Lunch Rush: Orlando's Best Places to Mangia Midday

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 the Milk District and sample the wares of Orlando's famed and beloved Beefy King the versatile menu at Pom Pom's or the giant, hulking handhelds of Big As's Sandwich. 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. Not far away from Church Street in SoDo, a more casual but just-as-delish option lies in Mediterranean Blue, where the salads are crisp and the gyros will make you say "opa!" Over in Winter Park, enjoy wonderful sammies alongside stellar and sinfully sweet Thai iced coffee at Krung Thep Tea Time and some of (if not THE) best biscuits and gravy in town await up in Sanford at Chef Nat Russell's casual, friendly fave, the Tennessee Truffle.

Dexter's of Winter Park
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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

Mediterranean Blue isn't big. It isn't fancy. What is it? Clean, friendly, family-run, authentic and Greek. And friendly. Yes, we're saying it twice on purpose. Sandwiches - including gyro and falafel, of course - with a wide array of add-ons...  Read More

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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

Some people take their sandwiches seriously, and while the atmosphere (not to mention the punctuation) at Bad As's Sandwich is relaxed, the food is serious as the proverbial heart attack. Which could end up literal if you eat here every day....  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

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 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

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

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

The biscuit – buttery, flaky, undeniably Southern – is the vehicle by which the creative stylings of Chef Nat Russell's often French-infused fare is delivered to your food hole at this casual, charming little gem on Sanford's 1st street, a...  Read More


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