Charleston's Best Cheap Eats

We join Jeremiah Bacon, chef at The Macintosh in Charleston, South Carolina, to see where he goes for a bite when he’s off the clock. Here, his favorite hidden gems in and around the city
Article: Paula Disbrowe

After working all week at the Oak Steakhouse Restaurant and his new eatery, The Macintosh (which recently received two James Beard Awards nominations), chef Jeremiah Bacon likes to spend his time off with his bulldog, Dottie. “We kick around all day and run errands,” he says. “I call them Daddy-Dottie days.” Here are some of his picks for affordable fare around town.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
1531 Folly Road; 843/225-1817
“The Galactic Dog [$3] at Jack’s is loaded with chili, cheese, slaw, and spicy mustard, and that really hits the spot after a long day. I always order one without a bun for Dottie,” says Jeremiah. Bring your four-legged friend along and grab a spot on the patio.

Tomato Shed Café
842 Main Road; 843/599-9999
“I love to order a slice of warm Tomato Pie [$3] at this tiny spot in the Stono Market on Johns Island. The pie is like a great little tomato lasagna with cheese, mayonnaise, and dried herbs that meld together and get baked into the crust. It’s solid eating with an iced tea.”

WildFlour Pastry
73 Spring Street; 843/327-2621
On Sunday, Jeremiah joins the locals lining up at WildFlour for the outrageously large, gooey sticky buns ($3) topped with caramelized brown sugar and pecans. “They’re chewy and sticky on the outside and tender and steamy in the middle.”

Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive; 843/277-2990
“I like to hang out on their patio with a pint of Paulaner draft [$4.50] and the Lucky
#1 Sandwich [$8], a braised, barbecued pork belly topped with house-made kimchi, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, crispy onions, wasabi mayo, and a sweet red-chili sauce.”

Bull Street Gourmet & Market
120 King Street; 843/722-6464
“Once a week, I meet my dad here and we catch up over the Duck Confit Hash [$10], served with two eggs prepared to order and caramelized onions and sweet peppers.” There’s a location on Bull Street, but you’ll only find the duck confit on King.