Olea Mezze Grill photo by Rob Bartlett
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Beth’s Burger Bar
24 E. Washington St., 407-650-4950, and 5145 S. Orange Ave., 407-888-1190; bethsburgerbar.com
A single burger is just $3.49; add a slice of Swiss (99 cents), some grilled onions and some mushrooms (75 cents) and you’ve still got enough of your 10-spot left for a side of frickles ($3.49).
Carmel Kitchen Wine Bar
Super Rico Colombian Bistro photo by Rob Bartlett
140 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-513-4912; carmel-kitchen.com
We tried the grilled lemon chicken and artichoke flatbread (with fontina, arugula, lemon and basil; $8.99) as part of their Bite 30 menu, and we can vouch: legit.
22 E. Washington St., 407-841-5626, and 2406 E. Robinson St., 407-896-5626; gringoslocos.net
Their tasty “street tacos” (soft corn tortillas filled with your choice of chicken, beef or roasted pork, topped with onion, cilantro and lime) are two for $5.49 or three for $7.49.
501 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-647-9099; kappyssubs.com
One of the most authentic diners in the area has amazingly low prices: Get a Philly cheese steak with sliced sirloin, provolone and onions for $5.75 and a root beer float for $2.55.
Lazy Moon Pizza
11551 University Blvd., 407-658-2396; lazymoonpizza.com
UCF-area pizza joint Lazy Moon has some of the best meal deals around – because college kids, I guess? You can’t beat the Boxcar Willy special: a gigantic slice and a pint of PBR for $4.75.
Mark’s Caribbean Cuisine
Beth's Burger Bar photo by Rob Bartlett
10034 University Blvd., 407-699-8800; healthyjamaicanfood.com
A big plate of love for $7.99: aromatic brown stew chicken served with rice and cabbage and a side of plantains. Don’t stint on the Scotch bonnet hot sauce.
Olea Mezze Grill
400 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-335-4958; oleagrill.com
bowl 8.29 (base, protein, tw spreads, toppings, dressing)
It’s one of those “Chipotle-style” joints: pick your grain base (basmati rice or couscous) and top with your choice of protein, spreads (like hummus or tzatziki) and toppings, plus a dressing if you want it, for $8.29.
Sloppy Taco Palace
4892 S. Kirkman Road, 407- 574-6474; stporlando.com
2 Sloppy Taco Basket
A two-“Sloppy Taco” basket comprises a pair of lightly fried, flaky flour tortilla shells stuffed with chicken, steak, pork or ground beef, plus pico de gallo, plus queso sauce, plus black beans and rice, plus OMG you’re gonna need a post-lunch nap ($7.95).
3162 E. Colonial Drive, 407-286-3390; smashburger.com
It’s a chain, but each location has a local specialty. Here it’s the Central Florida burger, with pimiento cheese spread, spicy brown mustard and fried green tomatoes for $6.29. Add Smashfries (tossed in olive oil, rosemary and garlic) for $1.99.
Super Rico Colombian Bistro
57 W. Central Blvd., 407-426-7007; superricocolombia.com
The “Spicy Perro” ($5) is a Nathan’s all-beef frank anointed with various “signature sauces,” topped with jalapeno relish, crumbled bacon and fried shoestring potatoes, and sprinkled with queso blanco. This dog’s got a bite.