Charleston is flush with great places to eat, but when you’re looking for something quick, cheap and delicious, these Charleston restaurants are some of the places to check out.
The Royal American
970 Morrison Dr.
The Royal American has made a name for itself as a dive bar and music venue, but the kitchen offers up delicious, affordable meals any time of the day. Everything on the menu ranges from $5-15 (including cocktails). The patty melt (try it Lance’s Way) and magic wings are two of the most popular items, but check Instagram every week to find out about the weekly special and weekly $5 staff meal.
Queen Street Grocery
133 Queen St.
As an all-in-one sandwich shop, breakfast joint and local grocery market, Queen Street Grocery has it all. Stop by for breakfast and order a savory or sweet crepe, a delicious omelet or get creative and build your own breakfast sandwich. For lunch, try a specialty sandwich like the Happy Houdini or Egypt 80.
Bon Bahn Mi
162 Spring St.
1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Craving a classic Vietnamese bahn mi? Bon Bahn Mi has you covered. Select from five different proteins (including red curry beef, five-spice tofu and ginger lemongrass chicken) to fill your bon mi, which is topped with cucumber, pickled carrots, pickled daikon radish, cilantro, thai basil, crispy shallots and chili-mayo. You can also opt to ditch the bread and turn your sandwich into a salad, taco or bowl.
8-D Line St.
Dos Taqueria, located in the space formerly occupied by Eastside Bagels, rolls some of the fattest burritos around. Grab a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs and hash browns, sink your teeth into the super burrito with rice (served after 11 am) or mix and match tacos with fillings like charro beans, chorizo, tinga and more. Be sure to ask for one of their housemade salsas to slather on your meal. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
16 Blake St.
A staple soul food joint in downtown Charleston, Hannibal’s Kitchen has been open for more than 30 years. Here you’ll find an array of delectable Gullah dishes including crab rice, collard greens, oxtail and rice, hoppin john, stewed drumsticks and more.
Ding Tea & H Long Cafe
281 Meeting St.
If you’re looking for a quick meal in downtown Charleston, Ding Tea & H Long Cafe is a great place to go. With bahn mi sandwiches, fresh summer rolls, vermicelli salad bowls and beef pho, this cafe brings authentic Vietnamese cuisine to Charleston. The cafe also serves classic Taiwanese boba tea.
The Pickled Palate
411 Hibben St.
Located off Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, The Pickled Palate serves up delicious sandwiches, salads and soups all under $15. Take your meal to-go or sit down at one of the outdoor tables in the eclectic “magical garden” or inside the former house-turned-restaurant.
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern
714 Rutledge Ave.
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern has everything a dive bar menu should — fried apps like mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers, a long list of specialty burgers, sandwiches and wraps and a variety of soups and salads.
68 Cannon St.
1175-A Folly Rd.
3125 Bees Ferry Rd.
Sometimes, nothing hits the spot like a soup and salad combo. At Ladles, you’ll find a long list of delicious soups from classics like broccoli cheddar and chicken noodle to more unique offerings like buffalo chicken and a truly divine Greek lemon chicken. Pair your soup with a sandwich like the grilled cheese or caprese sub, or opt for a lighter meal of soup and salad.
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