The Orlando dining scene is quickly gaining notoriety for having a massive selection of really great food. Orlando is the most visited city in the U.S. (several years in a row) and among the top in the world. That being said, you can easily break the bank at all these 4 and 5 star restaurants on top of your vacation budget. Don’t go for broke! We’ve broken it down into the best budget friendly restaurants in Orlando, Florida. All restaurants on this list have options for less than $20.
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Best Fast Food Chains:
Tijuana Flats – Originally founded in Orlando, T-Flats has quickly become a go-to spot for UCF students and budget minded customers. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday where you get 2 tacos, chips, and a drink for $5.33
Pita Pit – Yummy, cheap, AND healthy fast food. You can build any kind of pita you want with incredibly fresh veggie options and this thing called Souvlaki (Mediterranean seasoned chicken) that will knock your socks off. Don’t be turned off by the “health food” atmosphere, you can also get Philly cheese steak, prime rib, and bacon.
BURGERFI – Simple menu with really good food. High quality ingredients and healthier options that can accommodate vegetarians, Paleo diet, and onion ring enthusiasts.
Firehouse Subs – Another place originating in Florida, Firehouse subs is hands down the best sub shop. The have more meat, cheeses, and toppings than other places and it’s higher quality ingredients for the same price.
Fuji Sushi Winter Park – My personal favorite sushi spot because of how yummy their special rolls are. If you like sweet rolls then you have to try the Honolulu Roll, Dessert Roll, and Dream Roll.
Koy Wan – All you can eat sushi for $13 a person. The have sashimi, nigiri, and special rolls. But wait, there’s more. They have hibachi and stir fry that’s cook to order, a salad bar, fresh mussels, clams, shrimp, traditional Chinese options, and a dessert bar.
Royal Indian – Really tasty and authentic Indian dishes in a quaint part of Casselberry but the food makes up for the location.
Thai Place – Honestly the best Thai food in Orlando. I’ve never had a bad dish or experience here.
Lac Viet Bistro – Downtown Orlando has a LOT of Vietnamese options and a lot of them are pretty good. My personal preference is Lac Viet because the inside is clean, updated, and nicely decorated.
Yellow Dog Eats – Seriously good southern BBQ located in Gotha. Try the Florida cracker, the holy crap, and the club Elvis. The inside is really cool looking and you used to be able to write on the walls but they’ve asked patrons to stop doing that.
Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa – A cool hipster place with great meat and even better Yuca fries. With most items less than $10 this budget friendly joint is a great value.
4 Rivers Smokehouse – Now this is really good southern food that locals go crazy for. The line is out the door during peak hours. Founded in Orlando, they’re spreading throughout Florida and it’s no wonder why. That mac and cheese tho.
Canopy Cafe – For some reason this place is always dead on a Saturday afternoon which is strange because their eggs Benedict is on point. They have a screened in patio that stays cool and the staff is friendly and quick. Great budget friendly breakfast.
White Wolf Cafe – A true favorite of most Winter Parkians, the White Wolf Cafe can get really busy and parking can be an issue. They also have a great eggs Benedict and weekend brunch mimosas are well priced.
First Watch – Have you noticed a theme? I love eggs Benedict. And First Watch has some BAMF smoked salmon eggs Benedict.
Mucho Tequila and Tacos – Quite frankly, the name says it all. Their happy hour has tacos for $2.50 and margaritas for $3.50. Yes please, I’ll have all of them.
El Potro Mexican Restaurant – Authentic Mexican food with lots of options and a buffet.
Paco’s – It might be childhood nostalgia, but this hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint has really great, authentic tacos.
Jimmy Hula’s – Another chain founded in Orlando, these burgers and fish tacos are unique, inventive, and obviously delicious. It has an island vibe with colorful decor, tropical ingredients, and the best fish tacos north of Key West.
Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen – Anyone who’s been to Nola will appreciate Tibby’s. They have authentic Cajun cuisine with the spirit of Mardi Gras complete with ladders, beads, and artwork from Jackson Square. They have jambalaya, gumbo, Po boy’s, and BEIGNETS!
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