It’s not easy finding a $5 lunch. Even more difficult: finding a $5 lunch in Charleston, South Carolina. Vying with Savannah as the crown jewel of the deep south, Charleston is one of the most expensive cities in the south for dining. You would typically have to find a food cart in downtown Charleston to find something for less than $5. However, I recently found a small cafe that not only captures the essence of Charleston, but also offers several lunch options for less than $5.
The Tomato Shed is a Charleston restaurant that captivates the essence of the south. It’s nothing fancy from the outside, but inside features some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area. The main draw is its farmers market which features fresh local produce from area farmers. The Tomato Shed Cafe takes the local produce and uses it to make fresh sandwiches and warm, southern classics.
Surprisingly, there are several items you can get at the Charleston cafe for less than $5. Although you could get a PB & J with chips for $5, I recommend going with a sandwich that features some of the homegrown items like the Egg Salad Sandwich. For just $4.95, the Egg Salad Sandwich comes with chips or a side, and water, tea or coffee. Available side items include potato salad, fresh fruit, cole slaw, rice and gravy, mac and cheese and several other items. There are also several bread choices for your sandwich, including white, wheat and rye.
Although The Tomato Shed’s best option for under $5 is the sandwich, side and drink combination, the Charleston restaurant offers several other mix and match options that can bring a total under $5. Guests can get a side item for $2.25 to mix with a soup of the day for $2.25. The Tomato Shed is open only for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
[Photo courtesy of Charleston's The Digitel]