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How to Eat Well in Charleston for Only $5

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Photographer Robert Donovan goes in search of affordable eats.

When faced with $65 steaks, $100 caviar courses, and $30 lobster rolls, the task of finding a decent bite in the Lowcountry for less than $10 can seem impossible at times. Eater challenged photographer Robert Donovan to scout out some of the best deals this town has to offer, and he came back with some stunning results. Donovan stopped by five restaurants with deals at $5 or less, and here's what he found.

Edmund's Oast

[$4 menu items at Edmund's Oast.]

Beer wonderland Edmund's Oast stocks a strong list of $4 specials from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day. Chef Andy Henderson creates a wealth of bar snacks to pair with discounted cocktails, beers, and wine.

When Donovan visited last week, Edmund's featured a kielbasa slider with whole grain mustard and chow-chow, smoked fish mousse on seeded toast, watermelon with honey basil soda, feta and mint, and smoked pastrami chicken wings with a special sauce. For $4 a piece, you can splurge on a few.

The Taco Spot

Every Thursday, classic burritos are just $5 at each of the locations of The Taco Spot (downtown and West Ashley). Guests can choose from pan-seared fish, roasted chicken, steak, pulled pork, vegetarian, or breakfast options.

The burritos are stuffed with rice, beans, protein, lettuce, and pico (guacamole will run you $0.75 extra). For just five bucks ($5.75 if you need that guac), you're likely to have a full belly all day.

Pitt Street Pharmacy

Open since 1937, Pitt Street Pharmacy knows how to feed Mount Pleasant. The Old Village soda shop is a favorite for shakes, scoops, and sandwiches.

Most menu items are under $4, but if you're looking to splurge, go for Linda's Club at $4.75. The three-layer stack comes with ham, lettuce, tomato, egg salad, cheese, and mayo. Bonus: chips are included.


Cypress is a scion of sophisticated fine dining, yet on Monday nights, guests head to the bar area for $5 Burger Night. These aren't any normal, boring hamburgers —these are super thoughtful masterpieces made with high-end beef from meat master/chef Craig Deihl.

Show up early if you don't want to wait for one of these $5 creations (though they're totally worth the queuing up for).

The Macintosh

[The spread at Bacon Happy Hour.]

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., it's Bacon Happy Hour at The Macintosh during weekdays. This means you can score a succulent snack from chef Jeremiah Bacon for only $5.

On Donovan's visit, the King Street restaurant offered pork belly with pickled vegetables and tonkatsu wrapped in a tortilla, a bacon and egg dish of lamb belly, five-minute egg, and pancakes, lettuce wraps with pickled pepper, pork, and sambal aioli, and barbecue pork sliders with coleslaw.

Think you have some more ideas for $5 bites in Charleston? Share them in the forum.

The Macintosh

2119 East Camelback Road, , AZ 85016 (602) 368-8766 Visit Website


530 Northeast 4th Street, , OR 97128 (503) 687-1900 Visit Website

Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Drive, , SC 29403 (843) 727-1145 Visit Website

Pitt Street Pharmacy

111 Pitt St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

the Taco Spot

1301 Ashley River Road, , SC 29407 (843) 225-7426 Visit Website
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