Charleston South Carolina Cheap Eats

By VGP Blogger, Rachel B

As the weather warms up in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina I’ve had getting out for a nice weeknight meal on my mind. I’ve also been trying to budget my habits of eating out, so I’ve had cheap hot spots on the mind. Looking for some Charleston South Carolina cheap eats? Here are my choices for this spring, perfect for Charleston visitors and locals alike:

Zia Taqueria: You’ll have the venture for a 10 minute drive or so from downtown to James Island but Zia is worth the short trip. My favorites are the Baja Fish or Portobello tacos, both under $4. And the margarita at Zia is amazing for only $5. You can sit inside or out, and catch a movie next door at the Terrace movie theater before or after.


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Hominy Grill: Hominy Grill is in almost every tour book in Charleston rightly so for its amazing breakfast or brunch, but I like to go for their lesser crowded dinner. Entrees are less than $20 and come with two authentic Southern sides. If you go with a group of 3 or 4, you’ll end up with a great sampling of sides for the table to share.

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Cypress: Unless it’s a special occasion, I only go to Cypress on Monday night for their James Beard nominated cuisine for only $5. Yup, for $5 you can get the All-American Burger, the Wood Grilled Burger, or the Foot Long Chili Cheese Dog. Sides are $3 and beers are $3.50 and $4.50.

Rue de Jean: Rue de Jean is in the hopping Upper King area of Charleston has french bistro far and sushi and their signature dish is their mussels. The mussels are only $9.99. Pair it with some crusty bread and wine for a romantic french meal at about $20.

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Prohibition : Prohibition is the new guy on the block and I have already been there multiple times for their happy hour deals. Their wine pours are large and their menu  items that are on special such as the duck quesadilla and oysters are wonderful.  The interior was completely re-done and now has a roaring 20s feel complete with live big band music. A very classy spot!

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LeLe’s Hot Kitchen: Fear not of the sketchy downtown location … LeLe’s is well worth the adventure off the beaten path. When I ate here, we had the chicken lettuce wraps ($9), crab rangoon ($6),  mu shu pork ($11), and salt and pepper calamari ($13). This was more than enough food for 4 and delicious. They don’t take reservations and it’s small, so you’d be smart to try and go at an off time.

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