Cheap Eats: The top 3 budget bites in the Burg, according to Trip Advisor

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Listen, we love the fine dining options in the Sunshine City, but sometimes all we want is something simple and cheap — and fortunately that doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. Through an aggregations of hundreds of reviews and menu price comparisons, Trip Advisor has nailed down the top cheap eats in St. Pete.

So, who’s on top?

Bodega on Central

Yes, the infinitely popular EDGE District gem serving up amazing platters of lechon and pollo asado is definitely a clutch lunch spot. On a hot day, there’s nothing better than a tall cup of Chi-Chi Rodriguez.

Bodega’s legendary Cuban sandwich costs just $8.50, and a lechon plato with rice, beans and plantains runs $9.50.

Need to perk up? A cortadito runs just $1.75 or a sweet cafe con leche costs $2.75.

The outdoor seating is in the bustling EDGE District is perfect for a cute date night or a lunch meeting.

Bodega, 1120 Central Avenue.

Trip’s Diner 

Trip’s Diner is a local treasure. Saturday and Sunday mornings sees lines out the door at the MLK Street breakfast hub. Tasty fries, your archetypal cup of diner coffee and hub cup-sized pancakes? Sounds perfect to us.

A hearty French toast platter costs just $7.79, and a big breakfast of 3 eggs, giant pancake, choice of meat and choice of side cost just $10.99. Our personal favorite dish, the eggs Benedict, runs just $7.99. You can add crab meat to it for 3 bucks extra.

Oh, and those hub cakes we mentioned? Those mammoth hot cakes cost just $7.39 for a double.

Trip’s Diner, 2339 Dr MLK Jr Street North.

Skyway Jacks

The breakfast gem is irresistible, and it’s a St. Pete institution. The original restaurant opened in 1976 at a different location nearer the Skyway Bridge.

The menu is pure comfort food. Its substantial 3 egg omelettes, served with fried potatoes or grits, toast, biscuit or corn muffin, cost anywhere between $6.45 and $7.95.

When we’re at Skyway Jacks, we’re there for something super sweet. You can get three banana and chocolate chip pancakes, or apple pancakes for just $6.75.

You can even go fancy with the Southern French toast: Cream cheese, orange marmalade and pecans between two slices of bread, grilled and served with honey-orange sauce. That dish runs just $5.25.

There are plenty of other sweet and savory options for under $10.

Skyway Jacks, 2795 34th Street South.

What’s your favorite spot for a delicious cheap bite? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out!

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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