Moderate to Inexpensive Charleston
Staying very close to Folly Beach
Would like to find Moderate to Inexpensive Places to Dine in Charleston area ,prefer seafood) or southern---- not tourist traps
Check out Dukes BBQ on James Island for all you can eat BBQ and fried chicken. It's quite greasy but inexpensive. Page's Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant is super popular and has seafood and southern food on the menu. Early Bird out in West Ashley doesn't have much seafood, but it's thrifty and tasty.
On the peninsula, Dave's carry out is supposed to have really good fried seafood. It's on my to-eat list as I've heard raves about it. Check out the happy hour specials at places downtown too. There are some hidden gems. Cypress has Burger Night (at the bar) on Mondays and an interesting bar menu. There will probably be tourists there though, as with any place downtown. People love the Hominy Grill and Jestine's but they fall squarely into the tourist trap category.
I heard Bowen Island Restaurant is really good and inexpensive
Coastal Living Magazine mentions it as one of the best seafood dives in SC
The Mustard Seed in Mt. Pleasant has been consistent, casual, moderate prices. A fairly small menu with decent nightly specials. The small local chain also has a bakery, so desserts and bread are always good. I visit Charleston every other year for a bridge tournament in Mt. Pleasant and have tried many places for casual, light dinners and this is a place I usually stop twice during the visit.
Another casual & moderately priced restaurant I visit each time I am in town is Basil Thai, it is downtown. http://eatatbasil.com/
Rue de Jean is a downtown restaurant sort of off the beaten tourist path. French with sushi???..could spend a lot or much less. I have always enjoyed this place. http://39ruedejean.com/