Day 4 of Cheap Eats: Wilson, Durham, Cary

Posted May 1, 2008 7:12 a.m. EDT

In day four of Cheap Eats, WRAL Reporter Kim Dean found everything from fish to jerk chicken. Her goal is to get a meal, plus drink and tax, for less than $10 – no fast food allowed.

Worrell’s Restaurant and Seafood Market in Wilson has been making affordable meals for 47 years. Owner Carol Ruffin said she knows her customers depend on fair prices.

“With the high price of gas, everyone is looking for a bargain,” Ruffin said.

Worrell’s sells fresh fish you can make it home, or they'll serve you at the restaurant. They get the fish wholesale and are able to keep the prices down because of the market.

Dean ordered a dinner portion of Tilapia for $5.50. It comes grilled, steamed or fried. With two sides, hush puppies, a drink and tax, the entire meal cost $7.05.

Dean's next stop was Cosmic Cantina near Duke University’s east campus in Durham. This favorite spot of many is tucked away up a flight of stairs where they serve their famous burritos.

Using fresh ingredients, every meal is made to order in minutes. A massive burrito with a drink and tax is $9.33.

“This burrito is as big as my head,” Dean said.

Next on the Cheap Eats menu was Cool Runnings Jamaican Cuisine in Cary.

“The chicken wrap, I heard, is very popular,” Dean said.

The wrap comes with Napa cabbage, sweet peppers and homemade jerk sauce. It's served with chips and a homemade salsa. With a drink and tax, it was $9.57

Friday on WRAL's Morning News at 6, Dean finds everything from homemade lasagna and fresh salad, to a big barbecue meal for under $10.