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Awesome lunch spots in downtown Orlando and Dr. Phillips area?

Big Bad Voodoo Lou | May 17, 2006 07:39 PM

Hello all,

Well, I have a new job AND a new internship, so I find myself driving around Orlando a lot, making several stops throughout the course of the day. This makes it difficult to pack a lunch, since I rarely know where I'll be, or for how long, and I don't like the idea of carrying around unrefrigerated perishables for too long (especially when I don't have a central base of operations). Therefore, I'll be eating lunch in downtown Orlando every so often, and I'm looking for some new options -- preferably cheap.

I've been to several Tijuana Flats locations, so I don't feel the need to hit the one near the downtown library. I finally tried its next door neighbor Crooked Bayou the other day. It was good (it's hard to get a fried oyster po'boy that ISN'T good), but not as good as Jockamo's on John Young and Sand Lake, which I was introduced to through this board. Today a co-worker forced us to have lunch at the SUBWAY on Orange Avenue (eeurgh, what a waste of a meal out), but I'd love to stop in at some smaller, local places while avoiding the crappy ones (like that tiny deli next to the parking garage on Central Avenue, across from the library). I'll be on foot, and my stomping grounds will mostly be up and down Orange and Central.

Soon enough, my internship will have me venturing out from downtown and spending a week or two in the Dr. Phillips area. I never go to this side of town, don't know exactly WHERE it is, or what's out there. Again, if anyone can recommend any nice, cool, casual lunch spots near the Southwest Branch of the library at 7255 Della Dr., I'd greatly appreciate it.

Also, how is that Urban Flats place in Winter Park, on Fairbanks and New York? I wind up near there once a week as well. Anything awesome in that area that I can't miss? My boss took me to East of Paris for lunch on my first day of work last week, and I got this pasta special they had -- very underwhelming, after all the good things I have heard about the place. I make better pasta dishes at home all the time. I'm sure it was just a bad selection, so I'm not crossing it off my list for good.

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