Best Cheap Eats in Central Florida

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Athena Roasted Chicken
487 S. Orlando Avenue, Maitland, Florida
(407) 539-0669

A low-key Greek café with counter service located at the Shoppes of Maitland, Athena features tender and juicy fresh-roasted rotisserie chicken along with homemade sides – the perfect spot to grab a take-out dinner. My favorite menu item is the Zesta Feta with Chicken – “chicken stripped from the bone and topped with zesty feta spread wrapped in a grilled pita.” Other highlights include Gyro on Pita, Tahini Gyro, Chicken Gyro, Chicken Cypriana, Chicken Taboule Wrap, BBQ Chicken on Pita, Roasted Chicken on Pita, Turkey Mediterranean, Roast Pork, Tahini Pita Wrap, Taboule Wrap, Vegetarian Pita, Spinach Pie (Spanokopita), Mousaka and more.

Beefy King
425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando, Florida
(407) 894-2241

“Home of the Real Roast Beef Sandwich.” A local landmark since 1968, Beefy King serves up delicious steamed roast beef sandwiches and tater tots, as well as barbecue beef and pork, ham, pastrami, turkey and corned beef. Newcomers to Orlando are always directed to make a visit to Beefy King and see what all the fuss is about!

Beth’s Burger Bar – Orlando
5145 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida
(407) 888-1190
9938 Universal Boulevard, Suite #120, Orlando, Florida
(407) 203-8100

Voted “Best Local Burger of 2018” by Orlando Weekly, Beth’s Burger Bar features a “highly customizable build-a-burger menu” and creates the atmosphere of “a late-night big kid’s diner.” In addition, Beth’s offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, as well as wines. Asked who her customers were in an Orlando magazine interview, founder and owner Beth Steele remarked, “Business people during the day, families in the evenings, the drunkie bears at night.”

Cariera’s Fresh Italian
1041 S. Dillard Street, Winter Garden, Florida
(407) 554-3622
The original Cariera’s Fresh Italian was located in The Marketpalce at Dr. Phillips. The adult children of the owners recently opened a new Cariera’s Fresh Italian in Winter Garden and the food is simply amazing (just like at the original!). Cariera’s offers counter service and serves nice portions of fresh made Italian food at reasonable prices. I personally recommend the Calabrese Flatbread (“Light Marinara Sauce Topped With a Provolone Mozzarella Blend With Spicy Calabrese”). and the Cheese Ravioli.

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