How to Eat a Day In South Tampa For Under $30

February 27, 2017


Goody Goody is one of the cheaper burgers places in town, and is deeply rooted in Tampa history Photo Credit: Grace Neal/Achona Online

South Tampa is one of the more expensive areas of Tampa and dining on a student’s budget seems impossible. Yet, maneuvering around South Tampa’s restaurants and go to food locations strategically, can help anyone get more for their buck. Knowing what to order on the menu, what to avoid, and how to plan out a day of meals can help save money. Sun up to sundown, here is the go to guide to for eating every meal in South Tampa for under $30.

Achona made three separate meal plans to follow at some popular restaurants to visit for a day on the town. Each plan ranges from the most money spent, to the least amount spent, all staying under $30. The total amounts do not include tax or tip.

Each restaurant is very close to school and many Academy students can be found at these locations any day of the week Photo Credit: Grace Neal/Achona Online




Breakfast at Daily Eats, 1.8 miles away from Academy

Lunch at Green Lemon, 1.8 miles away from Academy

Dinner at Goody Goody Burgers, 1.9 miles away from Academy




Senior Kendall Perez, who frequents South Tampa as a dining location, says  “I think that most places in South Tampa are very expensive, especially the places I like to eat. Daily Eats is perfect for getting a big meal when I don’t feel like spending a ton of money.”


Plan One: Total for the day: $28.85

Breakfast at Daily Eats

-Bacon and Eggs with Home Fries : $8.5

-Coffee: $2.50

Lunch at Green Lemon

-Americano Taco: $3.00

-Rice and Beans: $3.00


Dinner at Goody Goody Burgers

– BLT: $7.95

-Home Fries: $1.95

-Soda: $1.95

Sophomore Charlotte Carl, who loves getting more food for less money, says “I love Goody Goody for the pancakes. They are really delicious and very inexpensive, but you can get a lot of food for only paying about $5.”

Plan Two: Total for the day: $28.20

Breakfast at Daily Eats

-Three Buttermilk Pancakes: $7.5

-Chilled Tea: $2.75

Lunch at Green Lemon

-Carne Enchilada: $3.50

– Side of Fries: $3.00


Dinner at Goody Goody Burgers

-Cheeseburger POX: $5.50

– Side of fries: $1.95

-Chocolate or Vanilla milkshake: $4.00

Plan Three: Total for the day: $27.45

Breakfast at Daily Eats

-Small Daily Eats Oatmeal: $6.00

-Hot Tea: $3.00

Lunch at Green Lemon

-Carne Asada: $4.00

-Fried Plantains: $4.00


Dinner at Goody Goody Burgers

-Grilled cheese: $5.50

-Goody Goody slaw: $1.95

-Root Beer float: $3.00

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