Ah. Food. We all love to eat it but hate to pay for it. Especially in a foodie city like Greenville, prices for even the simplest dish can be particularly high. However, there are a few hidden spots that offer quality food at reasonable prices. The first of these is Snack Works.

Snack Works Works For Me!

Snack Works provides a welcoming and fun environment.  {Caroline Tucker}

Located on 612 S. Main Street, Snack Works is a small and eclectic grab-and-go joint and bodega. According to a Greenville Online article and shout out in Off the Grid Greenville, owner Patrick Demarco opened the shop in after a career in hospitality management in the US Virgin Islands. He wanted to be close to his family and work for himself, so Snack Works seemed like the best fit. Since, Demarco has been offering downtown Greenville healthy and organic options, including wheat grass shots grown by Demarco himself. Snack Works is best known for their affordable yet delicious acai bowls, chicken lime flatbread sandwiches, Snack Works Paninis and Green Go Smoothies. The best part? The prices. Compared to the trendier spots down the road, these prices are much lower. See for yourself:

Look closely at these prices… $2 grilled cheese? Yes please! {Caroline Tucker}

Demarco and Snack Works have been fueling Greenville’s work force for over three years, giving back to the community by providing a place for friends and coworkers to convene during lunch breaks. College students and business men/women alike love Snack Works and appreciate its commitment to feeding Greenville in a healthy and affordable way. “I can always count on Snack Works to be a welcoming and delicious spot for me and my friends when we need to escape campus for a bit,” says Furman University sophomore Ellen Given.

Be sure to pay a visit: Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 10-6.

Soby’s Little Sister

Our next destination is Soby’s on the Side, the “little sister” to the better-known Soby’s restaurant on Main Street. Located on 22 E. Court Street, Soby’s on the Side offers “the caliber of food you expect from Soby’s at night served with the speed and efficiency you need during the day.” Essentially, Soby’s on the Side is the quick, day-time version of Soby’s. It’s perfect for afternoon snacks or quick lunches between meetings or classes.

Soby’s on the Side may be smaller in size, but it does not lack in quality. Soby’s on the Side offers great breakfast and lunch options at affordable prices with regular specials. The weekly specials include:

  • BBQ Monday
  • Hot Dog Tuesday
  • Grilled Cheese Wednesday
  • Baked Potato Thursday
  • $4 Friday (!!!)
Those specials are daily motivators, indeed. {Caroline Tucker}

Where else can you find a delicious grits bowl for only $2.50? Soby’s on the Side is budget friendly and a great spot for studying and dining with friends.

“The brunch is to die for!” exclaims Gabby Haddad, a sophomore at Furman and a Soby’s on the Side regular on Saturday mornings.

Soby’s on the Side is one of the several restaurants under the management of Table 301. According to Table 301’s official website, Table 301 has given over $1.2 million over the last 15 years to nonprofits and projects throughout Greenville, particularly towards causes that provide basic human needs (i.e. food, clothing and shelter). You can feel good about purchasing food from Soby’s on the Side because you are supporting a company that actively gives back. Now that’s smart spending. Be sure to support their cause Monday-Friday 7-3, Saturday 8-1.

Well, there you have it. Just two examples of dining spots that are affordable for a college budget but also worth supporting because of their hearts for Greenville. Be sure to give them a try soon!

THE CCCBottom Line: Great food does not have to break the bank. And great food can come from companies who care about the community. Chew on that. 😉

Love from GVL,


Sweet treats and cheap eats await you in Downtown Greenville. {Photos and collage by Caroline Tucker}



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