The ultimate guide to NoDa lunches for less than $10

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Whether you’re dining solo, planning a work-based lunch meeting, or just grabbing a bite with friends, there are plenty of places in NoDa where you can do so without breaking the bank.

Here is your guide to lunches under $10 in Charlotte’s arts district:

Benny Pennello’s

2909 N. Davidson St. #100

You can get any of Benny’s signature 28” pizzas by the slice for well under $10. Year-round options include the Cheese ($4), Pepperoni ($5), Sliced Italian Sausage ($5) or Garlic Mushroom ($5), or you can try one of the monthly specials for $5 each.

Brooks’ Sandwich House

2710 N. Brevard St.

Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can stop by this cash-only NoDa staple for… well, literally anything on the menu. It’s all under $10, and it’s all delicious. Personally, I like to stick to the classic Double Burger With Cheese ($5.25) served “all the way” with chili, mustard, and onions.

The Red House Cafe

3046 N. Davidson St.

Order yourself some Banging Chili ($4.75/cup, $6.85/bowl) or opt for an Italian Dog ($8.85) served with sautéed peppers, onion and potatoes. If you want to end with something sweet, you could also get a cup or cone of fresh Ice Cream ($3.50/small, $4.50/large) in a variety of flavors, made locally in North Carolina.

Haberdish

3106 N. Davidson St.

Technically, Haberdish only serves “weekday brunch” and dinner. But you can stop by during lunch hours to order Mac and Cheese ($5) with a Fried Chicken Tender ($2.50 each) or Drumstick Soup ($8) made with bone broth, vegetables, a braised drumstick and a slow-poached egg. If you want something healthier, opt for the Kale Salad ($6) served with orange, candied benne, goat cheese and pomegranate dressing.

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub

3116 N. Davidson St.

Try the renowned French Onion Soup ($8) made with melted gruyere and crostini, or go for the Baby Arugula Salad ($7 for a small) served with toasted pine nuts, tunisian dates, fried manchego cheese and fig balsamic dressing. Or if you’d prefer something sweet, there’s always the Butter Sugar Crepe ($5.5).

Growlers Pourhouse

3120 N. Davidson St.

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First and foremost: the Popcorn is free and makes a great pre-lunch snack. Follow it up with one of many options:

  • The housemade Beer Brat ($8) served on a bun with juniper berry sauerkraut
  • The Sweet Italian Sausage ($8) on a bun with peppers and onions
  • The Reuben ($9) served on marble rye with corned beef, sriracha Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, purple slaw and juniper berry sauerkraut
  • The Bologna Sandwich ($8) served on sourdough with pickles, mayo, gruyere and onion straws
  • The Smashed Club ($8.50) served on sourdough with turkey, ham, cheese, bacon, tomatoes and mayo
  • The BLT ($8) served on sourdough with homemade fresh mozzarella and fig balsamic vinaigrette
  • Any of the tacos, including the Korean Pork Belly Taco ($4), Fried Chicken Taco ($4), Tempeh Taco ($4), or Smoked Brisket Taco ($4)

Cabo Fish Taco

3201 N. Davidson St.

Speaking of tacos, you can find plenty of them at Cabo Fish Taco… but unfortunately, none of them are under $10. However, you could get the Cabo Casa Salad ($9.50) for a blend of fresh greens tossed with tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, cucumbers and mushrooms, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh herbs and a housemade vinaigrette.

Sabor Latin Street Grill

3205 N. Davidson St.

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If you’re in NoDa and craving tacos, don’t despair—you can find under-budget tacos a-plenty at Sabor, including:

  • Tacos Autenticos ($2.95 each), corn tortillas served with your choice of protein and topped with cilantro, diced onion and a lime wedge
  • Tacos Americanos ($2.95 each), flour tortillas served with your choice of protein and topped with lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese
  • Tacos Locos ($3.75 each), corn tortillas served with your choice of protein and topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, cilantro and lime
  • Curtido Fish Tacos ($3.75 each), corn tortillas topped with seared tilapia, curtido slaw, tomato and cilantro

And you can find way more than just tacos for under $10. In fact, unless you choose to upgrade your protein or add on additional toppings, there’s nothing over $10 on the menu. Personally, I usually opt for the Quinoa Avocado Bowl ($7.95), which is quinoa and brown rice with avocado, grilled vegetables, and cilantro lime yogurt sauce.

Jack Beagle’s

3213 N. Davidson St.

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Mac and cheese at JackBeagle’s.

Just next door, you’ll find another spot with tons of under $10 options for your lunch break at Jack Beagle’s. You could get a six-count of Boneyard Wings ($6.49) in one of 12 signature flavors, a few Jack’s Ripper ($2.99) smoked all-beef hot dogs, any of the five 7” Steak Sandwiches ($7.99), a bowl of their legendary Jack-Mac ($3.99) mac and cheese, or… well, aside from the 12” steak sandwiches, quite literally anything else on the menu. So many choices.

Billy Jack’s Shack

3220 N. Davidson St.

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Located in the former space of Davidson St. Public House, you can swing by Billy Jack’s Shack for lunch and get any of the Sliders ($9 for two), half a dozen Chicken Wings ($7), or Oven Top Chili ($9).  If you’re searching for something on the healthier side, try a Southwest Chopped Cobb Salad ($8), the Big Greek Chopper Salad ($8), The Wedgie Salad ($7), or a Classic Caeser Salad ($7).

Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen

501 E. 36th St.

Just look for the big ol’ gator—you can’t miss it. Once inside, order the She Crab Soup ($5/cup, $8/bowl), a cup of Seafood Gumbo ($4) or Gumbo YaYa ($4) or a bowl of Red Beans ($9). You could also opt for any of the Baw’deen sandwiches served on freshly baked beignet dough, like the Pulled Pork Baw’deen ($9), Pimento Cheese Baw’deen ($9) or the Sriracha Shrimp Baw’deen ($9). And don’t forget about the Veggie Burger ($7.50) or the Turkey Sandwich ($9) if you’re craving something a little less Creole and a little more classic.

Deejai Noodle Bar

3629-103 N. Davidson St.

Just up the road, you can find something inexpensive to satiate you at Deejai Noodle Bar, like the Thai Chicken Wings ($9) or the Thai Sausage ($6), served on a bun with Thai slaw and peanuts. In the mood for sushi? Get a classic like the California Roll ($6.50) or a Spicy Tuna Roll ($7.99), or branch out with something like a Dynamite Roll ($8.99) made with spicy tuna and jalapeno, then deep-fried and topped with eel sauce.

NoDa Bodega

1200 E. 36th St.

Further down E. 36th St. toward The Plaza, you can pop into NoDa Bodega for a variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads within your budget—just like Sabor, unless you request add-ons like a scoop of Bodega Hummus ($1.50) or Herb-Roasted Chicken Salad ($2), everything on the menu comes in under $10.

I recommend one of the sandwiches, like the Italian Stallion ($8), made with prosciutto, finocchiona, cappocollo, fresh mozzarella, basil, and peppadew relish on a baguette, or the Caprese ($7), prepared with fresh mozzarella, roasted tomato spread, tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic on a baguette. But you can also turn any of the salads on the menu into a sandwich or wrap, so get creative!

Local Loaf

800 E. 35th St.

If you haven’t visited Local Loaf’s new NoDa location yet, you can find it tucked away on E. 35th St. Stop by for a Local Loaf Burger ($9.50) made with a 6 oz. tri-tip beef blend, aged white cheddar, arugula, tomato jam, onions and bacon on a brioche bun. Or try the Kickin’ Chicken ($9) with hand breaded chicken tenders, Local Loaf sweet and sour hot sauce, garlic aioli and bread and butter pickles on a brioche bun.

6 COMMENTS

  1. You literally just looked at every restaurant in NoDa and listed items under $10. Real people don’t eat only a tiny Kale salad or one chicken tender for lunch.

    CMON MAN

    • As the folks at Haberdish can attest, I order the small kale salad with one chicken tender pretty frequently. It’s delightful. So are the dozens of other larger lunches on this list. Take your pick, man!

  2. Very weak to list a $9 sandwich. Add a drink, tax, and tip, and you’re closer to $20 than $10. Even if you drink water, you’re still over $10. I mean it’s just lazy list-making.

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