Great Dining Deals, No $1 Menus: Best Value Venues in Orlando

A.D. Thompson

By , Local Expert, Orlando
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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 »

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    Tako Cheena

    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."

     
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    The Ravenous Pig

    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. "

     
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    Relax Grill at Lake Eola

    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. "

     
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    Crave - Orlando

    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."

     
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    Banh Mi Nha Trang

    • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
    • Average Main Course Price: $3
    • Neighborhood: Colonialtown

    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."

     
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    Q'Kenan

    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. "

     
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    Pho 88

    • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: Colonialtown

    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. "

     
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    Teppan Edo

    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. "

     
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    Bem Bom Food Truck

    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!"

     
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    Nacho Mama's

    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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