November 18, 2022

The best Orlando restaurants when you're broke AF

Time's change, tastes changes but bills remain a constant.

As we've done before, we'd like to acknowledge that fact by sharing some of our favorite places to eat when the ends don't seem to meet. These cheap Orlando restaurants don't skimp on quality, providing hearty meals and excellent flavors for the folks who sign the backs of checks.

From Middle Eastern delicacies to taco specials (and oh-so-many hotdogs), these are are the best Orlando area restaurants to hit up when you're broke.
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Chicago Dog & Co.1113 W State Rd 436, Altamonte SpringsThere’s nothing wrong with a classic, cheap hot dog. However, Chicago Dog & Co. takes the traditional Chicago dog to the next level with a menu complete with any and all toppings you could imagine. With a plain hot dog starting at $3.50, let your imagination and hunger run wild with all the options at Chicago Dog & Co.
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Chicago Dog & Co.

1113 W State Rd 436, Altamonte Springs

There’s nothing wrong with a classic, cheap hot dog. However, Chicago Dog & Co. takes the traditional Chicago dog to the next level with a menu complete with any and all toppings you could imagine. With a plain hot dog starting at $3.50, let your imagination and hunger run wild with all the options at Chicago Dog & Co.

Cilantro's Taqueria1427 S Bumby AveFresh, authentic and affordable. What more can you ask for? Cilantro’s antojitos, or “little cravings”, are deliciously inspired by Mexico City’s street food vendors and crafted with fresh ingredients.
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Cilantro's Taqueria

1427 S Bumby Ave

Fresh, authentic and affordable. What more can you ask for? Cilantro’s antojitos, or “little cravings”, are deliciously inspired by Mexico City’s street food vendors and crafted with fresh ingredients.

Cuban Sandwiches To Go1605 Lee RdThis walk-up restaurant is a perennial Best of Orlando winner for its traditional Cuban cuisine and unique efficiency. Even tourists know what's up. This small, standalone restaurant has Cuban sandwiches that TripAdvisor users are frequently claiming as the best Orlando has to offer.
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Cuban Sandwiches To Go

1605 Lee Rd

This walk-up restaurant is a perennial Best of Orlando winner for its traditional Cuban cuisine and unique efficiency. Even tourists know what's up. This small, standalone restaurant has Cuban sandwiches that TripAdvisor users are frequently claiming as the best Orlando has to offer.

Cupid's Hot Dogs1515 Lee RdIt’s time to fall in love all over again with Cupid’s Hot Dogs - a cheap yet tasty treat in the Orlando area. With an array of decorated dogs and a fun assortment of side dishes to choose from (corn roll tamale anyone?), this is a must-stop next time you want to save some dough and get struck by Cupid’s arrow.
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Cupid's Hot Dogs

1515 Lee Rd

It’s time to fall in love all over again with Cupid’s Hot Dogs - a cheap yet tasty treat in the Orlando area. With an array of decorated dogs and a fun assortment of side dishes to choose from (corn roll tamale anyone?), this is a must-stop next time you want to save some dough and get struck by Cupid’s arrow.

Europol Polish Deli3090 Aloma Ave, Winter ParkExperience traditional Polish cuisine with the delectable (and cheap!) dishes at Europol Deli. Many Facebook reviews have complemented the deli’s selection of Polish specialties, specifically the homemade pierogis.
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Europol Polish Deli

3090 Aloma Ave, Winter Park

Experience traditional Polish cuisine with the delectable (and cheap!) dishes at Europol Deli. Many Facebook reviews have complemented the deli’s selection of Polish specialties, specifically the homemade pierogis.

Grattin Dog1006 E Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, (407) 951-7267  This is not your typical hot dog and hamburger joint. Grattin Dog brings its Colombian culture to the forefront in a deliciously cheesy way - literally. Everything is topped with cheese. The 100% fresh menu consists of various burgers, Colombian sausages and empanadas that are sure to have you longing to come back for more.
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Grattin Dog

1006 E Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, (407) 951-7267

This is not your typical hot dog and hamburger joint. Grattin Dog brings its Colombian culture to the forefront in a deliciously cheesy way - literally. Everything is topped with cheese. The 100% fresh menu consists of various burgers, Colombian sausages and empanadas that are sure to have you longing to come back for more.

Jalapeño’s Mexican Eats681 N Orlando Ave, Maitland,( 321) 972-4086 Jalapeño’s is the intersection of authenticity and affordability. With tacos starting at just $2.75 as part of this vast yet curated menu of mouth-watering flavor, this is one stop you’re not going to want to miss. You can even get 15% off by showing your Yelp review at the counter when you order.
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Jalapeño’s Mexican Eats

681 N Orlando Ave, Maitland,( 321) 972-4086

Jalapeño’s is the intersection of authenticity and affordability. With tacos starting at just $2.75 as part of this vast yet curated menu of mouth-watering flavor, this is one stop you’re not going to want to miss. You can even get 15% off by showing your Yelp review at the counter when you order.

Lazy MoonVariousLazy Moon takes “just a slice” to the next level. Seriously, have you seen these things? While this popular restaurant is already a pretty affordable spot, the “Boxcar Willy” deal is an extra something special - for under $5 you can treat yourself to a full slice of Lazy Moon pizza (but let’s be real, this is probably two full slices from any other pizza place) and a pint of PBR.
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Lazy Moon

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Lazy Moon takes “just a slice” to the next level. Seriously, have you seen these things? While this popular restaurant is already a pretty affordable spot, the “Boxcar Willy” deal is an extra something special - for under $5 you can treat yourself to a full slice of Lazy Moon pizza (but let’s be real, this is probably two full slices from any other pizza place) and a pint of PBR.

Portillo's7715 Palm PkwyPortillo’s classic Chicago-style cuisine is enough to get your mouth-watering by just looking at it. Not only do they have some especially tasty meal options on their menu, their dessert is what makes this location a notable stop, specifically the chocolate cake. And if you’re looking for a step up from the traditional fast food milkshake, try one of Portillo’s cake shakes, basically a two-in-one dessert special.
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Portillo's

7715 Palm Pkwy

Portillo’s classic Chicago-style cuisine is enough to get your mouth-watering by just looking at it. Not only do they have some especially tasty meal options on their menu, their dessert is what makes this location a notable stop, specifically the chocolate cake. And if you’re looking for a step up from the traditional fast food milkshake, try one of Portillo’s cake shakes, basically a two-in-one dessert special.

Serious Sandwiches1265 S Semoran BlvdLet’s be serious - we have no idea how to choose from all the yummy options on this menu. Serious Sandwiches is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in American cuisine with an international twist. This location is a bit of a local secret as it's hidden among the buildings surrounding Full Sail University, but it’s absolutely worth seeking out.
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Serious Sandwiches

1265 S Semoran Blvd

Let’s be serious - we have no idea how to choose from all the yummy options on this menu. Serious Sandwiches is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in American cuisine with an international twist. This location is a bit of a local secret as it's hidden among the buildings surrounding Full Sail University, but it’s absolutely worth seeking out.