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Lunch on the cheap
Fill up your belly without emptying your wallet
Jordan and Jennifer behind the bar at Foxy Loxy

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

Wi–fi: Yes

Monday–Saturday 11am–7pm


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

Wi–fi: yes

Mon–Sunday 6:30 am–3pm

PJ Thai

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

Wi–fi: Yes

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.