Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10 under $10: Where to get the best grilled cheese, tacos, roti and more cheap eats

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Once again, welcome to our cheap-eats roundup. In honor of National Sandwich Month (August), this month's edition is all sandwiches! Well, a taco is a kind of sandwich, right? And a roti ... and a hot dog ... OK, there are just a lot of sandwiches this month. Bon appetit, cheapo!

click to enlarge Butter chicken taco at Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa: one is plenty, but two are still under $10. - PHOTO BY JESSICA BRYCE YOUNG
  • photo by Jessica Bryce Young
  • Butter chicken taco at Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa: one is plenty, but two are still under $10.

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa

1326 N. Mills Ave., 407-203-0866, pigfloyds.com
The butter chicken taco ($2.95 each; one is perfectly satisfying; two would be plenty) is juicy chopped chicken and jasmine rice topped with creamy orange tikka masala sauce, pickled jalapeños, roasted pumpkin seeds and cilantro, drizzled with yogurt “crema” and served on a flour tortilla. Aaahhh.

Artisan’s Table
22 E. Pine St., 407-730-7499, artisanstableorlando.com
We’ve developed an unhealthy attachment to the grilled gorgonzola sandwich (tomato, bacon, gorgonzola cheese and balsamic caramelized onions on multigrain bread, $8) and equally strong feelings for its side, the city’s best pasta salad, a buttery-shalloty Israeli couscous.

Border Grill
5695 Vineland Road, 407-352-0101, bordergrillorlando.weebly.com
The torta, aka “Mexican style sandwich,” is a crowd-pleaser: We like the asada, served on a soft roll with mayo, refried beans (in the sandwich!), lettuce, tomatoes and sliced avocado. Comes with chips and salsa for $6.79.

click to enlarge Grilled cheese at La Femme du Fromage: get happy hour prices between 3-5 p.m. - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Grilled cheese at La Femme du Fromage: get happy hour prices between 3-5 p.m.

La Femme du Fromage

3201 Corrine Drive, 407-571-9947, lafemmedufromage.com
Tonda Corrente’s cheese stall at East End Market serves up a dreamy grilled cheese sandwich – we’re talking a serious four-cheese blend on Olde Hearth bread, not some Kraft Singles-on-Wonder mess – and from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, it’s just $3 for a half or $6 for a whole (which is why this year we gave it a Best of Orlando Writers’ Pick: “Best Excuse for a Late Lunch”).

Frank & Stein’s
150 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-412-9230; 200 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-636-6757, frankandsteins.com
Brighten up the workday with the German dog: a beer brat topped with sauerkraut, diced onion and spicy beer mustard on a pretzel bun for $6. (Keep that beer theme going by adding a pint of Genessee Cream Ale for $3.50 and stay under $10.)

Genoa’s Heroes
1515 Lee Road, 407-291-1165
This new sandwich spot says it offers “over-stuffed” heroes; we say it deals in overstuffed customers. The Italian Stallion (salami, sopressata, capicolla, prosciutto and pepperoni, with roasted red peppers plus all the usual sub toppings; $8.99) will gallop right over you.

Mediterranean Blue
435 E. Michigan St., 407-422-2583, mediterraneanblue.net
It may seem counterintuitive to order the “Provence sandwich” in a Greek restaurant, but trust us: The sliced ham, Brie, herbes de Provence-infused butter and Dijon mustard on “artisan bread,” served hot ($6.70), is the right idea.

Mellow Mushroom
multiple locations, mellowmushroom.com
The portobello Reuben hoagie ($6.49 for a half) is a huge, “meaty” sandwich stuffed with grilled portobello mushrooms, Swiss cheese, Bavarian-style sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing on a crunchy rye roll. You may need to take a desk nap if you finish this monster.

click to enlarge Chana roti at Singh's Roti Shop: tastes so much better than it looks. - PHOTO BY JESSICA BRYCE YOUNG
  • photo by Jessica Bryce Young
  • Chana roti at Singh's Roti Shop: tastes so much better than it looks.

Singh’s Roti Shop

5244 Old Winter Garden Road, 407-253-2900, singhsrotishopnyc.com
This popular Pine Hills hangout is worth a try, no matter what time of day, but it offers many satisfying cheap lunches. The chana roti, $6, could feed a family of four; those with less ambitious appetites can pick up a few doubles ($1.50 each) and a tamarind-sauced saheena fritter ($2).

Which ’Wich
multiple locations, whichwich.com
Which ’Wich offers the ultimate in personalized service – you can fine-tune the fixings of your ’wich down to every last detail. That much choice makes our head spin, though, so we go with one of the sandwich chain’s pre-sets: the chipotle avocado BLT ($7.50).

As always, please send us your nom-nominations for best Orlando lunches under $10 – we know you know where to go! – but no fast-food chains, please.


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