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Cheap eats: 5 iconic dishes for $7 or less

The famous cheeseburger, all the way, at Brooks Sandwich House on N. Brevard St. in NoDa: It comes with cheese, chili, mustard and onions.
The famous cheeseburger, all the way, at Brooks Sandwich House on N. Brevard St. in NoDa: It comes with cheese, chili, mustard and onions.

You don’t have to pay a lot to eat well in Charlotte. Don’t believe us? Try one of these five iconic dishes that will cost you $7 or less.

(1) A burger “All The Way” at Brooks’ Sandwich House. $3.50.

2710 N. Brevard St., Charlotte.

This NoDa burger shack has been pumping out delicious, hot-off-the-griddle burgers since 1973. Get one “All The Way” – mustard, onions and chili – and eat at one of the wooden tables out back.

(2) 1/4 chicken (dark) dinner from Price’s Chicken Coop. $6.85.

1614 Camden Road, Charlotte.

This cash-only establishment has arguably the best fried chicken in town. Get the 1/4 chicken dinner to go (because there’s no other option) and enjoy the crispy goodness with cole slaw, french fries, hushpuppies and a roll. You will not go hungry here.

Price's Chicken Coop Molly Mathis
Although there is no seating in Price's Chicken Coop, customers don’t seem to mind. Molly Mathis

(3) Whatever special hot dog Vic the Chili Man is whipping up. $3.50.

Vic The Chili Man David Saunders
Yelp users rate Vic the Chili Man’s creative hot dogs as the best in the country. David W. Saunders

4th and Tryon streets uptown.

This hot dog cart serves the best hot dog in America, according to Yelp. Yeah, you read that right. You can get a dog with his famous chili or be adventurous with one of his cleverly-named specialty dogs, like The Free to Brie You and Me or The Frito Pie Dog.

(4) Cinnamon sugar with cream cheese buttercream icing doughnut at Your Mom’s Donuts. $3.50 for one.

Your Moms Donuts Sallie Funderburk
These square, cinnamon-sugar treats are a hot commodity at Your Mom’s Donuts. Sallie Funderburk

11025 Monroe Road, Suite F., Matthews.

The flavors change weekly at Your Mom’s, but this standard doughnut is consistently one of the shop’s most popular. The square doughnuts are coated with glaze, dipped in cinnamon sugar and topped with cream cheese buttercream icing. Get there early, especially on the weekend, because these doughnuts sell out fast.

(5) Salted caramel brownie from Amelie’s French Bakery. $2.29.

Multiple locations.

This is one of Charlotte’s most iconic desserts for a reason. The mix of sweet and salty caramel with a luscious chocolate brownie made this a top seller at the bakery. Start with the brownie, but you really can’t go wrong with anything in the pastry case.

Salted Caramel Brownie Wendy Yang
Amelie’s is a Charlotte-owned and operated French bakery and cafe in the Historic NoDa Cultural Arts District. Deciding what to choose from the glass case of treats is tough. We'll make it simple: The salted caramel brownies. Wendy Yang

Corey Inscoe: 704-358-5923, @CoreyInscoe