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St. Pete Restaurants That Won’t Break the Bank

by David Warner, Jr.
As college students, many of us are strapped for cash, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to have fun, cheap fun that is. Where can you even take a date nowadays for less than $30, $40 dollars just to eat? What is a cheap date, anyway? According to Anabelle Shaffer 18, a resident of Pinellas Park and SPC student says, “2 for $20 at Chilis and Applebees is considered cheap.” Jose Santos 20, a North St.Pete resident and SPC student athlete says, “A cheap date to me would be taking a girl to McDonalds and paying $5 for her food.” Is it possible to find a date in between $20-$5 without scaring your hopeful significant other off?
The Burg Bar and Grill is a great little place located on Central Avenue and 17th Street.  It has inside eating as well as an outside dining area with umbrellas over the tables. What it lacks in size it makes up for in hospitality, atmosphere, and great food all on a budget. There are a few T.V.s that aren’t too big but not too small. Monday’s special includes a 5oz juicy burger on a fluffy brioche bun, which includes always-fresh hot fries for a low five dollars. Tuesday is 50-cent wing night with a minimum order of 10, bringing the total for each person to five dollars. The soda is kind of pricey, with a can coming in at $1.75 (no refills), but the iced tea, sweet tea, and lemonade are $1.95, with free refills. If you are on a really low budget, I suggest ordering water, so your dinner for two is a cool $10.00 before tax on Monday or Tuesday.
Fortunato’s Italian Pizzeria is a laid-back place to grab a slice with your girl or guy, located on Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg. It’s a very friendly and spacious place that you will not be disappointed in. You are not waited on, but if you let that deter you, you are missing out on some delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven food. A slice of pizza starts at only $2.50 and is worth every penny, and if you don’t feel like some pizza you could always get a salad, starting at 2.95, including three reasonably sized garlic knots. A regular-sized drink is $1.50, and they have regular coke products along with four different flavors of Gold Peak Tea, which always tastes freshly brewed. Gregory Doyle and Summer Leary, a frequent customers of Fortunato’s, both agree, saying  “I enjoy when we go on dates here and the food is awesome.”
Ihookah is only for the 18-and-up crowd looking to take a date and relax on some comfortable couches and puff on some flavored shisha. They are located at 6541 54th Street North St. Petersburg. They have a variety of over 65 flavors of hookah, reasonably priced at $10. If you get thirsty while hanging out in this often crowed lounge, sodas start at $1. They have live sports games playing on every T.V. in the joint, ranging from soccer to football to baseball. They also have music playing all night, even sometimes have a DJ, and are open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
 So if your looking for a cheap date without looking like cheapskate, check out any one of these fine establishments around St. Petersburg, and whoever you bring along won’t be disappointed.
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