6 high-end meals on a low-end budget

Running low on cash but want gourmet meals? No problem! Here in Charleston, that is easy to find.

Charleston has become a culinary hotspot over the past few years offering endless options for every sort of craving.

From pizza to salad, you can find hearty, high-quality meals without the high-priced bill.

To indulge in a gourmet meal for under just $15, check out the list below.


Leons‘ Siam Salad ($10)

Napa cabbage, avocado, peanuts, orange, fried shallots, fresh herbs.



This salad from Leons will leave you so satisfied as it is a huge portion full of the best combination of flavors one could ever find.

If you want to add a protein to the salad, you can add either shrimp or chicken for just $4 more. This dish is more than just a salad.


Indacco‘s Margaretta Pizza ($15)

San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, basil, parmesan.



This pizza is a classic. If you are ever in the mood for an authentic, cheesy margarita pizza, you have come to the right place. This brick oven-baked pizza is a perfect size to share between two people or to eat by yourself… if you are feeling ambitious.


Halls‘ Onion Soup ($9)

Gruyere, croutons, crunchy onions.



If you have never heard of a soup that could suffice as a meal…well, now you have. This famous Hall’s onion soup will change your life.

From the delicious homemade broth, to the gooey gruyere cheese all throughout the soup, to the crunchy onion rings on top, this is a meal fit for a king (or queen).

For just $9 you can fill your stomach with this comforting, decadent meal with an even better atmosphere. You really will feel like royalty.


492‘s Burnt Whole Wheat Tonnarelli ($15)

Egg yolk, Holy Smoke olive oil, bread crumbs.



This pasta dish is one of a kind. From the beautiful presentation, to the infamous Holy Smoke Olive Oil drizzled on top, this is truly is a bang for your buck. The tonnarelli will leave you perfectly satisfied and wanting to come back for more.

For just $15, it is the perfect gourmet dish to please anyone’s pallet.


Poogan’s Porch‘s Mac & Cheese ($8)

Country ham, aged smoked gouda.


Need we say more? Country ham and aged smoked gouda mac & cheese…for just $8.

Although the picture speaks entirely for itself, this mac & cheese is more than mac & cheese. It is an experience. It is the South in one bite.

This macaroni delight will take you back to your childhood and remind you of your grandma’s mac & cheese – but better.

Gourmet, cheesy and cheap… what more could you ask for?


Cypress‘ Sweet & Sour Meatballs ($10)

Ricotta gnocchi, tomato-orange marmalade, ricotta salata


Who doesn’t love some good, handmade ricotta gnocchi?

Try Cypress’s twist on a classic Italian dish because it is spectacular and a definite crowd pleaser.

The meatballs are cooked to perfection, the sauce will leave you wanting more, and the gnocchi is exactly how anyone would want it – light, fluffy and divine.


by Olivia Krause

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