The ultimate guide to South End lunches for less than $10

by Alisa Phifer

Sometimes you just need to escape the office and clear your brain with a lunch break. But we’re all on a budget here and could use a guide for cheap lunch options. We’ve previously compiled (and eaten our way through) the top Uptown lunch options that you can bank on a solid meal for less than $10, tax included.

Now, we venture beyond the I-277 loop. Here are 13 places with lunch options for under $10 in South End, tax included. We picked out some deliciousness just for you (and ourselves) from the menus. Tip not included.

Lincoln’s Haberdashery

1300 South Blvd.

Try: The Caesar Salad with Romaine, reggiano parm, anchovy egg dressing and house croutons ($9.74).

Try: The Grilled Cheese sandwich with gruyere, shallots and thyme on house-made bread ($ 9.47).

Try: The Bread Soup, made with chicken broth, tomato, fennel, garlic, Evoo, red onion, basil and reggiano parm ($7.58).

Joe and Nosh

500 E Morehead St., #150-B

Try: The Cool Turkey Sandwich with smoked turkey breast, cucumbers, dill mayo, on choice of whole wheat or brioche. ($7.57).

Try: The Joe and Nosh Salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, croutons, carrots and cheddar cheese ($5.41). You can also add grilled chicken, for a grand total of $9.74, or pair the basic salad with a cup of soup for a grand total of $9.74.

Try: The Greek Grilled Cheese with spinach, tomato, grilled onions, artichoke hearts, pepperoncini peppers, provolone, feta spread and mayo on whole wheat or brioche ($7.57).


2433 South Blvd.

For starters, the chips and salsa are free here (as it should be!).

Try: The Chopped Salad with Romaine, avocado, corn, black beans, tomato, charred onion and chipotle cream ($7.58).

Try: The 2 for 7 tacos, perhaps the Vegetarian — with roasted poblano pepper, pickled red onion, corn, scallions and cilantro — and the Baja Fish — beer-battered white fish, jalapeno cream, cilantro and pico de gallo ($7.58).

Try: The Vegetarian Quesadilla with corn, cremini mushrooms, charred onion, tomato, chihuahua cheese and black beans. Which also comes with beans ($8.66).

Seoul Food Meat Co.

1400 S Church St. a.

Try: Six wings ($9.74). Choose soy garlic, spicy BBQ, or three of each. Also, their wings are MASSIVE – like, the size of your fist.

Try: Kimbap, which they specify is NOT sushi, but is basically the Korean version of sushi ($6.50). It’s made from cooked rice, dried sheets of laver seaweed, pickled cucumbers and daikon, spinach, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Options include bulgogi, tuna, fire tuna, fire chicken, cheese, fire squid, pulled pork, kimchi and beef rib nigiri.

Try: Any two sides ($4.33 each). Take your pick of the spring roll, ramen mac ’n’ cheese, kim-chili, kim-chili ramen mac ‘n’ cheese, pimento corn cheese, sriracha cracklins, Seoul Good salad, tomato salad, kimchi vinegar slaw, potato swirl, bao buns, green tea corn bread, loaded mashed potato salad, Doenjang collard greens, dirty white rice (or brown rice), soy pickled deviled eggs, Chojang broccoli salad and sweet potato birds nest.

Craft Growler Shop & Tasting Room

1320 S Church St.

Try: The Charcuterie Board: served with olives and locally baked bread, Heritage Farms sopressata and prosciutto ($9.74). (BUT on Wednesdays, they’re $6.50.)

Try: The Baby Kale Salad, add prosciutto: made with baby kale, parmesan, lemon, olive oil, toasted croutons, and classic caesar dressing ($8.66)

Try: The Verde Flatbread with garlic oil, arugula, fresh goat cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, and a bag of Carolina kettle chips ($8.93)

Pike’s Old-Fashioned Soda Shop 

1930 Camden Road

Try: The Barbecue Chicken Flatbread: BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onion, provolone ($9.73).

Try: The Blackened Fish Tacos, with flounder, guacamole, jack cheese, cilantro served on a flour tortilla with fresh salsa and a side of coleslaw ($9.73).

Try: The Grilled Pimento Cheese, homemade, with a side of fries, fresh fruit, or homemade potato chips ($7.57).

Crispy Crepe 

1436 South Blvd.

Try: The Cinnamon Roll Waffle, a Liège waffle topped with cinnamon, almonds, streusel and sweet glaze ($9.73).

Try: The Bruschetta Savory Crêpe, a garlic crusted crêpe with fresh mozzarella, diced Roma tomatoes and garlic basil-pesto drizzle with basil vinaigrette ($9.73).

Try: The Grilled Cheese Portabella, which is grilled tomatoes, chargrilled onions and grilled portabella mushrooms topped with jack cheese and basil vinaigrette served on a baguette ($8.93).

Fuel Pizza

1801 South Blvd.

Try: A combo with two slices of pepperoni plus two garlic knots made of fresh dough, hand-tied and perfect for dipping in Fuel marinara sauce ($8.42).

Try: The Fuel Cobb Salad with tomatoes, red onions, chicken, smoked bacon, egg and bleu cheese, served with avocado ranch dressing ($9.69).

Try: A combo with two slices of spinach, ricotta and tomato pizza (with tomato sauce, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and garlic herb cheese) plus two garlic knots ($9.07).

Fidelli Kitchen 

 1616 Camden Road, #100

Note: Fidelli offers free sweet tea, coffee, and cucumber basil water.

Try: The Meatball Cone. It’s like it sounds: meatballs in marinara with penne pasta, grilled veggies, topped with fresh-grated parmesan cheese and served in a warm Fidelli bread cone ($9.74).

Try: The Chicken Pesto Sandwich with sliced chicken breast and tomatoes, topped with provolone and pesto mayo ($9.74).

Try: The Penne Power Bowl. Get a bowl of penne pasta with basil pesto sauce, shaved parmesan, and a slew of free fresh-veggie add-ons, including cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms, spinach, kale, red onions, artichoke, zucchini and squash ($8.66).

Bulgogi Box

1750 Camden Road, Suite 104

Try: The Potstickers. These are pan-seared dumplings with pork and chicken blend filling, served with Ponzu dipping sauce ($7.51). Add Miso Soup ($2.14) for a grand total of ($9.65).

Try: The B.B. Frites, which are Russet potato fries seasoned with a Korean spice blend and served with spicy aioli ($6.44). Add a Side Salad featuring lemon ginger, garlic miso or house vinaigrette ($3.22) for a grand total of $9.66.

Try: The Korean Fried Chicken Wings. You get your choice of honey butter, and spicy Korean red or dry rub (Korean spice blend, hot or mild). It’s served with Asian coleslaw for a total of $9.65.

Leroy Fox 

1616 Camden Road, Suite 150

Try: The Fox Den Wings tossed in your choice of Cajun, buffalo, honey buffalo, barbalo, hot, BBQ or chef’s sauce, then finished on the grill. They are served with carrots, celery and ranch or bleu cheese for dipping. Six wings, total ($8.66).

Try: The Zucchini Fries, served with boom boom sauce and ranch ($8.66). For something lighter. But still fried.

Try: The Side Mac & Cheese and Side Salad ($8.66).

Price’s Chicken Coop

1614 Camden Road

Try: The ¼ Chicken (white) Dinner. It’s served with coleslaw, French fries, hushpuppies and a roll ($8.12). Add an iced tea ($1.18) for a grand total of $9.30.

Try: Golden Brown Shrimp Dinner: It’s served with coleslaw, French fries, hushpuppies and a roll ($8.88).

Try: The Cheeseburger ($2.50) and add a side of hushpuppies ($2.17), French fries ($2.17) and an iced tea ($1.18). for a grand total of $8.02.

Shell Gas Station

200 East Blvd.

This is not a joke.

Try: The Fried Chicken Two Piece Breast and Wing. Add one side for a total of $6.39, or two sides for a total of $7.49. Then you might as well just keep going, with a large drink for $0.99.

Photos: Alisa Phifer


  1. It does seem crazy, but that Shell Gas Station has amazing fried chicken. Their broccoli and cheese casserole is also legit. Find a parking spot on East and bring a camping chair.


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