Lunch Rush: Sample the Best Midday Menus in Orlando

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab-and-go or a venue suitable for power lunching, Orlando’s options are many. In the classic sandwich category, head to hip Ivanhoe Village and sample the wares of Chef Jason Schofield’s This ‘N’ That Eats, where the pork is plentiful whether belly, confit or in the form of thick-cut bacon. Over in the Milk District, Beefy King and Pom Pom’s are solid options, the former a roast beef haven for four decades, the latter a haven for creative, modern sandwiches. Bring clients, colleagues or your boss (definitely your boss) to Chef Kathleen Blake’s lauded Rusty Spoon where lunchtime brings with it farm-to-table goodness from a kitchen helmed by a two-time James Beard Award Nominee. Down near Universal, you can’t go wrong with a flat sammie at Hot Krust Panini Kitchen and in Winter Park, you can get an Asian version at KrungThep Tea Time, along with some stellar, sinfully sweet Thai iced coffee.

Dexter's of Winter Park
Photo courtesy of Dexter's of Winter Park

Warm, house-made banana bread? Creamy cheddar-grits with savory Andouille sausage and shrimp? How about the aptly named "Hot Mess," a big 'ol plate of biscuits and fried chicken topped with fried eggs and sausage gravy? It's a plate you'll see...  Read More


When Jimmy Fallon was in town, he asked his Twitter followers where to eat. As the Internet is not short on opinions, suggestions piled up quickly, but one sandwich joint rose above all the rest: Beefy King, which has been stuffing Orlandoans...  Read More

Serving up tasty fast-casual eats from its comfortable Dr. Phillips digs, this cheery "paninery" does up a multitude of classic pressed sandwiches with fresh, locally made bread and house-roasted meats, which makes a big difference when it comes...  Read More

Heavenly coffee (try the Thai iced; sweet and superb!) and tea and ridiculous-good brick toast desserts make KrungThep well worth a visit, but it's pressed sandwiches, each available as a salad if you're forgoing bread, make for a fine lunch...  Read More

The dandelion, an edible flower that we're quick to call a weed, is a mascot of sorts for this quirky organic teahouse. You'll first be reminded of the caf�'s namesake when you view the exterior (bright green with yellow shutters) and...  Read More

Whether your early-morning routine leans more toward steel-cut oatmeal and Greek yogurt or black pepper-crusted bacon, there is a lot to love about starting your day at Artisan's Table. Locally sourced ingredients are the norm here, as are...  Read More

The motto says it all: American food, European roots, locally sourced. This organic gastropub-style restaurant encompasses a vast, airy space on Church Street, making it an ideal place to begin or end a bout of downtown exploration. Sourced from...  Read More

Oh, K...when will the love affair end? Please say never. This College Park restaurant is an across-the-board favorite for down-home burger lovers and duck confit aficionados and everyone in between. Its menu is like Forrest Gump's proverbial box...  Read More

Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
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Pom Pom's is a small, arty little joint in the Bumby vein of the Milk District, a predictably hipsteresque but very friendly haunt with an array of generous fresh salads, homemade soups, a veritable library of teas and a creative, extensive...  Read More


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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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