Looking for a delicious Spanish meal near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Spanish restaurants around Tampa, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.
1. La Teresita Cafe
Topping the list is La Teresita Cafe. Located at 3246 W. Columbus Drive in Northeast Macfarlane, the Cuban and Spanish spot is the highest-rated inexpensive Spanish restaurant in Tampa, boasting four stars out of 885 reviews on Yelp.
The site has lots more information on La Teresita Cafe. According to the business's Yelp profile, it's a "counter style restaurant that is a popular hotspot with the locals."
Curious to know about the faces behind the business?
"In 1962, Maximino and Coralia Capdevila fled Cuba wanting a better life for their boys after Fidel Castro and communism took over the country. Even though they did not know the language and they did not have any resources, they knew that if they worked hard they could achieve the American Dream," the owners state in the history section of their Yelp profile.
2. Gold Ring Cafe
Next is Tampa Heights's Gold Ring Cafe, situated at 2510 N. Tampa St. With four stars out of 13 reviews on Yelp, the Spanish and Cuban spot, offering seafood and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.
The site can tell you a thing or two more about Gold Ring Cafe.
"Gold Ring Cafe & Catering has an impeccable reputation where professionalism and excellent customer service is a passion," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "We have been serving Spanish and contemporary food in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years."
3. 40th Street Restaurant
East Tampa's 40th Street Restaurant, located at 3206 N. 40th St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable Dominican, Latin American and Spanish spot four stars out of 13 reviews.
Susan W. noted, "Huge, tasty portions at breakfast at perfectly reasonable prices. Highly recommended! We both ordered the sausage omelet. Delicious! The coffee is typical Cuban-style—strong and good! The Cuban bread makes good toast, too."
4. La Bamba restaurante
La Bamba restaurante, a Spanish and Cuban spot in Carver City, is another affordable go-to, with four stars out of 121 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4815 W. Laurel St. to see for yourself.
Yelper Natalie V. wrote, "Quick cafeteria style spot to grab food. There are a variety of hot foods made to order and ready to eat! We ordered the ropa vieja— and they give you two sides, so we got sweet plantains and rice. Both were very tasty!"