A guide to the best Charleston SC Restaurants. Find the best "cheap eats" in Charleston.
Charleston has received a lot of criticism that it's hard to find a reasonably priced meal on the peninsula, but there are actually quite a few restaurants serving delicious food for a reasonable price. Below are a few of the hottest affordable restaurants in Charleston.
Brown Dog Deli offers an assortment of deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, and burgers along with an entire menu of vegan and vegetarian options, including a Black Bean Burger and a Portobello Philly. Some must-try items on the menu include the Reuben Dog, and the Duck Club made with apple-smoked duck breasts. Dine inside this cozy hip deli or enjoy the relaxed outdoor seating area. @ 40 Broad St.
Bertha’s, founded by the late Albertha Grant in 1979, serves up mouthwatering Lowcountry soul food, including fried pork chops, hamburger steak, fried chicken, yams, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rice and gravy, field peas with hocks, limas cooked with smoked turkey necks and the legendary okra soup. Bertha’s is inexpensive and informal, but every meal is prepared exactly to order. Arrive early, because the line starts forming well before the doors open at 11 am. @ 2332 Meeting St. Rd.
Breizh Pan Crepes serves traditional specialties from the western region of France, including delicious savory and sweet crêpes, various desserts, and special omelets. Stop by for breakfast or lunch, or just come in for their delicious Le Phare crepe, a sweet crepe filled with strawberries, homemade chocolate, bananas, and Chantilly cream. @ 39 George St.
Queen Street Grocery, which opened in 1922, serves up omelets, breakfast sandwiches, crepes, salads, hot pressed Sammies, and smoothies. You will also find a large assortment of craft beers and unique wines. Stop by and dine in their sidewalk dining area, or pick up your picnic supplies and head to the park. @ 133 Queen St.
Gaulart & Maliclet is a charming cozy bistro, located on the iconic Broad Street, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Choose from plain or filled croissants and coffee for breakfast, and a sandwich or salad with a glass of wine for lunch. Dinner includes seafood, chickens du jour, and fondues. Please be advised this is a non-tipping establishment, and prices are All Inclusive. @ 98 Broad St.
Bon Bahn Mi is a Vietnamese Sandwich Bar serving fresh, unique combinations. First, choose from a toasted baguette, a salad or tacos. Next, choose your fillings, which include red curry beef, 5-spice pork, ginger lemongrass chicken, country pate, 5-spice tofu, Vietnamese ham, or egg and Canadian bacon. Parking is available behind the restaurant. @ 162 Spring St.
Hannibal's Kitchen is probably one of the ugliest restaurants on the outside, but once you go inside, you will be happy you did. Hannibal's has been serving up some of the best soul food in Charleston for over 40 years. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and daily specials include crab and shrimp rice, baked or fried chicken, turkey wings, liver and onions, fried shrimp, and fried pork chops. @ 16 Blake St.
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is a great place for breakfast and lunch or a late night snack on the weekends. They serve a wide variety of biscuits, including cheese and chive, buttermilk, country ham, black pepper bacon, shortcake, blackberry, and cinnamon. You can avoid waiting in line by downloading the Callies Biscuit app, which allows you to order, pay online, and move to the front of the line to pick up your order. Callies has two locations, one on King Street and one at the City Market. @ 476 1/2 King St @ 188 Meeting St.
Specialty market and cafe, Caviar & Bananas delivers a distinctive culinary experience designed to touch all the senses in Charleston. Using only the freshest ingredients sourced locally and around the globe, offerings are prepared daily, whether made to order salads and sandwiches or chosen from the prepared food case. Additional features include a charcuterie and cheese counter, espresso bar, and a boutique wine and beer selection. Eat indoors in the clean and modern interior or on the side patio for a prime people-watching experience. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. @ 51 George St.
From the moment you open the alligator skin door, you’ll see why Rutledge Cab Company is Charleston’s place to eat, drink and be comfortable. This former gas station has been transformed into Charleston’s favorite neighborhood restaurant and bar. Take a place at the bar or let the hostess seat you in one of the two dining areas. Many signature menu items are cooked over Charleston’s only indoor charcoal grills. You’ll savor the enhanced flavor and characteristics that only char-grilling offers. The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and has indoor and outdoor seating. @ 1300 Rutledge Ave.
When you are acclaimed by The New York Times Magazine as a “must eat,” you know you are doing something right. Come see what all the fuss is about and enjoy their famous breakfast, a quick delightful lunch, or a delicious dinner with live entertainment. The restaurant serves various dishes that will satisfy all appetites for any occasion. Whether you're in the mood for their famous Stuffed French Toast or want to surprise your taste buds with a creamy shrimp and grits entree, the Toast menu will entertain every palate. Pair your meal with one of their famous "Bottomless Mimosas." To top things off, they offer a delicious selection of homemade desserts and coffees. @ 155 Meeting St.
Butcher and Bee, located in a barn-like building on Morrison Drive, has a diverse menu featuring locally sourced mezze, vegetables, and proteins with a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence. In addition to the full menu, the restaurant also offers nutritious breads, pastries, and sweets handmade on-site daily. The menu changes often depending on the availability of local ingredients, so check Facebook and Twitter for updates. Visit the restaurant's website to make a reservation. @ 1085 Morrison Dr.