Going out for a bite in Downtown Raleigh doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are restaurants at just about every price point. At these seven Downtown Raleigh spots, you can easily get a delicious and filling meal for under $10. The less money you spend on food, the more you can spend on beer, right?

Check out these awesome affordable eats in Downtown Raleigh!

Carroll’s Kitchen

If you need a quick breakfast or lunch on the go, Carroll’s Kitchen is your best bet. The kolaches are freshly made daily, and you can get 4 for just $6! The best part about Carroll’s Kitchen is that it’s more than just a restaurant. It’s a non-profit dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness for Raleigh women.

The Roast Grill

The Roast Grill has been serving up hot dogs on the cheap in Downtown Raleigh since 1940!  The menu is simple – hot dogs, with a few toppings available. Occasionally there are dessert offerings. Insider’s tip: Don’t ask for ketchup. They just won’t do it!

Clyde Coopers BBQ

Clyde Cooper’s has been a Downtown Raleigh favorite for over 75 years! Get a real NC BBQ tray with slaw and hushpuppies for under $10.

Benny Capitale’s

Benny Capitale’s, home of the Virginia Slice, opened recently in Downtown Raleigh. This spot was eagerly welcomed by hungry Raleigh citizens who were lamenting the lack of pizza by the slice options in the downtown area. You can get one of their signature giant cheese slices for just $4!

B. Good

B.Good is located in City Plaza and offers delicious, locally-sourced burgers for as low as $6.99. This is a great option if you are looking for a substantial lunch or dinner on the cheap.

El Rodeo

El Rodeo offers everything you could possibly want in a Mexican restaurant. Best of all, you can easily get a great meal for under $10. Check out the lunch combinations for the best deals. You can also order enchiladas, tacos, taquitos, and tamales a la carte.


Calavera offers a variety of empanadas at $4.25 each. You can easily order 2 and get a decent meal for just under $10 if you can resist the urge to order tequila while you are there!

Another cheap option to be on the lookout for in Downtown Raleigh is El Taco Cartel.  Look for the taco cart on a bike! Follow El Taco Cartel on Twitter to find out where it might be that day. Food trucks also make for a cheap lunch or dinner option. Check out Street Food Finder to see if there are any nearby.

So what are some of your favorite affordable and cheap eats in Downtown Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN

Amy originally hails from Long Island, NY but has lived in North Carolina for over 20 years and considers it home. You may know her as the force behind Raleigh Specials Tonight, a blog she ran from 2009-2015. Raleigh Specials Tonight lives on via Facebook, Twitter, and the Raleigh Nightlife blog. When she's not writing for various websites or running digital marketing campaigns, Amy can be found out and about Downtown Raleigh living it up, at Carolina Hurricanes hockey games, reading non-fiction books, listening to podcasts, traveling to new places or simply enjoying time with friends and family.