Midday Munchies: Orlando’s Best Lunchtime Eateries

If you are like me, a tasty lunch can make or break your day and that’s especially true when on vacation in Orlando. Whether you are looking for a midday break from the theme parks or a delicious afternoon outing, I am sharing the best restaurants for lunch in Orlando to make that decision easy. This blog post sums up over twenty unique options to get lunch at around the city.

I have divided this post up by location, so you can find Orlando lunch options Downtown, in Winter Park, near the theme parks, and beyond. This post also includes lunches of all kinds from a simple sandwich to a three-course meal. I have also tried to highlight restaurants that offer a discounted lunch menu so you can get more bang for your buck. As of 2023, these are my picks for the best restaurants for lunch in Orlando.

the best restaurants for lunch in Orlando

Downtown Orlando Lunch Restaurants

For lunch restaurants around Downtown, Lake Baldwin, Thorton Park, The Mills, and that general area, I have identified eight spots that make for an excellent Orlando lunch. These include affordable counter-service options and sit-down lunch options. All are casual and if you go during the week, will not be too crowded.

1. Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food – Tamales and Tacos

For a quick and satisfying Mexican lunch, Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food has an assortment of tamales and Mexican street food to choose from. For $11 you can get a plate of two tamales, rice, and beans, which makes for a delectable lunch. Everything on the menu is gluten-free and they have vegan options as well.

tamale co in hourglass district orlando

2. Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria – Paninis and Salads

For a cozy lunch in Orlando, locals love Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria. In addition to a huge selection of tea, you can chow down on over two dozen panini options all for less than $13. Favorites include the Thanksgiving sandwich, the Billy Chang, and the harvest salad for vegetarians. You can also order to go if you want to have a picnic.

3. Black Bean Deli – Classic Cuban Lunch

For some of the best Cuban food in Orlando, Black Bean Deli is a must-visit. They have a Cuban sandwich special for only $9 that goes until 3 PM daily. This includes a 5” Cuban sandwich, rice, and black beans and it is more than enough for a filling lunch! Of course, they also have bowls, plates, and other sandwiches for any type of meal you desire.  

black bean deli cuban sandwich and rice and beans

4. Reyes Mezcaleria – Traditional Mexican Food

For a Mexican meal in a botanical atmosphere, check out the enchiladas and empanadas of Reyes Mezcaleria. Their lunch menu has different options from the dinner menu at a reduced price. If you are in the mood for a festive lunch, be sure to try their zesty tequila and mezcal cocktails.

5. Dharma Southern Kitchen – Hearty Vegan Cuisine

Dharma Southern Kitchen is another Orlando breakfast place beloved by vegans and carnivores alike! I have been here many times and still can’t believe all the comfort food creations they have that are also vegan. The chick’n sandwiches, BBQ jackfruit, and peach sloppy joe are all amazing dairy and meat-free options for lunch.

dixie dharma tampa

6. Beefy King – No Frills Sandwiches

Everyone needs to try Beefy King before they can call themselves a true Orlando local. This institution I known for its giant and tasty sandwiches that cost less than $7! Do not let its humble location fool you, as there is a reason this place has been open since 1968.

7. Eola General – Bagels and Breakfast Sandwiches

One of the Orlando places I frequent most for lunch is Eola General. This place has the best sandwiches on fresh bread. On a nice day, I love sitting outside and enjoying a lox sandwich and a cold brew, or beer if it’s a weekend! They have a variety of gluten-free and vegan options as well, so there is something for everyone here.

lake eola restaurants

8. Maxine’s On Shine – Elevated Diner Brunch

If you are in a brunch mood, Maxine’s on Shine is the crème de la crème of Orlando. You can get brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 10 AM.  I love trying the different eggs benedict options and always get some fried green tomatoes. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is popular!

Lunch Options Near the Theme Parks

The Orlando theme parks are so much fun, but going all day every day can be exhausting. I usually recommend people go right at opening and then later in the evening while taking a midday break. This is when it’s most crowded and the hottest, so it’s the perfect time to skip out! Even better, you can enjoy one of these restaurants for lunch in Orlando during your midday break! I have included a variety of options, all a quick drive from the theme parks.

9. Maple Street Biscuit Company – Counter Service Biscuit Sandwiches & More

My favorite place to get lunch after a Disney World morning is Maple Street Biscuit Company. This quick-service eatery is located in Celebration and is a less than fifteen-minute drive to the Disney World theme parks. In addition to biscuits and fried chicken, there are also grits, eggs, and all sorts of Southern breakfast favorites. Keep in mind, that it does get very crowded on weekend mornings! But for a quick, cheap, and delicious meal, this is my top pick.

maple street biscuit company St. Augustine

10. Mia’s Italian Kitchen – Innovative Italian Dishes

For an Italian meal that always hits the mark, Mia’s Italian Kitchen is an authentic crowd-pleaser. Their lunch menu is similar to dinner with their excellent pizza slices, pasta dishes being served, as well as some unique Italian sandwiches. If you come on the weekend, you can even try a bottomless brunch with all the pasta, pizza, and brunch dishes you can imagine! Located on I-Drive, it’s a convenient midday break location with much better food than you can get at Universal

11. The Whiskey – Burgers and Pub Grub

Over on Sand Lake, another of my favorite places to get lunch in Orlando is The Whiskey. This refined pub serves up some of the best burgers in Orlando with an endless selection of toppings, like a bourbon poached pear and bacon burger or the pesto shroom and swiss burger. Though I would have a hard time not getting a burger, you can also dine on salads, steaks or small plates for lunch at The Whiskey.

12. Earl of Sandwich – Disney Springs Sandwiches

For a quick Disney World lunch outside the theme parks, Earl of Sandwich is always a favorite. There are dozens of options to choose from, from a holiday turkey sandwich to a meatball sub. For $9 or less, this is by far the cheapest lunch you can get on Disney World property and it tastes delicious too!

Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs

13. Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine – African Specialties

For an exotic dining experience that is hard to find in most American cities, Selam is an affordable and delicious option. This Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant is known for kifto, lentil samosas, and more. With most entrees under $20 and the location just minutes from Disney World, theme park goers can have an awesome midday meal outside the parks.

14. The Polite Pig – Disney Springs Barbecue

Both delicious and fast, The Polite Pig is a counter-service barbeque restaurant perfect for lunch. A couple can easily share a platter with the meat of their choice and a couple of sides (or a meal of all sides for vegans!) for less than $30 total. They also have tasty cocktails and indoor and outdoor seating.

polite pig sandwich

15. Gostoso Bakery – Brazilian Bakery

If you want a unique lunch, Gostoso offers authentic Brazillian food right on I-Drive. Here, you will find Churrasco sandwiches, burgers on a cheese bread bun, and even a mortadella pistachio cheese sandwich.  If you prefer to snack instead, they also have empanadas, yucca soups, and more. Just be sure to get something for dessert because no local leaves without the Brazilian Flan and the chocolately brigadeiro

Winter Park Lunch Restaurants

If you are a foodie, head to Winter Park for a delectable assortment of restaurants for lunch in Orlando. This neighborhood features many of the fan favorites locals love, like The Ravenous Pig and Briar Patch. Here, I have highlighted some smaller Winter Park spots that make for a tasty and unique lunch. If you want even more recommendations, be sure to check out my guide to the Top Winter Park Restaurants.

16. Ethos Vegan Kitchen – Vegan Comfort Food

Winter Park is arguably the best Orlando area for vegan options, and Ethos Vegan Kitchen is my favorite. This is an ideal lunch restaurant where you can get sandwiches and comfort food, such as “crabb” cakes and “meat”loaf. Most meals are under $15, which makes for an affordable and meat-free lunch.

17. Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa – Barbecue Fusion

Another one of my favorite restaurants for lunch in Orlando is Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa. This barbecue meets Mexican, meets Asian, spot has zesty creations like Pulled Pork Banh Mi and Korean Kimcheeze Tacos. I find the bento boxes with ribs, rice & beans, and spring rolls to satisfy all my cravings in just one lunch!

pig floyds urban barbakoa in downtown orlando

18. Meza – Traditional Mediterranean

 For a healthy and satisfying lunch in Orlando, Meza is a tasty spot for all. You can order classic hot and cold meza dishes like halloumi and kibbeh at cheaper prices than during dinner. There is also a wide variety of options for salads, kabobs, and wraps that include flavorful meats, fresh veggies, and of course plenty of Mediterranean spices.

19. The Glass Knife – Salads and Sandwiches

For a cozy lunch, try The Glass Knife. Though this cafe is known for its sweet desserts, the savory lunches are equally delicious. You can enjoy a healthy meal like a salmon niçoise salad or an indulgent pimento cheese croissant. Make sure to save room for dessert if you like sweets!

Glass Knife Dessert

20. Prato – Modern Italian

For a modern Italian meal, Prato serves up a variety of pasta, pizza, and insalata options in a stylish setting. It is practically mandatory to get an order of meatballs that will have the whole table’s mouths watering. The lunch menu is offered Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM and has paninis that are not offered at dinner time.

Lunch in Lake Nona, Winter Garden, and Beyond

To end this post, I wanted to mention some other excellent lunch restaurants in the Greater Orlando Area. This includes areas such as Lake Nona, Winter Garden, and Edgewood, which are outside the main city. If you want a change of scenery and are looking to escape downtown or the theme park areas, take a drive to one of these five options for a fantastic lunch in Orlando.

21. Bosphorus – Authentic Turkish Cuisine

For a delicious Mediterranean lunch, Bosphorus is one of our go-to’s. There are locations in Winter Park, Winter Garden, Lake Non, and Dr. Phillips and there is a discounted lunch menu. You can get the kebaps, rice pilaf, and vegetable dishes for less than $20! Andrew and I find it easy to split one of these and an appetizer for a hearty, yet healthy lunch,

bosphorous park ave

23. DaJen Eats – Caribbean Vegan Food

Foodies need to drive up to Eatonville and give DaJen Eats a try. This restaurant is known for serving amazing Caribbean food that also happens to be vegan! You can build a bowl with Jamaican rice, peas, rainbow broccoli slaw, and a variety of different plant-based proteins for $12. The sides are also amazing with surprisingly delicious vegan jerk mac and cheese and buffalo cauliflower. Make sure to save room for dessert, as the dairy-free ice cream is not to be missed!

22. Park Pizza & Brewing Company – Pizza and Craft Beer

You can have lunch at one of the top breweries in Orlando in Lake Nona. Park Pizza & Brewing Co. not only has excellent in-house brewed beer but also awesome pizza and an enjoyable atmosphere for the whole family! For those craving a sandwich instead, you can also get that daily, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. Pizza

24. Perrotti’s New York Deli – Subs and Wraps

With so many transplants in Florida, Perrotti’s New York Deli offers a piece of home for many. This Winter Garden sandwich shop has all your favorite New York sandwiches from a Classic Italian to a Pastrami on Rye. The ingredients are super fresh and the portions are pretty big for a $7 sub. This spot beats Jersey Mikes on taste and price any day. 

25. Yellow Dog Eats – Barbecue and Sandwiches

For a groovy lunch in Orlando, Yellow Dog Eats has an awesome patio and barbecue food, including options for vegans. The large sammies have a unique array of toppings on them and cost between $12 to $14.With frequent live music and so many cozy spots to eat, it has something for everyone!

yellow dog eats orlando

Know Before You Go: The Best Lunch Spots in Orlando

I hope this guide was able to help you choose which lunch restaurants in Orlando to grab a bite at. Regardless if you are in the mood for an indulgent lunch or a quick sandwich, you can find what you need in any part of Orlando! Here are some quick tips to keep in mind before having lunch in Orlando.

  • It is customary to tip 20% in Orlando and most restaurants do not include this in the final bill unless you have a large party.
  • Many Orlando lunch restaurants take reservations, often on Open Table. Check out the restaurants’ webpage before going to avoid a wait, especially with a large party!
  • The best way to save money in Orlando when going out to eat is to go to places further from the theme parks and tourist destinations.
  • The dress code is casual for most restaurants in Orlando, especially during lunch.
  • Most restaurants in the area have free parking, but if you plan to enjoy drinks with your meal, taking an Uber/Lyft is safe and convenient.

Have you been to Orlando? If you have, let me know what your favorite lunch spot is! For more recommendations for eating out in Orlando, check out my neighborhood guide for restaurants in the area.

where to eat lunch in Orlando for $15 or less