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Dish Restaurant Guide

Summer 2017

The Glass Onion

The question I get asked the most when I tell people I run City Paper’s Cuisine section is, "So do you get to eat out at fancy restaurants all the time?" My answer: Hell no. Sure, I'll save up for the occasional birthday splurge at Charleston Grill, but no one is paying for that but myself. The truth is, I'm a journalist, which is to say, I'm a card carrying baller on a budget and I'm looking at menu prices just as much as the next guy. Of course, living in Charleston, that can be a full-time job. As the world’s obsession with our city and its eats has grown so have the price tags for said food, and finding a hearty meal for under $10 has gotten harder and harder. That’s why, for this Cheap Eats issue, we put our team to work on finding the very best bites for less. Real food, made with fresh local ingredients that won’t be a burden on your pocketbook. They’re out there. I promise. —Kinsey Gidick

What it means to eat cheap in Charleston today
What it means to eat cheap in Charleston today On the Cheap

Cheap food is everywhere. It's faulted for ruining our agricultural system, damaging the environment, reinforcing the poverty cycle, making us fat, and causing a host of health issues from diabetes to cancer. Finding cheap food is not hard. Just head to the nearest fast food strip and you can dig into an 1,100-calorie Big Mac Meal for $5.99. That's as cheap as it gets. — Stephanie Barna


Why I left Charleston fine dining for fast casual
Why I left Charleston fine dining for fast casual Feel Good Food

We have all been there, whether it be on a road trip or just running errands. You don't have time to eat so you walk in to one of those places. You order, you eat, and you're out in 20 minutes. Not long after that you hate yourself for putting that junk in your body. — John Ondo


How two Charleston entrepreneurs launched beloved fast casual chains
How two Charleston entrepreneurs launched beloved fast casual chains Holding Fast

If you've ever wondered why the soups at Ladles taste so homey it's because they are all owner Suzie Allen's mother's recipes. — Kinsey Gidick


Charleston has plenty of drink deals, but some are worthier than others
Charleston has plenty of drink deals, but some are worthier than others The Happiest Hour

When I'm on a budget (please see: always) there are two indulgences I never cut out. No matter how broke I am, I refuse to give up on buying coffee and I refuse to give up buying booze. Those drinks taste better when you buy them. I swear, they do. — Connelly Hardaway


Charleston go-tos for cheap breakfast to go
Charleston go-tos for cheap breakfast to go Moveable Morning Feasts

That whole "most important meal of the day" adage may have a ring of truth to it, but the lecture on skipping breakfast is just so judgy. —


50 great things to eat in Charleston for $9 or less
50 great things to eat in Charleston for $9 or less More for Less

We do a lot of bitching about not being able to find cheap eats in Charleston. But if you look a little closer, there are tons of places to get a great meal for less. And cheap food doesn't have to taste like it is. Here are some of the best local eats on a budget. — Kinsey Gidick