When people think of Orlando a good burger joint is not the first thing to come to mind. On the east side of Orlando there are plenty of options within a short drive of UCF. While a burger joint will never be considered “fine dining” these places are about as close as it gets.
Houlihan’s is a great place for lunch. The times I have been it has not been overly crowded. The meal was served in a reasonable amount of time. The employees were friendly and had good attitudes. That alone gives me a reason to come back. I enjoy their Tillamook Burger. Basically it is a bacon cheese burger. It is served with french fries. You can have a beer with your lunch if you desire.
The location of the Houlihan’s I go to is 11448 University Blvd. There are other locations near Orlando. They have an on-line lunch menu at this site http://www.houlihans.com/menus/526/nooner.pdf. They also serve diner.
This burger joint has the biggest burgers I have ever seen. I made the mistake of ordering the largest one once. I could not finish it and was so full I hurt. That burger taught me a valuable lesson, no matter how good it smells and tastes DO NOT try to eat a burger that will get your picture on the wall if you finish it. For the more sane of us they offer smaller burgers, five different sizes. If you like cheese on your burger they have several different ones to choose from. I eat the bacon cheeburger ( 1/2 lb ) with pepper jack cheese. The list of toppings is almost endless.
The Cheeburger I go to is in Waterford at 504 North Alafaya Trail. It is only 10 minutes from UCF. There is an on-line menu at the site http://cheeburger.com/menu/main.asp.
Logan’s Roadhouse is one of my favorite places to eat in Orlando. There is always plenty of room during the lunch hours so the wait is non-existent. This restaurant usually has smiling and good natured servers. The music seems loud for lunch at first but you quickly get used to it.
Most people go there in the evenings for their steaks but the burgers they serve are incredible. The burgers are the perfect size for lunch. Logan’s is a bar and grill. They serve a wide variety of drinks. They make some of the best iced tea in Orlando.
There are several different Logan’s Roadhouse locations in the Orlando area. The one I go to most often is at 11674 University Blvd. The on-line menu can be viewed here http://www.logansroadhouse.com/menu.aspx.