Great Dining Deals, No $1 Menus: Best Value Venues in Orlando
Who’s to say what “best value” really means? Price may be a factor but doesn’t what you get for your money figure in? With that in mind, 10Best presents a list of eateries – food truck to fine dining – we believe deliver on that promise, though not all in precisely the same way. Take Bem Bom, for example, which proffers exquisite Portuguese cuisine – right down to its delicate custards – for a very reasonable price, and all out the window of a food truck. Winter Park’s Ravenous Pig on the other hand is a very well known gastropub that comes with a higher tab, but its monthly pig roast is a feast for the eyes – and the belly –... Read more »
- Cuisine: Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Cuban, Filipino, Latin
- Average Main Course Price: $9
- Neighborhood: Colonialtown
Tako Cheena's fusion fare looks good. It tastes good. It's fresh. And it's cheap. Trifecta +1.
Local Expert Tip: "Try the Tako Cheena trio: any 3 House Takos for $8."
Ravenous Pig's monthly roast is a casual prix fixe at one of Orlando's favorite higher-end hangs.
Local Expert Tip: "Happen to have a Ravenous Pig T-shirt or hat from a previous visit? Wear it and get another 15% off your tab at the roast. "
- Cuisine: American, European, Greek, Middle Eastern
- Average Main Course Price: $13
- Neighborhood: Downtown
Relax Grill's best feature is its sublime location along the shores of Orlando's beautiful metropolitan lake -- an exceptional added value.
Local Expert Tip: "Locals are mostly in the know, but Lake Eola's majestic fountain lights up with colors and music -- the shows run twice nightly. Catch it from the Relax patio. "
- Cuisine: American, Asian, Burger, Fusion, Latin, Peruvian
- Average Main Course Price: $30
- Neighborhood: Universal
Crave's multiple-choice Happy Hour menu makes it a natural for groups looking to order big and share while imbibing.
Local Expert Tip: "Crave's $12 all-inclusive lunch specials include tax, tip and a soft drink."
In a city rife with quality Vietnamese, Banh Mi Nha Trang stands out as authentic, friendly and as good as it is cheap. Beat that.
Local Expert Tip: "This is NOT an eat-in place unless you're one person and time your visit right. Plan on taking out. Can't wait? There's a bench about four steps out the door where you can sit down and scarf away."
Q'Kenan is a Venezuelan oasis of authenticity amid a sea of chain restaurants.
Local Expert Tip: "Try the madurito, A "sandwich" of sorts where your meat and fixings are served between fried, sweet plantains instead of bread. "
A colossal menu makes Pho 88 ideal for Zimmernesque wannabes whose companions are less adventurous, and vice versa. Good prices and portions, as well.
Local Expert Tip: "Pho 88 is in a great area for exploring the wonderfully diverse Mills50 district - cute shops, great bars and restaurants. Take a look around before or after your meal. "
Adult entrees may average around $25, but remember: Teppan Edo is theme-park dining. Great service,... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "As is the case with many Disney finer-dining establishments, Teppan Edo gets busy. Forget "recommended," reservations are a must. "
The phrase "gourmet food truck" is thrown around quite a bit these days. Bem Bom lives up to it.
Local Expert Tip: "Waits can be a little long for a food truck but are well worth it for exceptionally fresh fare. And the mango painted fish tacos? Bem bom, indeed!"
Nacho Mama's reproves the old adage about great, local, divey Mexican joints. And if there isn't an old adage about that, there should be.
Local Expert Tip: "Nacho Mama's offers lunch specials and does great street tacos -- cheap! -- and a nice brisket quesadilla if the ginormous burritos seems daunting. "
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