Big Flavor at Small Prices: 15 Budget Bites in Orlando


Big Flavor at Small Prices: 15 Budget Bites in Orlando

Treat your group to mouthwatering meals at budget prices in Orlando.

Updated January 2019

With more than 5,000 restaurants to choose from, dining in Orlando is an endless adventure packed with celebrity chefs, James Beard honorees, globally inspired menus and farm-to-table freshness — but that doesn’t mean it has to take a bite out of your attendees’ wallets! For food that’s big on taste but small on price, check out 15 acclaimed restaurants that satisfy without breaking the bank in Orlando.

Budget-Friendly Dining in Orlando’s Tourism District

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1. Bartaco

Inspired by the beach cultures of Brazil, Uruguay and southern California, Bartaco is part of Orlando’s famous Restaurant Row, just minutes from the convention district. Their fresh taco creations start at just $2.50 each with many options for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike, with choices like Portobello With Queso Fresco, Cauliflower and Falafel being perfect for the latter.

2. Beth’s Burger Bar

Having started in downtown Orlando, Beth’s has since expanded to the convention district with a location on Universal Boulevard, close to Universal Orlando Resort™, plus another location in South Orlando. Their mouthwatering menu, which includes handcrafted milkshakes, has earned multiple “Best Local Burger” awards, and everything on the menu is priced under $10.

3. Mrs. Potato

Less than 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, this restaurant has been showcased on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They specialize in Brazilian cuisine, particularly — and as the name implies — rösti and baked potato dishes, priced at $8-$10 on average. While you’re there, you can also chow down on grilled chicken and steak entrées, burgers, empanadas and desserts.

4. Q’Kenan

This eatery offers a cornucopia of Venezuelan and Latin plates less than 10 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort. Many items are priced under $10, including empanadas for less than $4, arepas for less than $7, cachapas for less than $9, and the daily lunch special for just $7.25.

5. Sofrito Latin Café

Just a short distance from Walt Disney World, this eatery serves a variety of entrées, sides and desserts made famous in countries such as Argentina, Columbia and Cuba. The menu features delicacies like sweet plantains, Argentinian empanadas and mini tequeños, and thanks to tapas-style small plates priced at $2-$6 each, trying a little of everything is easy.

Budget-Friendly Dining Throughout Orlando

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6. Banh Mi Nha Trang

Locally famous, this mom-and-pop shop creates authentic Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with a variety of toppings at the border of downtown Orlando and our Mills 50 dining and nightlife district. The eatery is also shockingly affordable with all subs priced at $5.50 or less, but keep in mind that they’re a cash-only operation.

7. Beefy King

This family-owned and operated establishment started off serving their signature hot, fresh, roast beef sandwiches more than 50 years ago in Orlando’s Milk District, close to downtown. They’ve since expanded to turkey, pastrami, corned beef and other favorites, and all sandwiches start at just $3.55. Wash it all down with a hand-spun milkshake, and don’t forget the Beefy Spuds (aka tater tots)!

8. Gringos Locos

This local favorite sticks to a simple menu of fresh tacos, burritos and sides, which you can enjoy at four locations in downtown Orlando, including one at the Amway Center. For a late-night meal, their Double D — a queso-filled soft tortilla wrapped around a crunchy taco — can’t be beat at just $3.39, and they offer $2 tacos daily from 4-8 p.m.

9. Hot Dog Heaven

Between authentic Chicago hot dogs at less than $4 each, and a wealth of other dog options priced at under $5, it’s no wonder this venue east of downtown Orlando was named the Best Hot Dog in Florida for 2018 by TheDailyMeal.com! Choose from chili dogs, jalapeno and cheddar dogs, and even Italian chicken sausages, which all pair nicely with sides like French fries, coleslaw and baked beans.

10. King Bao

Head to Orlando’s Mills 50 district, just north of downtown, for fluffy, steamed buns with delectable fillings for less than $4 a pop. Not quite a taco, not quite a wrap, bao options range from savory to sweet. Two local favorites are the Tarzan, a fried bao with Nutella, bananas and powdered sugar, and the Hogzilla, featuring thick-cut braised pork belly.

11. Mamak Asian Street Food

This Mills 50 restaurant serves a modern interpretation of classic Asian cuisine at affordable price points. How affordable? Small plates cost about $4-$6 and are perfect for sharing, while full-sized dishes are usually $8-$10. Plus, the authentic flavors include a mix of origins, such as Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, with dishes like Yangzhou Fried Rice, Satay and Korean Ramen.

12. Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria

Located next to Orlando Executive Airport east of downtown Orlando, this local legend offers a mélange of delicious sandwiches, side salads, sweets and loose-leaf teas. Try the Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving sandwich, a famous favorite with turkey, gouda, stuffing, ginger cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes and creamed cheese with a side of gravy for $9.50.

13. Se7en Bites

Visited by Guy Fieri for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and beloved by locals, this eatery in Orlando’s Milk District sources fresh, local ingredients as often as possible to create modern twists on Southern comfort food. Everything on the regular menu can be had for less than $10, including breakfast, lunch, dessert and brunch favorites like Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken Pot Pie and more.

14. Sticky Rice

Just east of Mills 50, this casual restaurant specializes in Lao street food. Menu items are $5 or less each, including richly flavored options like lemongrass pork sausages, spicy papaya salad and mango sticky rice. This place is so affordable that, not counting beverages, you can buy one of everything for just $61!

15. Tako Cheena

Merging Asian and Latin American flavors, this fusion restaurant in the Mills 50 district is a unique Orlando original. In addition to their signature “takos,” such as Thai Peanut Chicken, Indian Yellow Curry and other wild combinations, you can also try a Banh Mi Hot Dog or Korean Burrito, all priced at $10 or less per item.

Cover image: Se7en Bites in Orlando’s Milk District

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