50 must-try Charlotte Cheap Eats under $10

50 must-try Charlotte Cheap Eats under $10
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This article was updated August 2018. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, check restaurant hours/menus before you go.

The best ways to fill up in Charlotte on 10 bucks or less.

Giant slice at Benny Pennello’s, $4-$5

The slices from their massive 28-inch pies are bigger than your head and they serve until 3 a.m. on the weekends.

Address: 2909 N. Davidson Street | Website


Lil’ Cheesy at Papi Queso, $6

You know a food truck dedicated solely to the humble grilled cheese is going to do it up right with a classic childhood blend of cheddar, American and provolone with sea salt and herbs.

Location: see truck schedule | Website

Cheesesteak at Clover Joe’s, $7.25

It’s not just cheap; it’s the best. Ted named it the #1 cheesesteak in Charlotte.

Address: 124 Brevard Court | Website


#6 at Le’s Sandwiches, $4.25

The Charlotte institution has been serving up traditional Vietnamese sandwiches since 2004, and nothing on the menu is over $5. First timer? Read this. Vegetarian: #11.

Address: Asian Corner Mall, 4521 N. Tryon Street | Website


Cheesesteak potato at Ace of Spuds, $9

One of the most popular food trucks to hit the scene this year features loaded jacket potatoes and potato skins stuffed with gourmet fillings like cheesesteak with white American cheese, steak, red and green peppers and onions. Vegetarian: Get the seasonal veggie spud ($7, vegan options available).

Location: see truck schedule | Website

Chicken & dumplings at Dish, $8.29

This generous bowl of straight up Southern comfort food is served with a biscuit, deviled egg and your choice of a side. Mac & cheese is aways a good choice. Vegetarian: Cajun veggie loaf and mashed potatoes.

Address: 1220 Thomas Avenue | Website

Speedy Gonzalez at Anita’s Mexican Grill, $5.25

The gas station gem is a favorite among in-the-know fans of Mexican food. The Speedy Gonzalez combo comes with a taco, enchilada, rice, beans, chips and salsa.

Address: 2904 Yorkmont Road 


BEC on a cheddar biscuit at Sunflour Baking Company, $7.25

You’ll dream about that cheddar biscuit daily, but their giant flaky croissants are also legendary. Decisions, decisions. Prefer something sweet? The cinnamon roll is out of this world.

Address: 2001 E. 7th Street and 220 East Boulevard | Website

Lunch specials at Miguel’s, $4.25

A different deal every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Taco salad on Monday, burrito on Tuesday, quesadilla on Wednesday and so on (all the way through Sunday).

Address: 4252 Business Center Drive | Website

Kinda Fried Turkey Sandwich at Pinky’s, $7.50

Herbed turkey breast, provolone, bacon, basil, tomato and garlic-parmesan spread. Vegetarian: Get The Nature Boy veggie burger “White Trash Style.”

Address: 1600 W. Morehead Street | Website

Gyro at Little Village Grill, $4.99

Everything on the menu at this family-run Greek food counter is under $6. Vegetarian: Get the falafel pita.

Address: 710 W. Trade Street | Website

The Char Heel at JJ’s Red Hots, $3.99

JJ’s best-selling dog is smothered in chili, slaw, diced onions and yellow mustard. They have veggie dogs, too.

Address: multiple locations | Website

Grit bowl with a farm egg at Earl’s Grocery, $5.99

Geechie Boy grits with green tomato chow chow and cheddar cheese. Add a farm egg for $1.50.

Address: 1609 Elizabeth Avenue | Website

Chicken and lamb combo at Halal Food Cart, $5.99 (cash only)

Expect to wait in a winding line during peak hours at this landmark food cart at the corner of Trade & Tryon. The chicken and lamb combo ($5.99) is their most popular dish. Cash only.

Location: corner of Trade & Tryon

Chicken Torta at Rhino Market, $7.99

Pulled chicken, avocado, provolone, jalapenos, tomato, lettuce and mayo on ciabatta. Ted raves about it. Vegetarian: The Tofu You is the truth.

Address: 1500 W. Morehead Street and 400 S. Tryon Street | Website

Supreme nachos at Sabor, $7.95

A mountain of tortilla chips topped with queso, refried beans or black beans, lettuce, sour cream, pico, guacamole (no, it’s not extra!) and your choice of protein. Vegetarian: Get tofu ranchero as your protein.

Address: multiple locations | Website

Pork BBQ tray at Bar-B-Q King, $7.95

Serving west Charlotte since 1959.

Address: 2900 Wilkinson Boulevard | Website

BEC at Poppy’s Bagels, $4.29

We saw Greg Olsen here one time, no big deal.

Address: 2921 Providence Road | Website


Tacos at Tacos el Nevado, $2 each

The real deal.

Address: 4715 Central Avenue and 4640 South Boulevard | Website

Quarter chicken plate at Price’s Chicken Coop, $7.75

A Charlotte classic.

Address: 1614 Camden Road | Website


Hashbrowns “All the Way” at Midnight Diner, $5.49

This 24-7-365 diner is the place to be for late-night eats after the bars close. The “all the way” upgrade on the hashbrowns adds cheese, ham and onions.

Address: 115 E. Carson Boulevard | Website

12-inch Italian at Sandwich Max, $8.50

It’s their #2 most popular sandwich and we like a runner up. Looking for #1? It’s the TCB — Turkey Cordon Bleu, aka Takin’ Care of Business. Vegetarian: Try the Garden Burger or build your own veggie sandwich with hummus.

Address: 1941 E. 7th Street | Website

Classic Mac at Jack Beagle’s, $2.99

The perfect low-brow drink pairing is a heaping bowl of mac & cheese.

Address: 3213 N. Davidson Street | Website

Chicken Torta at Sav/Way, $7.50 (cash only)

The cash-only sandwich counter features 20+ torta options.

Address: 4459 Central Avenue | Website


Vegetarian combo at La Shish Kabob, $7.99

Hommus, salad, baba ghannouj, falafel and yalanji served with pita bread.

Address: 3117 N. Sharon Amity Road | Website

la shish kabob falafel

Burger “All the Way” with cheese at Brooks’ Sandwich House, $4.25

Serving Charlotte’s best burger since 1973.

Address: 2710 N. Brevard Street | Website

1/4 chicken with 2 sides at Viva Chicken, $8.75

You’ll want to bathe in the sauces. Vegetarian: The quinoa-stuffed avocado is nuts.

Address: multiple locations | Website


Dogs at Vic the Chili Man’s Cart

Charlotte’s favorite hot dog slinger is Vic “The Chili Man” Werany. He makes his own sauces, is constantly concocting inventive new specials and even has veggie dogs. Get a full meal with a dog, chips and a drink under $10.

Address: S. Tryon and 4th Street | Website

Chicken Kebab Lunch Special at Jasmine Grill, $6.99

Served with lentil soup, salad, veggies and rice.

Address: 5033 South Boulevard 


Po Boy Sandwiches at Po Boy’s Lowcountry Seafood Market, $5.95 – $9.95

Choose from fried catfish, flounder, shrimp, softshell crab and more.

Address: 3022 Freedom Drive | Website


Veliki cevapi at Euro Grill, $8.99

An authentic Bosnian sandwich with little sausages stuffed inside a pita-like flatbread called lepinje.

Address: 2719 Central Avenue | Website

Zack’s Special at Zack’s Hamburgers, $5.59

A Charlotte institution since 1975.

Address: 4009 South Boulevard | Website


Philly cheesesteak at Whooli’s, $8.50

A sneaky good spot you may have missed on Independence Boulevard.

Address: 7146 E. Independence Boulevard | Website

Burrito at Johnny Burrito, $8.08

You’ll find this crazy popular burrito counter in the basement of Wells 2. The line gets intense at lunchtime so be ready to wait. Vegetarian: Veggie burritos are $7.39.

Address: 301 S. Tryon Street | Website

Frito pie at Tipsy Burro, $5

A bag of Fritos topped with chili, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Address: 2711 Monroe Road | Website

Italian Stallion at NoDa Bodega, $8

Simple, pressed sandwich made with prosciutto, finocchiona, coppa, fresh mozzarella, basil and peppadew relish on a baguette. It’s one of our 15 best sandwiches in Charlotte.

Address: 1200 E. 36th Street | Website


New York Style Reuben at Bedder Bedder & Moore, $8.79

I believe the photo will speak for itself.

Address: 3501 S. Tryon Street and 1730 Abbey Place | Website

Pizza by the slice at 8.2.0, $4-$5

Or go for a personal 7-inch cauliflower crust pizza ($6-$7) that you can pretend is healthy because it’s made out of vegetables that just happen to also be smothered in cheese.

Address: 820 Hamilton Street | Website

Chili cheese dog at Green’s Lunch, $2.45

Greens has been a Charlotte staple for 91 years. Don’t let the “lunch” fool you; they serve breakfast too.

Address: 309 W. 4th Street | Website

Chili mac at Lupie’s Cafe, $6.75

Choose from four types of chili — Texas, Southern, vegetarian or Cincinnati — served over spaghetti noodles or mac and cheese with a side of cornbread.

Address: 2718 Monroe Road | Website

Big K All the Way ($3.95) and a soft serve cone ($2.25) at Mr. K’s

Mr. K’s opened its doors on South Boulevard way back in 1967. Vegetarian: Yep, they have veggie burgers.

Address: 2107 South Boulevard | Website

All-you-can-eat enchiladas at Three Amigos, $8.99 on Thursdays

You better come hungry.

Address: 2817 Central Avenue | Website


Unlimited lunch buffet at Pizza Peel, $8.99 weekdays 11a-2p

All-you-can-eat pizza, salad and a drink under 10 bucks? Yes, please.

Address: 1600 Central Avenue and 4422 Colwick Road | Website

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BBQ sandwich plate at Bill Spoon’s Barbecue, $8

And every order comes with bottomless hushpuppies.

Address: 5524 South Boulevard | Website

Small Block burger at The Diamond, $5.95

One of our 15 best burgers in Charlotte. Add cheese for $0.50.

Address: 1901 Commonwealth Avenue | Website


Chopped pork BBQ sandwich at Art’s Barbecue & Deli, $4.95

This family-run business opened in 1976.

Address: 900 E. Morehead Street | Website

Chicken and black bean combo at The Roasting Company, $9.15

They’re open until midnight or later every night of the week and you’ll see people lining up for to-go orders at the Montford location as the bars approach last call. Vegetarian: Get the vegetarian combo.

Address: multiple locations  | Website

Totchos at VBGB, $7.50

Nachos but with tots. You get it.

Address: 920 Hamilton Street | Website

Anything at Common Market

The entire deli menu is under $10. Breakfast sandwiches, build-your-own breakfast bowls, sandwiches, salads. You can’t go wrong. Tons of veggie options.

Address: multiple locations | Website

Fat Boy platter at Original Chicken & Ribs, $7.69

Double cheeseburger with fries and a drink.

Address: 1100 Beatties Ford Road | Website

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