$5? $7? $9? What about $15? It’s a sticky subject.
There has been a lot of discussion over how much is reasonable to pay for a lunch in downtown Raleigh. The Oxford has lunch prices that range from $6-$14, depending on if you get wings or an entreé. The Mint has placed a sign outside of their front door recently that proudly displays $9 lunch. You can get in and out of El Rodeo, 101 Lounge, Sosta, and many more places in the area for around $6 by drinking water.
There are various tiers and, depending upon your budget, a certain tier may be suitable for you. You can eat at Roast Grill, Coopers and formerly the Sandwich Shop for under $5. A hot dog stand is your quickest and cheapest option, but why aren’t there any other quick and cheap options? Take larger cities like NYC, London and Chicago; kabob shops, fish and chips, pizza by the slice, and sandwich shops litter the corners. Dash Dogs in NYC... oh my. I’m sure the reason Raleigh doesn’t have any of these is because of rent and lack of space, but, looking at all the empty storefronts in downtown, maybe some will pop up in the near future now that downtown is actually spinning.
The cheap places are disappearing. Sandwiches at Teeter are even going up. Too bad downtown is becoming more about the expensive lunch than a lunch with character that’s easy on the watch and the pocket.