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Good deal in Charleston SC you may not have heard of

observor Nov 8, 2009 07:47 PM

The main dining facility at College of Charleston is available to everyone. It is all-you-can-eat, including beverages, is very varied (there are six stations, including a soup, salad, and sandwich bar, American grill, international grill, Southern grill, a pizza and pasta section, and dessert bar) and is quite reasonably priced, though the food isn't exactly overwhelming. It is $6.50 for breakfast, $8.50 for lunch, and $9.50 for dinner. Menus are on CofC web site.

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    observor RE: observor Nov 10, 2009 01:37 PM

    Have to repeat that the food really isn't very good, but it is certainly cheap for all-you-can-eat.

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      vel hopkins RE: observor Nov 10, 2009 09:31 PM

      MMM, a cheap hog trough serving mediocre food. Exactly what I look for in Chucktown. Yummo! Can't wait!

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        observor RE: vel hopkins Nov 11, 2009 08:07 AM

        Thank you for your unnecessary comment. For residents, it definitely would be useful, as it is inexpensive and very varied, and the food isn't terrible, I'm just saying it isn't really noteworthy...unless you would rather have 15-20 dollar lunches at Magnolia's every day. Meanwhile, $8.50 at the Liberty Street Fresh Food Company would get you unlimited deli sandwiches, chips, drinks, and cookies, and everything else they are serving, which would be the same price at any sandwich shop for a single serving.

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        observor RE: observor Nov 15, 2009 01:56 PM

        It's not terrible, it's just not outstanding.

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        observor RE: observor Nov 11, 2009 02:39 PM

        I had a big bowl of chicken gumbo, four hefty chicken fingers, a salisbury steak with some creamed corn and collard greens, a small quesadilla, a big bowl of pasta with meat sauce, a nice piece of pecan pie, and a cool Coke...for $9.50. And I didn't even try all there was.

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          Jesco RE: observor Nov 12, 2009 06:31 AM

          Is it better than a Golden Corral?

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            observor RE: Jesco Nov 12, 2009 08:41 PM

            I've never been there.

        2. lagniappe RE: observor Nov 14, 2009 06:47 PM

          As an alumni of the C of C, I can say that the only meal I would consider eating in the cafeteria is breakfast- as early as you can get there. For the first hour or so (if they still do it), they do custom omelettes made by nice ladies speaking mostly the local Gullah dialect, and have plenty of tasty sides like good yogurt and buttery cinnamon grits. A chance to meet real locals that don't deal with tourists all day. I transferred from Texas, and the cafeteria was at least 10x better. Of course, I was from Minnesota, so I had no idea what the ladies were saying for a while. Just smile and nod. The rest of the meals there are ok for student fuel, but not worth chasing down.

          Now, the chili at Jack's Cafe just a little down George Street... THAT is worth pursuing.

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            observor RE: lagniappe Nov 15, 2009 02:54 PM

            The current situation may be different since this facility was established in 2007.

          2. Buddha49 RE: observor Nov 15, 2009 12:36 PM

            This is an excellent topic, one I have hoped would be raised for some time now....

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