By now you’ve certainly run out of holiday leftovers, which means it’s also time to return to your favorite lunch spots for quick and cheap eats.
Whether you’re watching your figure, watching your wallet, or simply looking for a midday meal to fill you up, here are a few helpful suggestions to help you navigate the lunch–time rush without the added frustration of high prices or bad food.
Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe
Located directly across from the public library, Foxy Loxy has replaced Pizza Rustica as the newest addition to the Bull Street corridor student scene. Outdoor seating, a cozy interior with plenty of couch and table space, and most importantly, cheap eats, are three good reasons you should make Foxy Loxy’s a favorite hangout. Owner Jennifer Jenkins works the counter with a bevy of student baristas, serving up a custom blend of locally–roasted PERC coffee and Tex Mex cuisine with a twist. Two–tortilla tacos are $3.50 a piece; flavors rotate daily and come in chicken, vegetarian, carne asada and sometimes shrimp. For the same price, stick a fork in the Huevos Rancheros Quiche, made with local eggs and cheese. If your sweet tooth has taken over, try a vegan chocolate chip cookie for $1.50 or make a meal of the sinful vegan chocolate brownie for $3.50. There’s also a happy hour from 5–8 p.m. offering $2 lattes and Lone Star beers!
Bull Street between 35th and 36th Streets
Average price: $8
This little–known breakfast/lunch spot is the unsung hero of budget dining and a haven for students and downtown professionals. Customers seat themselves in this diner–style restaurant while fry cooks and attentive servers scurry about to keep up with the daily lunch rush. Grab a piping–hot breakfast sandwich at the counter for under $4 or a grilled cheese for $2.75. Order whatever you like; everything on the menu is under $10! Try the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich for $6, or my favorite, the Vegetable Lover’s Omelet. Weekdays, the soup and salad bar does a body good; on the weekends, the expansive breakfast buffet offers traditional brunch fare.
28 Drayton St
Average price: $9
Mon–Sunday 6:30 am–3pm
Some of you know it as the former Jack Leigh Gallery; now it’s the place for amazing curry. Don’t let the basic decor fool you; PJ Thai is a must if you love authentic Asian cuisine and you like it fast. Most entree items run just north of $8 or $9, but consider bringing a friend along the heaping portions easily serve two. If you’ve been burned by subpar Thai takeout before, note that PJ Thai serves up fresh tastes minus the pesky additives, thickening agents or unsightly neon sauces. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Masaman Curry, a hearty dish of coconut milk, potatoes and ginger. If you’d rather dine on the lighter side, definitely pick the Tom Kha Gai, a coconut soup with just the right amount of spice.
147 Abercorn @ Liberty
Average Price $9
Hours of Operation: Monday–Saturday 12–9 p.m.
Brighter Day Natural Foods
For a no–fuss lunch, the deli counter at Brighter Day is the healthiest grab–n–go choice in town. Pick up a ready–made turkey sandwich with avocado for $5.95 or a sprout–stuffed baked cheese sandwich for $4.95. Going gluten–free? Have your sandwich made to order with a variety of wheatless breads. Need a boost? Juice and smoothies are made fresh from organic fruits and veggies. Just because you’re cash–strapped doesn’t mean you can’t take of yourself. We doubt you will find a more wholesome lunch anywhere!
1102 Bull St.
Average Price: $7
Wi–fi: Next door at Sentient Bean
Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 12:30–5 p.m.
Magadalena Bresson is a Professional Writing major at SCAD and a Connect Savannah intern.