Charleston is well known for its delicious Southern cuisine. Primarily comprised of seafood (think catfish, shrimp, oyster, and crab), as well as hearty grains straight from the earth (rice and grits), Lowcountry cuisine is sought-after around the world for its fresh and flavourful ingredients.
If you find yourself in Charleston, be sure to take advantage of the many tasty treats the city has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top budget eats available in the city for you to enjoy.
A little unassuming (okay, maybe very unassuming), the Persimmon Cafe is located within a laundromat on Calhoun Street. But don’t let that fool you – stop in for great lunch options under $10, including a delicious curry chicken panini, zucchini with pistachio pistou, or, our favorite, the adult grilled cheese with prosciutto and apple!
Butcher & Bee
Serving up delicious sandwiches, salads, and other sides using time-honored preparation techniques, Butcher & Bee takes pride in the food they prepare. Boasting the finest local ingredients the region has to offer, you’ll get a great taste of Charleston at a great price.
Bessinger’s Barbeque – a popular spot for BBQ goodies in Charleston – offers what many have come to associate Southern-style cooking with – heaping plates of pork along with delicious sides like mac ‘n cheese, cole slaw, and more. You’ll get a true taste of BBQ here!
An unassuming hole in the wall, Dave’s Carry Out is a local favourite for fresh, delicious seafood on the cheap. Serving up $5 fish burgers, $8 fried shrimp dinners, deviled crab, and more, Dave’s will leave your stomach (and your wallet!) full.
Page’s Okra Grill
Offering lots of local goodness for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Page’s Okra Grill is a top choice for cheap eats in Charleston. From buttermilk biscuits, to sought-after omelettes, Lowcountry crab cakes, BBQ pork, and Southern fried chicken livers, Page’s can’t be beat!
Another excellent example of fine Southern cuisine, you’ll leave Dell’z Deli satisfied. Enjoy traditional rice and bean bowls, spicy shrimp dishes with sweet chili salsa, spicy chicken with bleu cheese, and much more.
The Taco Spot
Have a hankering for tacos? Check out the Taco Spot for a delicious menu that consists of items under $8. Choose your fillings and build the perfect taco from fish, chicken, steak, beef, pork, and more!
Sesame Burgers & Beer
With one location in North Charleston, as well as as many burger varieties as you can imagine (bean, beef, chicken, turkey), Sesame Burgers & Beer is a great place to grab a cheap bite. Be sure to check out the daily specials for an even better deal.
Bon Banh Mi
How about a little Vietnamese-style cuisine in the Lowcountry? Head to Bon Banh Mi in the Elliotborough/Cannonborough neighborhood and get your fix of crusty baguette topped with pickled vegetables, tofu, beef ribs and more!
A top 10 cheap eats list wouldn’t be complete without at least one pizza joint, so here it is! D’Allesandro’s Pizza is a local hot spot for cheap beer and pizza – the perfect combination for a Friday night.
After you’ve filled up on Lowcountry goodness, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our properties in Charleston. Choose from Charleston Northwest, Southwest, or two extended stay properties in North Charleston.
For more ideas on what to do and where to eat in Charleston, check out the Area Guide tabs on the pages linked above.