The Best Coffee Shops in Tucson.

No matter where you are on the road, a cup of java is an essential ingredient to a great day and a great trip. A morning coffee is a ritual many of us share, and for most of us, starting your day without it is unheard of.

To help keep you fueled and ready to roll during your next visit to Tucson, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best shops and cafes for that all-important cup of joe. Feeling like you need a little boost? Head over to one of Tucson’s finest.

Crave Coffee Bar.

Beans roasted in-house, specialty coffees, and delectable pastries await at the beautiful Crave Coffee Bar. Savor the fair trade, organic goodness in every cup, and fall in love with coffee craftsmanship at Crave Coffee Bar. 

Raging Sage Coffee Roasters.

A teeny tiny micro-roastery, Raging Sage offers a fine coffee experience for all customers in a cozy atmosphere – whether it be during a live performance or outside on the dog-friendly patio. Raging Sage has been a popular coffee and tea destination in Tucson since 1998 and it’s not hard to see why! 

Donut Wheel.

Just a 5 minute walk from our extended stay property on West Ina Road is the delicious Donut Wheel, home to coveted treats like apple fritters, old fashioned glazed doughnuts, and of course, coffee.

Bisbee Breakfast Club.

For coffee and a hearty (all-day) breakfast, head 5 minutes down the road from InTown Suites to the ever popular Bisbee Breakfast Club, where you’ll enjoy omelets, huevos rancheros, corned beef and hash, and much, much more.

Cartel Coffee Lab.

Sit back and relax with a house-roasted brew in a chic, bohemian atmosphere at the Cartel Coffee Lab. Cartel offers beans from all over the world, including Central and South America, Central and Eastern Africa, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.


For all the Starbucks lovers out there, a ‘best coffee shops’ list wouldn’t be complete without one mention of this popular coffee chain. Just a 2 minute drive from our extended stay Tucson location, get your coffee (and Starbucks!) fix here. 

Did we miss your favorite Tucson coffee shop? Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite coffee spot in Tucson is!

10 Cheap Eats in Houston

Referenced by USA Today as “the dining-out capital of the United States,” Houston is home to many excellent culinary options and tasty treats.

Given the city’s proximity to locales like Latin America and the Cajun areas of Louisiana, Houston is known for many types of cuisine, including the ever popular tex-mex, as well as Vietnamese-style restaurants and Louisiana Creole cuisine.

With a plethora of delicious dining options to choose from, you can rest assured that in Houston, you 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!

10. Cali Sandwich.

While there are many Vietnamese restaurant options in town, Cali Sandwich stands out among the pack. Here you’ll enjoy a selection of banh mi sandwiches, egg rolls, smoothies, bo luc lac, and much more – with most items being under $10.

9. Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe.

Under $10 for a platter or $5 for just the sandwich, Zabak’s Mediterranean Cafe has some of the best (and cheapest!) falafel in town. Other fan favorites include shawarma, baklava, and tabouli.

8. Pico’s.

Pico’s offers a suite of popular “Mex-Mex” dishes, ranging from the standard tacos and enchiladas to red snapper veracruz and pork-stuffed poblano peppers, with most items on the menu in the $10 – $15 range.

7. Torchy’s Tacos.

Once listed among the “Best Cheap Eats in the US” by Urbanspoon, Torchy’s Tacos is not to be missed! Choose from chicken, pork, fish, beef, and vegetarian tacos, select the level of spiciness, and add your veggies. Also enjoy breakfast tacos, and plenty of great sides!

6. Empire Cafe.

Hearty breakfast and rich desserts, all inside a renovated old gas station. Empire Cafe offers two outdoor dining patios, as well as a warm interior atmosphere perfect for enjoying your morning coffee and breakfast, or a relaxing glass of wine and dinner.

5. Chuy’s.

A small chain Mexican restaurant, Chuy’s has multiple locations throughout Houston. Stop by Chuy’s for a delicious Tex-Mex meal on the cheap, including fresh tacos, signature sauces, hand-pulled meat and more, all wrapped in their famous hand-rolled tortillas.

4. Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack.

Texas beer, bison burgers, and thick-cut bacon – all at very reasonable prices (most menu items are under $10). And don’t skip out just because of the line – it goes fast and Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack is always worth the wait.

3. CorkScrew Barbecue

Stop by CorkScrew Barbecue, a roadside trailer offering wood-smoked BBQ’ed goodness in the form of brisket, pork, and sausages, along with all the fixings, like potato salad, coleslaw, and much more. Pull on up to one of their picnic tables, and enjoy!

2. Kenny & Ziggy’s.

Kenny & Ziggy’s is a well known sandwich shop in Houston, serving up generous portions for a low cost. Enjoy huge pastrami sandwiches, among many other deli classics in an old-school setting.

1. Pizza Zone.

We couldn’t very well have a top 10 budget eats list without at least one pizza joint, could we? For a cheap and delicious slice, head to Houston’s Pizza Zone, offering all the classics, plus gluten free crust options, calzones, salads, and more.

After you’ve filled up on culinary goodness, enjoy a budget-friendly stay at one of our extended stay properties in Houston.

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