When you and the crew get to Bay Lake, you’ll be basking in the warm and balmy Florida air, excitedly planning your days at Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, or one of the other thrilling attractions in the vacation wonderland surrounding Orlando. But where will you eat? Are there affordable restaurants near Orlando? Well, don’t tell teacher, but we did your homework for you. Plenty of restaurants near Disney World are accessible for a morning breakfast to fuel your magical adventure or a hearty dinner to end your busy day of exploration.
Rest assured, you can save your money for mouse ears—these restaurants are great options for feeding the whole family without spending too much, and all of them are just outside the theme parks.
1. Holler & Dash Biscuit House
Holler & Dash Biscuit House is the perfect place to grab a satisfying, homestyle meal to start your day. Their Celebration location is conveniently located, but the real draw is how tasty and satisfying their biscuit-based meals are. Signature biscuits include variations on fried chicken biscuit sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast biscuits sliced and filled with sausage, egg, and cheese. There are also other breakfast and lunch items, like a cheddar grits bowl, a roast beef sandwich, and fried green tomatoes. Holler & Dash Biscuit House is only open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, so come here first. What’s more, a satisfying meal can be had for under $10, making this one of the best cheap restaurants near Orlando.
2. Mexas Tacos
For quick bites and cheap eats near Orlando, it’s hard to beat the appeal of street-style tacos. Look no further than Mexas Tacos, where the menu is simple and satisfying. The star of the show is the simple, unbeatable taco, stuffed with your choice of meat (al pastor, carnitas, asada, and other options) and served individually or as part of a combo plate. Mexas Tacos also serves other Mexican favorites such as tortas, quesadillas, and tostadas, all for satisfyingly affordable prices.
3. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
You can’t go wrong with an American staple. Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has locations across the USA, and fortunately that includes a convenient joint on Vineland Avenue. Delicious burger combo meals, chili cheese dogs, and creamy frozen custard desserts are always a crowd-pleaser and always inexpensive. Whether you’re feeding a family or just yourself, Freddy’s is the kind of fast food you know won’t let you down in both price and flavor.
4. Roma’s Quick Café
You get exactly what you’d expect at Roma’s Quick Café, an ideal spot to grab a wholesome sandwich, salad, or wrap on the go. Roma’s Quick Café is just a kiosk, but it’s perfect for handheld food on the fly. Try a melty panini on ciabatta bread, or opt for a classic Caesar salad. They also have daily specials, so check out the menu to see what’s new.
5. Noodles & Company
Who doesn’t love noodles? They’re comforting, filling, and cheap! Noodles & Company’s Lake Buena Vista location is just outside Bay Lake, and it has enough inexpensive meal options to keep you coming back day after day. Whether you’re hungering for mac and cheese, buttered egg noodles, classic Italian penne in red sauce, hearty stroganoff, pad Thai, or some other noodle-based comfort food, Noodles & Company has you covered.
6. Foxtail Coffee Co.
If you’re visiting Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, you can stay caffeinated, cultured, and conscious at Foxtail Coffee Co., a small local Orlando-area roaster and café chain dedicated to high quality, ethical practices, and a delicious cup o’ joe. Inside the Tommy Hilfiger store is a Foxtail Coffee Co. café, serving delicious brews as well as fresh pastries in a rustic-chic setting. You’ll have plenty of energy to keep on shopping after a refreshing handcrafted latte.
Florida may be deep in America’s South, but don’t assume all cheap food near Orlando is deep-fried and heavy on animal fats. Greenbeat at Vineland Premium Outlets is a place to get fresh, nutritious, custom bowls or salads to satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike. Choose your base (several kinds of greens, rice, or quinoa), add toppings (fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese, salmon, chicken), and finish it with a dressing (Thai peanut, spicy sriracha, honey mustard, or others). These bowls are zesty, fast, packed with nutrients, and absolutely satisfying. Best of all, they’re customizable to fit a variety of dietary needs: high-protein, low-carb, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free.
8. Yard House
For a cold drink, familiar food, or a great happy hour, Yard House is the place to go. Yard House may be a sports bar chain, but its atmosphere is low-key and family-friendly enough to accommodate anyone. Yard House’s ICON Park location is perfect for visitors, as ICON Park has free admission and parking. Expect to find an extensive drink menu, a variety of food options, a kids’ menu, and even a gluten-sensitive menu at Yard House. During Happy Hour, you can even get half off appetizers and pizzas, so bring the whole gang!
There’s no way you’ll run out of thrills and amusements in the Sunshine State, but you might be surprised by the sheer variety of ways to have fun near Orlando. Once your tummy is full, you’ll have the energy to check out a whole slew of fun things to do near Bay Lake:
- Reach for the stars with a visit to Kennedy Space Center that includes transportation, interactive exhibits, and glimpses of real spacecraft.
- Get out to the coast, bask in the sun, sea, and sand of the Gulf of Mexico, and learn about local marine biology—while being fed!—on an excursion to Clearwater Beach with lunch included.
- Go on an Everglades escapade with an airboat ride, and keep your eyes peeled for gators.
- Take one of the most exciting dips of your life with a manatee snorkel swim, which also includes breakfast and lunch.
We know you’d far rather spend your money on souvenirs than overpriced meals. When you enjoy a budget trip to Bay Lake and chow down on excellent cheap eats, you’ll have more than enough left over for fun trinkets to take home.