displays — preregister online for a chance to win a prize.
  • Veteran Civilian Arts Ensemble Showcase | Saturday, May 27 | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | Free | Check out the artwork of local veterans and learn about their experience in the community.
Sunday, May 28
  • 26th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance | Sunday, May 28 | 10 a.m. | Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 US 301 N., Tampa | Free | Hillsborough County’s annual event includes patriotic music, a fallen hero name reading of Garden of Gold flags, and a rifle salute.
  • 12th Annual Ford International Cuban Sandwich Festival | Sunday, May 28 | 12-6 p.m. | Centennial Park, 1800 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa | $0-$275 | Take in the Cuban sandwich competition, listen to live music, and roam Historic Ybor City.
Monday, May 29
  • Memorial Day Barbecue | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. | Bayboro Brewing, 2390 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Kick off the afternoon with a performance from Cross Junction, a raffle, a silent auction, and an art exhibition by No Good Deeds — veterans enjoy an open tab.
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👀 Trivia time: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen?
Can you guess what’s “clean” vs. “dirty?” | Photos via Athletic Greens and public use
Spring + summer = fresh produce seasons — so you need to know which fruits and veggies are pesticide heavy (vs. more on the clean side).
  • Kale: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Papaya: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
  • Tomatoes: Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen? Find out.
Know exactly what you’re putting into your body by incorporating AG1 into your diet (bonus: there’s a special offer available now).*
News Notes
  • PSTA is adding three more SunRunner buses by the spring of next year. The new additions make sure you’ll only have to wait 15 minutes to take the free bus. (I Love the Burg)
  • USF’s $27.4 million wellness center is hosting its grand opening this fall. The size of the building more than triples the last health center with 68 exam rooms, a pharmacy, several labs, and a physical therapy room. Pro tip: if you need to be seen for medical purposes now, the building is open. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • Construction has begun on downtown St. Pete’s Castille Urbana (600 3rd Ave. S.). The five-story condo building will have 40 units. (St. Pete Rising)
  • Looking for weekend plans? We recommend watching Ari Aster’s new surrealist horror-comedy “Beau Is Afraid” inside Ybor’s super intimate 38-seat Screen Door Microcinema (Kress Annex 1624 E. 7th Ave.). The Joaquin Phoenix-starred film plays all throughout the weekend. Tix are $8. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
  • Sea Hags Bar + Grill (9555 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach) is shutting its doors on Monday, June 5. Head to the charming waterfront seafood joint + grab some locally sourced shrimp before it’s too late. (I Love the Burg)
  • 734 sqft. That’s how much apartment space a renter in Tampa can get for $1,500 a month, according to a Rentcafe study. And in St. Pete, the same price gets you less at 660 sqft. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
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Tourism and Hospitality
🏐 Cast away with us
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If you look closely, you can see the light house guiding tons of boats into TBAY. | Photo via Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Itching to get out of town but don’t want to commit to a super strenuous 18-hour road trip?

Here’s the good news. Today, on National Road Trip Day, we’re actually headed to TBAY’s backyard. Pack your coolers and floaties; we’re day-trippin’ to Egmont Key State Park (your very own deserted island).

Psst. It’s only about an hour’s boat ride from town.

Take a boat tour

First things first. You can only get to the island by boat. So be ready to shell out some dough for a ferry. The Pelican offers daily boat tours that leave from the St. Pete Pier. The trip includes two hours on the island for snorkeling, exploring, and relaxing on the beach. Tix are $39-$59.

Visit the Egmont Key Lighthouse

While you’re there, head to the Egmont Key Lighthouse. The beacon was built in 1874 and is still in operation today. You can go inside + climb the stairs up more than 100 ft to the top.

Look for shark teeth

Looking to take home a souvenir for free? Go hunting for some sand tiger shark teeth. Hunt for the chompers all around the island.

Where should we go next? Suggest your fave short day trip.
The Wrap
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I’m a dinosaur nut. As of right now, I’m proclaiming myself as Big John the Triceratops’ biggest fan. I love you John, can’t wait to check out your exhibit.
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