Dining Deals, Not Dollar 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. Santiago's Bodega on the other hand, is a well known tapas venue that generally comes with a higher tab, but its happy hour and weekend brunch options offers hungry gourmands an excellent opportunity to fill plates and bellies with its fine fare. Orlando has more than a few great Vietnamese options in town, and Banh Mi Nha Trang barely has chairs, let alone a dining room – but its friendly staff and truly unbeatable $3.50 sandwiches earn it a place on the list. And down at the theme parks, Moroccan masters do their due diligence at EPCOT’s Tangierine Cafe, where Disney-goers' plates are piled seriously high with flavorful Middle Eastern fast-casual fare that will easily sustain them as they make their way through the World Showcase.  

Generous portions of lamb, chicken, falafel and more fill the reinforced paper plates at the Tangierine Cafe, a fast-casual dining option in "Morocco" at Epcot's World showcase. You'll definitely want a tray for your order. Tabouli and lentils...  Read More

The Relax Grill is casual, comfortable and nothing fancy, but with nightly drink specials (Fridays, for example feature $10 AYCE beer and $15 AYCE wine) and a gorgeous location on the shores of Lake Eola, you can't beat it. Menu is a mixed bag...  Read More

The Meatball Stoppe
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Meatballs: so simple " a small, round hunks of deliciousness from your Nonna's kitchen, laden with garlic, spices, just the right amount of fat. Top 'em with sauce or cheese or both. Lay them gently onto a bed of pasta or polenta. Smash them...  Read More

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Thought tucked into the confines of an unremarkable shopping center, for Venezuelan comfort food, Q'Kenan is tops. Cachapas, arepas and empanadas are just three of the stars on a vast menu that's drizzled with smooth crema and dressed with rice,...  Read More

To be fair, this tony tapas outpost is well known for many things, but being a one-dollar-sign venue is not one of them. On Saturdays and Sundays, however, Santiago's Bodega offers a brunch option. For $45 per person, you can partake of its...  Read More

Kimchi's small, clean operation is a delight for those living nearby its SoDo (south of downtown) location, but there are some who make a longer drive just to partake of the colorful and fresh bibimbap, comforting japchae and easy-to-scarf...  Read More

South Orlando

Tu Casa is an apt name for this small, friendly venue; many of its regulars (and take our word for it, there are many, many regulars) say the fare is comparable to the stuff mom or grandma serves at home. Largely Dominican but with nods to other...  Read More

Orlando has a vibrant food truck scene and among its many jewels is Bem Bom, which specializes in Portuguese cuisine with gourmet tacos and some delightful pastries, to boot. It's friendly proprietor, whose childhood was spent in the archipelago...  Read More

Banh Mi Nha Trang
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This shop is nestled into the far reaches of a tiny, aging plaza near the Mills 50 intersection. There are no tables save the folding plastic one, on which might find a few errant catalogs or Vietnamese newspapers. Several chairs for waiting or...  Read More


You can get three tacos on special at Tako Cheena for $8.95, but you'll likely want to spend a little more. Why? Because it's freakin' delicious, that's why. This place is small, friendly and exceedingly local in vibe, but its food is a...  Read More


Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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