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Top Budget Eats in Jacksonville

The largest city in Florida, Jacksonville’s culinary scene is on the rise. Much like Jacksonville itself, it could be said that the culinary culture in this city has been underrated and largely undiscovered for some time.

But as travelers look to vacation options other than Miami and Palm Beach, cities like Jacksonville are welcoming more visitors, more events, and of course, a sophisticated culinary culture. Discover a wealth of exciting places to eat and things to try that – luckily – don’t have to break the bank.

During your next visit, try out some of the city’s delicious and sought-after budget eats – you’ll be happy you did!

Si Senor Fresh Mex.

Arguably the best Mexican restaurant in all of Jacksonville, Si Senor Fresh Mex offers quality, diverse, and completely authentic Mexican food for your enjoyment. Sample signature tacos, their beloved pico de gallo, chimichangas, fajitas, and so much more.

Whiteway Delicatessen.

Jacksonville’s oldest deli, it’s no surprise that Whiteway Delicatessen has long been a local favorite. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, customers often leave Whiteway feeling like family. Enjoy classic (or even custom) sandwiches, tabouli salad, vegetarian options, and much more.

A Little Bit of Saigon.

Every city has its go-to Vietnamese joint, and in Jacksonville, that place is A Little Bit of Saigon. Best known for their pho, locals agree that this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is the best in the city for cheap, authentic Vietnamese cuisine.


Serving up fresh and quality Mediterranean cuisine, Karams is best known for menu staples like chicken shawarma, spinach and meat pies, hummus, fattoush, and other Mediterranean goodies.

Carmines Pie House.

As always, we firmly believe that a top eats list is never complete without at least one pizza restaurant. And in Jacksonville, you’ll love the traditional Italian-style offerings at a great price available at Carmines Pie House. Enjoy gorgonzola salads, New York-style thin crust pizza, fried calzones, and much more.

After you’ve filled up on all the culinary goodness the city has to offer, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our extended stay properties in Jacksonville.

For more ideas on what to do and where to eat in Jacksonville, check out the Area Guide tabs on the pages linked above.

Simple Thanksgiving Crafts to Decorate Your InTown Suite

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and whether you’re home for the holiday or you’re on the road, staying at one of our extended stay properties, a little celebration is certainly in order.

From sharing a meal, to giving thanks, and maybe even catching a bit of the game, there are certain holiday traditions that will make you feel right at home. Get in the holiday spirit with the help of these festive Thanksgiving decorations, sure to add a little cheer to where ever you are on November 26th.

Thanksgiving handprint turkeys.

A long time classic, this Thanksgiving day craft is perfect for decorating your kitchen, or for giving as a gift to family and friends. Get the kids together and get them excited by going to the store to pick up:


  • Basic paper to use as the background – printer paper or construction paper work well
  • Children’s paint, in festive turkey colors (try brown, yellow, red, orange, and green)
  • Crayons or markers for drawing small turkey details (beak, feet, and so on)
  • A bag of googly eyes
  • Glue


  • Apply paint to your child’s hand – brown paint on the palm, and different colors on the fingers (representing the turkey’s body and feathers).
  • Have them press their hand down firmly onto the paper (be sure to have a few extra sheets or newspaper underneath so no paint seeps through to the table).
  • Let dry.
  • Once the paint has dried completely, affix a googly eye to the thumb print.
  • From there, use a crayon or marker to add features to the turkey, including a beak and legs.

For sample images and ideas, check out these turkey handprint crafts on Pinterest.

Display your festive handprint turkeys in the kitchen as you enjoy your harvest meal, or send to friends and family to let them know how thankful you are for them.

Festive thankful trees.

This is a great craft to get the whole family to think about and share what they are thankful for. It’ll make a great conversation piece for any visitors you may have, or each leaf can be discussed as you have dinner together.


  • Construction paper (brown sheets for making the tree trunk, and fall colors for making the leaves – think orange, yellow, red, and green)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers


  • Have each family member trace their hand on several pieces of construction paper. Trace as many hands as you’d like to have leaves.
  • Cut the hands out.
  • On each hand (or, leaf) have everyone write down one thing they are thankful for.
  • Cut out and tape together a narrow strip of brown construction paper to form the tree trunk.
  • Tape it to a wall.
  • Now affix leaves at the top of the tree and maybe even a few scattered at the bottom of the trunk.

For sample images and ideas, view other thankful tree ideas on Pinterest.

If friends and family are joining you for dinner, have each of them fill out a leaf of their own and attach it to the tree. Discuss the things that everyone is thankful for over dinner.

Looking for simple Thanksgiving dinner ideas? Get some ideas here for turkey legs, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!