Cheap Eats: 5 Under $5


Le’s Sandwiches & Cafe  
Bahn Mi    
Navigate the potholed parking lot at Asian Corner Mall, cash in hand, to reach your handsome reward: a sandwich at Le’s. Order the #6: juicy slices of grilled, marinated pork, layered with pickled daikon and carrots, mouth-numbing slices of fresh jalapeño, and herbaceous wisps of cilantro inside a near-perfect French baguette. 4520 N. Tryon St., 704-921-7498
$4.25 (+tax, cash only)

Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream & Drive In 
Fried Chicken Sandwich     
Known mostly for its sugary treats, Mr. K’s also serves up a mean fried chicken sandwich—hot out of the fryer and complete with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Order at the counter, get called by name, and take a seat inside or out on the patio at this mom-and-pop shop in South End. 2107 South Blvd., 704-375-4318
$4.15 (+tax)

Zack’s Hamburgers 
Lending “fast food” a level of charm not often associated with the term, Zack’s is a cherished lunch spot off South Boulevard and Scaleybark Road. Topping many patrons’ personal lists for “Best Burger in Town,” you’d never suspect that this retro joint’s cheeseburger rings in at just $2.65: special sauce, fixin’s, and throwback music included. 4009 South Blvd., 704-525-1720
$2.65 (+tax)

Sabor Latin Street Grill 

The standard logic at Sabor would be to order the tacos. That is, until you order the arepa. Less than $5 will give you almost more than you can handle. The steaming-hot maize cake bursts with shredded chicken, tomato, onion, and rosada sauce (the love child of ketchup and mayonnaise), all topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. Multiple locations.
$4.95 (+tax)

Art’s BBQ and Deli
The staff here knows the regulars by name—and becoming a regular is affordable, with most sandwiches (deli and barbecue) priced around $5. The crisp bacon, crunchy lettuce, and tomato that give the BLT its name are sandwiched between your choice of bread, tinged golden-brown by the toaster and served still warm. A dill pickle completes the classic lunchtime dish. 900 E. Morehead St., 704-334-9424
$4.75 (+tax)

This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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