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Charleston's Top 10 Cheap Eats and Restaurants

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| Robert Donovan

Running low on cash or just want to save some money? Seek out one of these essential cheap eats spots around the Lowcountry. From pizza to to pho, there's a menu item under (or just at) $10 for every sort of craving.

For all the complaints that Charleston restaurants have gotten too expensive, there are many places offering a deal. Continually check this guide when the bank account is running low.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jack Of Cups

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34 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

Stop by this Folly dive for deals on craft beer and ultra-filling curries by the beach. Try the addictive red curry mac n cheese with a slightly spicy sauce, topped with diced pickles, tomatoes, cilantro, and parmesan.

Ramen at Jack of Cups
Ramen at Jack of Cups
Leslie Ryann McKellar

2. Early Bird Diner

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1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 277-2353
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The paintings on the walls are quirky, and many on the waitstaff are artists or musicians. Slide into a booth at home cooking haven Early Bird Diner for Southern food done right. The most popular menu item is the delectable chicken and waffles (only $10), but there are plenty of other choices like a meatloaf melt or country fried steak. Be sure to end the meal with the banana pudding.

3. La Nortena

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6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 225-7055
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North Charleston stop La Nortena may look like a normal chain Mexican restaurant, but they make real-deal tacos. Order a plate full and soak the tortillas in the homemade (and free) salsas the kitchen puts on the table.

4. Pho No. 1

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5300 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tucked inside H&L Super Market, Pho No. 1 is zero-frills, all-flavor dining at its best. Yes, it's known for its Vietnamese soup, but there are spring rolls and rice dishes on the menu as well. A giant bowl of pho will run customers about $7.99 — it's enough to share.

5. Dell'z Uptown

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511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0352
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Many of the items at Dell'z Deli are meat-free, which helps keep cost down. But non-vegetarians shouldn't be concerned, this small shop could satisfy the appetite of a linebacker (and if you're really worried, they do have a few animal items). Try the Snobby Joe — a tempeh alternative to a classic Sloppy Joe for only $9.

6. Bon Banh Mi

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162 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7320
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Pick a filling and then determine between a sandwich, salad, or tacos. From five spice tofu to red curry beef, there's something for everyone (under $10) at this petite Vietnamese sandwich shop.

7. D'Allesandro's Pizza

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229 Saint Philip St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 853-6337
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It's a little funky, they serve cheap beer by the pitcher, and the waitstaff is made up of colorful characters — D'Allesandro's is the quintessential college town pizza parlor. There's usually a special running, and you can typically find a coupon to make the pie even cheaper.

8. Mama Kim's

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349 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7177

The express bowl is the way to go at Korean place Mama Kim's. Choose from chicken, steak, or shrimp and the staff will fill a giant bowl of meat and rice for under $9. Fans of kimchi can fill up on the bul-go-gee — it's enough for two people to share.

9. Queen Street Grocery

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133 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-4121
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There's nothing over $10 on the extensive menu at classic shop Queen Street Grocery. This storied Harleston Village corner shop offers pressed panini, crepes, and smoothies any time of the day. Check the specials board for a creative twist on their usual offerings.

10. H&R Sweet Shop

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102 Royall Avenue
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Cheeseburgers are only $4.75 at Old Village legend H&R Sweet Shop. Hot dogs are just a dollar. The portions are large, and no one leaves hungry. A visit to H&R is like stepping back in time, when money bought a lot more.

1. Jack Of Cups

34 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Ramen at Jack of Cups
Ramen at Jack of Cups
Leslie Ryann McKellar

Stop by this Folly dive for deals on craft beer and ultra-filling curries by the beach. Try the addictive red curry mac n cheese with a slightly spicy sauce, topped with diced pickles, tomatoes, cilantro, and parmesan.

34 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439

2. Early Bird Diner

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

The paintings on the walls are quirky, and many on the waitstaff are artists or musicians. Slide into a booth at home cooking haven Early Bird Diner for Southern food done right. The most popular menu item is the delectable chicken and waffles (only $10), but there are plenty of other choices like a meatloaf melt or country fried steak. Be sure to end the meal with the banana pudding.

1644 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

3. La Nortena

6275 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

North Charleston stop La Nortena may look like a normal chain Mexican restaurant, but they make real-deal tacos. Order a plate full and soak the tortillas in the homemade (and free) salsas the kitchen puts on the table.

6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

4. Pho No. 1

5300 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406

Tucked inside H&L Super Market, Pho No. 1 is zero-frills, all-flavor dining at its best. Yes, it's known for its Vietnamese soup, but there are spring rolls and rice dishes on the menu as well. A giant bowl of pho will run customers about $7.99 — it's enough to share.

5300 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

5. Dell'z Uptown

511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Many of the items at Dell'z Deli are meat-free, which helps keep cost down. But non-vegetarians shouldn't be concerned, this small shop could satisfy the appetite of a linebacker (and if you're really worried, they do have a few animal items). Try the Snobby Joe — a tempeh alternative to a classic Sloppy Joe for only $9.

511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Bon Banh Mi

162 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

Pick a filling and then determine between a sandwich, salad, or tacos. From five spice tofu to red curry beef, there's something for everyone (under $10) at this petite Vietnamese sandwich shop.

162 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. D'Allesandro's Pizza

229 Saint Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403

It's a little funky, they serve cheap beer by the pitcher, and the waitstaff is made up of colorful characters — D'Allesandro's is the quintessential college town pizza parlor. There's usually a special running, and you can typically find a coupon to make the pie even cheaper.

229 Saint Philip St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Mama Kim's

349 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

The express bowl is the way to go at Korean place Mama Kim's. Choose from chicken, steak, or shrimp and the staff will fill a giant bowl of meat and rice for under $9. Fans of kimchi can fill up on the bul-go-gee — it's enough for two people to share.

349 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Queen Street Grocery

133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

There's nothing over $10 on the extensive menu at classic shop Queen Street Grocery. This storied Harleston Village corner shop offers pressed panini, crepes, and smoothies any time of the day. Check the specials board for a creative twist on their usual offerings.

133 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. H&R Sweet Shop

102 Royall Avenue, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Cheeseburgers are only $4.75 at Old Village legend H&R Sweet Shop. Hot dogs are just a dollar. The portions are large, and no one leaves hungry. A visit to H&R is like stepping back in time, when money bought a lot more.

102 Royall Avenue
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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