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Top 10 Budget Eats in Charleston

The Taco Spot in Charleston (c/o TheDigitel.com)

The Taco Spot in Charleston (c/o TheDigitel.com)

Charleston is well known for its delicious Southern cuisine. Primarily comprised of seafood (think catfish, shrimp, oyster, and crab), as well as hearty grains straight from the earth (rice and grits), Lowcountry cuisine is sought-after around the world for its fresh and flavourful ingredients.

If you find yourself in Charleston, be sure to take advantage of the many tasty treats the city has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top budget eats available in the city for you to enjoy.

Persimmon Cafe

A little unassuming (okay, maybe very unassuming), the Persimmon Cafe is located within a laundromat on Calhoun Street. But don’t let that fool you – stop in for great lunch options under $10, including a delicious curry chicken panini, zucchini with pistachio pistou, or, our favorite, the adult grilled cheese with prosciutto and apple!

Butcher & Bee

Serving up delicious sandwiches, salads, and other sides using time-honored preparation techniques, Butcher & Bee takes pride in the food they prepare. Boasting the finest local ingredients the region has to offer, you’ll get a great taste of Charleston at a great price.

Bessinger’s Barbeque

Bessinger’s Barbeque – a popular spot for BBQ goodies in Charleston – offers what many have come to associate Southern-style cooking with – heaping plates of pork along with delicious sides like mac ‘n cheese, cole slaw, and more. You’ll get a true taste of BBQ here!

Dave’s Carry-Out

An unassuming hole in the wall, Dave’s Carry Out is a local favourite for fresh, delicious seafood on the cheap. Serving up $5 fish burgers, $8 fried shrimp dinners, deviled crab, and more, Dave’s will leave your stomach (and your wallet!) full.

Page’s Okra Grill

Offering lots of local goodness for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Page’s Okra Grill is a top choice for cheap eats in Charleston. From buttermilk biscuits, to sought-after omelettes, Lowcountry crab cakes, BBQ pork, and Southern fried chicken livers, Page’s can’t be beat!

Dell’z Deli

Another excellent example of fine Southern cuisine, you’ll leave Dell’z Deli satisfied. Enjoy traditional rice and bean bowls, spicy shrimp dishes with sweet chili salsa, spicy chicken with bleu cheese, and much more.

The Taco Spot

Have a hankering for tacos? Check out the Taco Spot for a delicious menu that consists of items under $8. Choose your fillings and build the perfect taco from fish, chicken, steak, beef, pork, and more!

Sesame Burgers & Beer

With one location in North Charleston, as well as as many burger varieties as you can imagine (bean, beef, chicken, turkey), Sesame Burgers & Beer is a great place to grab a cheap bite. Be sure to check out the daily specials for an even better deal.

Bon Banh Mi

How about a little Vietnamese-style cuisine in the Lowcountry? Head to Bon Banh Mi in the Elliotborough/Cannonborough neighborhood and get your fix of crusty baguette topped with pickled vegetables, tofu, beef ribs and more!

D’Allesandro’s Pizza

A top 10 cheap eats list wouldn’t be complete without at least one pizza joint, so here it is! D’Allesandro’s Pizza is a local hot spot for cheap beer and pizza – the perfect combination for a Friday night.

After you’ve filled up on Lowcountry goodness, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our properties in Charleston. Choose from Charleston Northwest, Southwest, or two extended stay properties in North Charleston.

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

Top 5 Reasons to Book Extended Stay Accommodations

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When thinking about booking accommodations for your next vacation, work trip, or relocation, there tons of reasons to consider a room at an extended stay property, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five!

5. Long Term Specials

Extended stay rooms are great options for stays of a week or more, and if you know you’ll be staying for 30 days or more, at many locations you’ll have the option of taking advantage of savings by prepaying for the month. Many properties also offer Stow and Go promotions where if you need to leave town for a few days, you can keep your room and all of your belongings for a low nightly rate – along with being cost efficient, it saves the hassle of packing and unpacking!

4. Convenience

When you choose an extended stay property, your room will be yours for as long as you’d like. Since you pay by the week you are free to extend your stay as needed. When a payment is due, you can pay for it online – no need to visit the office or a front desk. When staying for a week or more, you’ll typically need to do a few loads of laundry. All InTown Suites properties feature onsite guest laundry facilities so you won’t have to pay the high prices that hotels charge, and you won’t have to drive around trying to find a Laundromat.

3. Locations

Extended Stay properties are found in most major metro areas across the country. As an added bonus, when you stay at an extended stay location, you’ll be close to major highways which means easy commuting to wherever you need to be. Near extended stay locations, you’ll find lots of restaurants, retail shops and more, so you’ll be able to easily pick up a few items to make your room feel more like home.

2. Value

When you stay at a hotel, you pay by the night, but when you book a room at an extended stay property, you pay by the week. Best of all, the weekly rates are comparable to just a night or two at an average hotel. Extended stay rooms are outfitted with kitchens meaning you can save even more money by preparing your own meals. Home cooking is also healthier than eating out all the time!

1. They Feel Like Home!

Hotel rooms can feel sparse as they typically just come with a bed, television and coffeemaker. Because extended stay guest rooms are intended for stays of a week or more, you’ll find more of the creature comforts that you’re used to at home. Typical amenities and features in an extended stay room include kitchens with full sized refrigerators, a dining area, sofas, and more.

Now that you know some of the best reasons to choose an extended stay room on your next trip, book a room with InTown Suites!