Hunting for lunch? A few ideas for students

The lunch hunt is on for many hungry USF St. Petersburg students during those precious few minutes between classes.

The plans for the new Chick-fil-a Express in Coquina Club are slowing due to renovation plans and red tape. Owner David Neely said the opening is probably a few months away.

So if packing a lunch mid-way through the semester is growing old, here are a few places to try.

Coney Island Grill

The old-style restaurant cranks out consistent diner-style food every day except Sundays.

Chili dogs, BLT’s, hamburgers and milk shakes have been a main staple in the St. Petersburg shop for over 82 years. The historic experience is pleasant and the price is almost the lowest anywhere downtown.

Tavern at Bayboro

Of course, the USF St. Petersburg campus would not be the same without the Tavern.

Alexis Stillwell recently met Dan Delmonte, fellow USF St. Petersburg business student, at the Tavern to discuss a class project. With a Sangria setting next to her on the table, Stillwell said she loves the Tavern because it serves alcohol.

Delmonte said he gets the ham and swiss Tennessee Williams sandwich when eating at the Tavern. Another student, Orve Johanson, said he loves the Tavern’s Cuban sandwiches.


While a little expensive, Stillwell’s favorite lunch spot off campus is Ceviche’s Pincho y Pincho. The restaurant boasts an elegant yet simple experience with excellent service.

“People don’t know this but they’re open for lunch. It’s really good,” said Stillwell.

Moon Under Water

Just a short walk from Straub Park and Bay Walk, Moon Under Water has a British-Colonial feel and boasts cubans, burgers and salads for lunch.

“They have good beers on tab,” said Emily Waynewright, junior at USF St. Petersburg and Moon Under Water server.