Day 3 of Cheap Eats: Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Morrisville, Durham

Posted April 30, 2008

Is your appetite bigger than your budget? All this week, WRAL Reporter Kim Dean is traveling to local restaurants to find the best meals under $10.

On Wednesday, she found meals in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Morrisville and Durham.

If your stomach is growling, how about some soup? Pho, a dinner-sized soup at Vietnamese restaurant Lime and Basil in Chapel Hill, can be filling.

The soup is full of meat and vegetables. To make it, rice noodles are cooked for a few seconds and then they heap on the meat. In Dean’s case, the meat was beef shank and brisket. Then, they add broth. It's served with basil, lime and sprouts.

The soup, a drink and tax totaled $9.90.

Dean’s next stop was Pita Delite in Raleigh where they specialize in Mediterranean food.

Dean ordered a plate full of traditional meat with a grilled pita, hummus, a Greek salad and a soda. All that, plus tax, came to $9.80.

At the Dakota Grill in Morrisville, they specialize in Bison burgers. Bison is only $1 more, but it put Dean over her budget, so she ordered the Triple B burger – bacon, beef and blue cheese. With a drink and tax, it cost $9.91.

Finally, Dean headed to Thompson’s in Durham. Under new ownership, this spot used to be called Coleman’s. Managers say all that has changed is the name. It's the same food and same great deal.

The fish is dipped in homemade breading and served with sides – their coleslaw being a specialty. The entire meal, a drink and tax was $9.10.

Thursday on WRAL’s Morning News at 6, Dean finds a fresh fish dinner for $7, a massive burrito and Jamaican cuisine for under $10.


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  • 2thebeach May 1, 2008

    Why are so many people complaining about this story?

    Not every lunch has to be eaten out - $10 once in a while is reasonable. This story provides choices for those days you do get to eat out.

  • Handle With Care Apr 30, 2008

    The best part of this story is the comments, because you can get honset opinions about what the food actually taste like, as that was not mentioned at all in the article.To me the best tasting soup in town is at the Irregardless $4.Thier red pepper crab is yummy.

  • angora2 Apr 30, 2008

    $10/day for lunch? Not only is it too much to spend, you'll spend at least the same at the doctor's office when your weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol go through the roof. Volume does not equal quality nutrition!

  • Grumpy-Not Apr 30, 2008

    Sanford has some good deals if you are around for lunch. Tony's Seafood on Horner BLVD has meal deals every day for under $6 and Crossroads Grill has daily specials as well as 5 hotdogs for $5 everyday.

  • redcharopink Apr 30, 2008

    try firehousesubs in chapel hill $7.36 for a 8 inch hot sub, chips and medium drink. this price includes tax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justin T. Apr 30, 2008

    I hope the 3rd installment in the "not-so-cheap-eats" series will be the last. I am not looking for a $10 meal when on a budget.

    I'm sure this has been posted already, but that comes to $200 per month for lunch. That is not cheap.

    When I first saw the "cheap eats" headline I expected a story on getting a gas station hot dog and a cup of ice to run some tap water into. Approximate price = $2.

    That's cheap eats.

  • redrum29 Apr 30, 2008

    Ten bucks for one person is not cheap. My idea of cheap is that both my son and I can get dinner for 5 bucks total at Wendy's. We take the 10 piece nugget combo and medium size it so we get bigger fries and a bigger drink. Comes out to 5 dollars even. But with the rising price of everything, I am sure I'll see that go up to 5.25 or 5.50 soon. Either way, two people for 5 bucks is my kind of cheap.

  • photoz Apr 30, 2008

    perhaps they should put more cheap in their eats... under $10 was the criteria??? Thats an expensive lunch.

    Who is this Kim Dean lady? Is she new? Shes kinda hot... :-)

  • 1Rx4FN Apr 30, 2008

    Will next week's review be about hospitals? I will need to find a place with a great cath lab and cardiac rehab after all of that food. Some of those places for under $10 don't seen the most healthy places to eat.

    Plus, I thought only Bob Dole spoke/wrote in the 3rd person.

  • Slip Kid Apr 30, 2008

    This is cheap food for a sit down meal, not the cheapest food you can find. If you want the cheapest fast food that'll fill you up try this - McD's 99 cents Double Cheese burger and the large $1 iced tea. Walk out for $2.13.