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Cheap Eats 2015: The Top New Cheap Restaurants, Mapped

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Sure, you have that one affordable Chinese spot where they know your order by your phone number, but what if you want to branch out? (Or have suspicions the woman on the phone is judging you for ordering tofu and broccoli for the third time this week.) Here are a few of the newest and hottest cheap eats spots to pop up in the Lowcountry.

Presented in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Apartment A

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221 Coming St Apt A
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-1888
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The beers are cold and the queso is hot at newcomer Apartment A. From the same owners as affordable favorite The Taco Spot, this downtown neighborhood house is the place to go for $3 Tecates and $5 nachos.

2. Artisan Meat Share

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33 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
Artisan Meat Share goes above and beyond your average sandwich/charcuterie shop. Most of the ingredients are made in-house — from the bread, to the pickles, to the cured meats, and the condiments. These two-hand sandwiches and sides will leave you completely sated.

3. Benny Palmetto's Pizza

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433 West Coleman Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
If you absolutely must have a slice of pizza bigger than your head for $4.50, Benny Palmettos is your spot. The pizzeria hails from Virginia and recently brought its mammoth pies to Mount Pleasant. [Photo: Benny Palmettos's]

4. Charleston Sports Pub

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1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
West Ashley's Charleston Sports Pub offers interesting bar food at low prices. Wings come in flavors like honey Sriracha, PB&J, and ghost pepper, while burgers range from classic to an "On the Border" version. Most items won't cost you more than $10.99. [Photo: Charleston Sports Pub]

5. Chick's Fry House

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1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
The menu at Chick's Fry House has the same pedigree as Southern favorite Hominy Grill — minus the line of tourists. Chick's offers a casual environment to dine on affordable menu items, such as a two-piece chicken, with biscuit, for $6.00.

6. Garcia's Tortilla House

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100 Spring St #A
Charleston, SC 29403
Garcia's Tortilla House is quickly becoming the peninsula's top spot for breakfast tacos and a quick, cheap menu of chorizo choices. You can get a hearty lunch of San Antonio-influenced fare for under $10.

7. Minero

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155 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241
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Where else can you try a Sean Brock creation for $3? Minero is the celebrity chef's Mexican-influenced outpost on East Bay Street. Most menu items are under $10, so bring some friends and try a few plates of chilaquiles and Valentina-soaked chicken wings.

8. My Three Sons of Charleston

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1910 East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 202-0189
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Soul food chef Alice Warren has a new restaurant in North Charleston, and the menu is brimming with affordable options for Lowcountry favorites. Go for the deviled crabs, seafood rice, and okra soup. Most of the menu items don't go over $9.99. [Photo: My Three Sons]

9. Smoke BBQ

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487 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
If you're looking for a new, affordable barbecue option, look no further than Smoke BBQ on King Street. Chef Roland Feldman creates elevated meat dishes with familiar flavors, and the majority of items are under $10. The side of hash over grits is a hearty option for only $4.

10. Spero

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616 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Spero is the spot to go for a gourmet-level meal at fast-casual prices. Small plates, like local snap peas with mushroom conserva, guanciale, mustard tarragon vinaigrette, are all under $10.

11. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 745-9189
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There's nothing over $8 on the menu at Park Circle's Junction Kitchen & Provisions. The cozy restaurant serves filling breakfast items all day (a bacon sandwich is only $4.50) and other comfort items in the evening (tomato pie for $6). [Photo: Junction Kitchen]

12. Torres Superette

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843 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Convenience store Torres Superette isn't new, but folks are taking notice of the increased take-out offerings. Tacos start at $2 a piece, tortas are $6, nachos are $4, and hot dogs can be had for pocket change. Friend them on Facebook to see the daily specials.

1. Apartment A

221 Coming St Apt A, Charleston, SC 29403
The beers are cold and the queso is hot at newcomer Apartment A. From the same owners as affordable favorite The Taco Spot, this downtown neighborhood house is the place to go for $3 Tecates and $5 nachos.
221 Coming St Apt A
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Artisan Meat Share

33 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
Artisan Meat Share goes above and beyond your average sandwich/charcuterie shop. Most of the ingredients are made in-house — from the bread, to the pickles, to the cured meats, and the condiments. These two-hand sandwiches and sides will leave you completely sated.
33 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Benny Palmetto's Pizza

433 West Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
If you absolutely must have a slice of pizza bigger than your head for $4.50, Benny Palmettos is your spot. The pizzeria hails from Virginia and recently brought its mammoth pies to Mount Pleasant. [Photo: Benny Palmettos's]
433 West Coleman Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

4. Charleston Sports Pub

1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
West Ashley's Charleston Sports Pub offers interesting bar food at low prices. Wings come in flavors like honey Sriracha, PB&J, and ghost pepper, while burgers range from classic to an "On the Border" version. Most items won't cost you more than $10.99. [Photo: Charleston Sports Pub]
1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

5. Chick's Fry House

1011 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The menu at Chick's Fry House has the same pedigree as Southern favorite Hominy Grill — minus the line of tourists. Chick's offers a casual environment to dine on affordable menu items, such as a two-piece chicken, with biscuit, for $6.00.
1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Garcia's Tortilla House

100 Spring St #A, Charleston, SC 29403
Garcia's Tortilla House is quickly becoming the peninsula's top spot for breakfast tacos and a quick, cheap menu of chorizo choices. You can get a hearty lunch of San Antonio-influenced fare for under $10.
100 Spring St #A
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Minero

155 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Where else can you try a Sean Brock creation for $3? Minero is the celebrity chef's Mexican-influenced outpost on East Bay Street. Most menu items are under $10, so bring some friends and try a few plates of chilaquiles and Valentina-soaked chicken wings.
155 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. My Three Sons of Charleston

1910 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Soul food chef Alice Warren has a new restaurant in North Charleston, and the menu is brimming with affordable options for Lowcountry favorites. Go for the deviled crabs, seafood rice, and okra soup. Most of the menu items don't go over $9.99. [Photo: My Three Sons]
1910 East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

9. Smoke BBQ

487 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
If you're looking for a new, affordable barbecue option, look no further than Smoke BBQ on King Street. Chef Roland Feldman creates elevated meat dishes with familiar flavors, and the majority of items are under $10. The side of hash over grits is a hearty option for only $4.
487 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Spero

616 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Spero is the spot to go for a gourmet-level meal at fast-casual prices. Small plates, like local snap peas with mushroom conserva, guanciale, mustard tarragon vinaigrette, are all under $10.
616 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

11. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

4438 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
There's nothing over $8 on the menu at Park Circle's Junction Kitchen & Provisions. The cozy restaurant serves filling breakfast items all day (a bacon sandwich is only $4.50) and other comfort items in the evening (tomato pie for $6). [Photo: Junction Kitchen]
4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

12. Torres Superette

843 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403
Convenience store Torres Superette isn't new, but folks are taking notice of the increased take-out offerings. Tacos start at $2 a piece, tortas are $6, nachos are $4, and hot dogs can be had for pocket change. Friend them on Facebook to see the daily specials.
843 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403

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