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Brent's on Broad
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 40 Broad St. 843-8081
Lunch
Brent's courtyard is one of the cutest places in town for a weekday lunch. The menu offers a salad or sandwich for the quick eater or ameat-and-three style plate for the hungrier set. Duck into the brick-lined back porch and enjoy breakfast as well -- the selection covers light and hearty breakfasts alike. Just don't try it on Saturday -- Brent's is closed. What a shame!

Bubba Slye's
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 70 Beaufain St. 853-0660
Lunch and Dinner
This is the junkiest of all junk food joints. The 'sammiches' are big and sloppy, the fries are hot and crispy, and the room in which you eat these subs and taters is tiny. This all adds up to one great place to kill a hangover. Not a bad thing given its Beaufain Street location, barely a stone's throw from the College of Charleston.

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East Bay Deli
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 334 E. Bay St. 723-1234; 159 Market St. 723-4443
Lunch and Dinner
East Bay Deli is the lunchtime savior of many a downtown working person. The salad bar is a deal, with lots of toppings from prepared tuna salad to crumbled blue cheese. The sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, wraps, and soups are all dependably good, and the service, while occasionally overwhelmed with 90 percent of their business showing up between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., is usually competent. They'll do their best to bring your chili-stuffed potato or bowl of broccoli soup to your table, even if sometimes you have to wave to help them find you in the crowd.

Eclectic Chefs chocolate baby bundt cake looks so sweet
  • Eclectic Chefs chocolate baby bundt cake looks so sweet

The Eclectic Chef
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Summerville. 125 Central Ave. 821-7733
Lunch and Dinner
Tucked away in a corner of downtown Summerville, the Eclectic Chef serves up an array of tasty and fresh sandwiches and salads in a bright, cheerful room. Whether it's a packed panini or an excellent grilled chicken salad, this little gem of a lunch spot keeps the quality level high. There's to-go food in the form of 'take-n-bake' lasagna and the like, and don't forget a wonderful selection of house-made desserts and pastry.

Ed's Wanna Be Famous Hot Dogs
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5 and under
Downtown. 54 1/2 Wentworth St. 568-1987
Lunch
Ed's keeps it simple, offering just a few hot dogs on the cheap, a variety of toppings, and bags of chips and cupcakes for dessert. You won't need much more than five bucks to fill up on a fully dressed dog and a drink, and there's even the 'carrot dog,' a large, marinated carrot on a bun with any hot dog topping you like.

Five Loaves Cafe
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 43 Cannon St. 937-4303; 372 King St., inside Millennium Music. 805-7977; Mt. Pleasant. 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 849-1043
Lunch and Dinner
You can't help but love watching Casey Glowacki in the kitchen. He's serious and moving all the time, and almost always visible through the window of Five Loaves' Cannon Street home. Five Loaves offers lots of choices for lunch and shows a particular penchant for excellent soups, including our favorite, a red pepper purée with polenta croutons. The many options for combining a soup or salad with a half-sandwich, or just sipping a three-soup sampler, make Five Loaves great for just nibbling or for a more substantial lunch.

Iacofano Deli
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
James Island. 10A Windermere Blvd. 225-DELI; Mt. Pleasant, 626 Coleman Blvd. 881-3323
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
John Iacofano graduated from Johnson & Wales and opened his first little deli in the South Windermere shopping center near Starbucks. His sandwiches and classic Italian entrées far surpass any expectations he sets with the humble storefront dining room. The prices are reasonable, and the take-home options -- fresh pastas, sauces, and meats -- are life-savers for the busy person who would like to eat with a little style. A new Mt. P location expands this worthwhile operation.

Jack's Cosmic Dogs
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5 and under
Mt. Pleasant. 2805 Hwy 17. 884-7677
Lunch and Dinner
Nine varieties of hot dogs, including the Cosmic Dog and the Galactic Dog, form the core of Jack's Cosmic Dogs at the intersection of Hwy. 41 and 17N. They are big fat Boar's Head hot dogs topped with every kind of relish imaginable, and the extra treats are the frozen custard, shoestring fries, and spiky draft root beer. The Galactic Dog is the best -- chili, cheese, slaw, and spicy mustard. If you're really serious, switch to blue cheese slaw for the Blue Galactic. Throw any dietary concern out the window and sign up for the fries and a root beer float as well. You won't soon forget your gluttony in this great retro setting.

Joseph's Restaurant
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 129 Meeting St. 958-8500
Breakfast, Lunch, and Sunday Brunch
Joseph's is a charmer for sure, and located far enough down Meeting Street to be a natural for a Sunday morning stroll or a nice break in the day for lunch. The food is good as well, with a straightforward offering of sandwiches, salads, and a Sunday brunch that brings customers back again and again. The room is comfy and light, and truly feels like the Old South in a way that is uniquely Charleston.

Just Fresh Bakery & Market
More Than A Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Mt. Pleasant. Seaside Farms, 881-9600; Belle Hall Shopping Ctr. 881-1311. N. Charleston. North Rivers Town Center, 572-4702; Downtown. IMAX, 577-1000
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Just Fresh has something for those of us tired of the fast food grind. Hot and cold wraps and sandwiches, tossed-to-order salads and pizzas, pasta, sushi, grab 'n' go specialties, baked goods, and more fill the menu of this growing chain that is best suited to lunch -- particularly for large meetings full of people with widely varying food tastes.

Rising High Natural Bread Co.
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 480 E. Bay St. 958-8596
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Rising High is a great, easy downtown lunch, and the delivery service is especially nice for busy meeting days. They'll bring you piles of delicious sandwiches on their freshly-made sweet black bread along with chips, wraps, and panini. The prices are reasonable, the lunches are yummy, the selection will make even a large, picky group happy, and the location on East Bay Street is perfect for busy peninsula professionals who don't happen to have a power lunch scheduled.

Rising Roll Gourmet
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 145 Calhoun St. 723-9092
Lunch
Another contender for a great lunch in the crowded downtown sandwich scene, Rising Roll Gourmet has an extensive menu of gourmet sandwiches served on their deliciously chewy boule (in a variety of flavors). Their salads are big and fresh and complemented by a couple of tasty housemade dressings. The Greek salad is a feta cheese explosion that's become a regular feature on our weekly lunch menu, and their Maui Salad with pecans, orange slices, and blue cheese is just the right meal in the middle of a hot summer day.

Your Place
More Than a Sandwich
Entrées $5 and under
Downtown. 40 N. Market St. 722-8360
Lunch
Yeah, sadly, the dingy digs down in the swamp district of the lower Market are gone. Fear not, lover of the burger -- the well-seasoned grill lives on, up the street in the Rainbow Market shops. The same friendly faces are there, the same giant cups of sweet tea flow, and we'll wager they're well on their way to getting that funky vibe they used to have back in action. Get a bacon cheeseburger and a heap of fries, then concentrate on stealing your date's onion rings.

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