5 Under $5: The Best Cheap Eats in South End
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5 Under $5: The Best Cheap Eats in South End

Wednesday, Aug 16 2017

When you're too lazy to cook but too broke to eat out, what to do? Hit up one of our five favorite spots in South End to score a meal for just a few bucks. And just because you're curing your cravings at an unbeatable price doesn't mean you're skimping on flavor—the best fried chicken in the city awaits!

Carry Out a Charlotte Classic from Price’s Chicken Coop  at Price's Chicken Coop
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Carry Out a Charlotte Classic from Price’s Chicken Coop

Price's Chicken is revered as the best fried chicken in Charlotte. This slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth, fried chicken will make even the pickiest of southern taste buds ecstatic. Order a 1/4 dark or white meat sandwich and you'll scoot out under budget. (Remember, Price's is cash only. ATM available.)

Carry Out a Charlotte Classic from Price’s Chicken Coop
-   .  Price's Chicken Coop   .  Charlotte
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Grab A Bagel Sammie From Owen's at Owen's Bagel & Deli Shop
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Grab A Bagel Sammie From Owen's

Owen's bagels are unforgettable. If you're pinching pennies you can pick between several of their massive, steamed bagel sandwiches for just a few bucks. We'll always go with Mary's Grubby Bubby.

Grab A Bagel Sammie From Owen's
$   .  Owen's Bagel & Deli Shop   .  Charlotte
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Grub on Burgers & Soft Serve at Mr. K's at Mr K's Soft Ice Cream
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Grub on Burgers & Soft Serve at Mr. K's

Mr. K's has been around for 50 years and it feels like their prices have remained unchanged. You have to search the menu high and low to find something over $5. You can easily feast on a Mr. K's dog and a soft serve cone (a must order) and keep your wallet smiling.

Grub on Burgers & Soft Serve at Mr. K's
$   .  Mr K's Soft Ice Cream   .  Charlotte
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Go Old School at Zack's Hamburgers at Zacks Hamburgers
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Go Old School at Zack's Hamburgers

Zack's Hamburgers is a Charlotte institution serving up 'the Burger of Burgers' since 1975. If you're seeking good grub at a good price, this spot will delight.

Go Old School at Zack's Hamburgers
$   .  Zacks Hamburgers   .  Charlotte
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Indulge on French Sweets at Renaissance Patisserie at Renaissance Patisserie
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Indulge on French Sweets at Renaissance Patisserie

Renaissance Patisserie's cases are filled with sweet and savory croissants, gorgeous quiches and decadent pastries. Go for fanciful french pastries that are heavy on the flavor and perfect on price. Plus, they're baked by a true Frenchman—he's worked around the world and for Oprah, works for us!

Indulge on French Sweets at Renaissance Patisserie
$   .  Renaissance Patisserie   .  Charlotte
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5 Under $5: The Best Cheap Eats in South End
5 Under $5: The Best Cheap Eats in South End