Top 10 Budget Eats in Charleston

The Taco Spot in Charleston (c/o

The Taco Spot in Charleston (c/o

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.

7 Free Things to Do in Austin

Bat viewing at the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin.

Bat Viewing at the Congress Avenue Bridge. (Photo c/o lowcostholidays)

March is just around the corner and here in Austin the temperature will soon reach those balmy 70s that we’re all so fond of. There really isn’t a better time to explore some of the great things Austin has to offer.

The best part of all? Exploring Austin doesn’t need to cost a fortune. During your stay at InTown Suites, be sure to take advantage of some of the great attractions and free things to do in Austin – there’s plenty to choose from. 

Here are just a few: 

  1. Walk Through History!

    With the nice weather upon us, there’s no better time to get outside and take a stroll on one of Austin’s historic walking tours. Get to know downtown Austin by exploring on foot. Choose from several guided tours, including a tour of the 10-block Congress Avenue, 9-block Sixth Street National Register Districts where you’ll see modern skyscrapers and 19th century buildings, or other self-guided tours including the Texas State Cemetery. Hop on the #801 bus and be downtown in 40 minutes.

  2. Bat Viewing at the Congress Avenue Bridge.

    Yes, you read that correctly! While you’re downtown, be sure to take in this breathtaking sight and experience at the Congress Avenue Bridge – bat viewing! Watch the world’s largest urban bat colony (approximately one million or more bats) fly out from under the bridge at dusk. It’s a truly remarkable sight available only during certain months of year (typically mid-March to May).

  3. Take In a Live Performance.

    Take advantage of rising temperatures and get outside to enjoy free live music on the outdoor patio at the Central Market. Hop on the #801 bus and find yourself on the patio in just 30 minutes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink and some good tunes on the patio! Check out the Market’s event calendar for more details.

  4. Browse the Library.

    Set out on foot and wander down to the Little Walnut Creek Public Library, just 10 minutes from InTown Suites. Home to many programs and services, a computer learning center, as well as many books and other excellent reading materials, the library is a great place to escape!

  5. Relax in a Beautiful City Park.

    Check a few books out of the library and head up the road to the lovely Quail Creek Park. Just a 15 minute walk from InTown, Quail Creek is the perfect place to unwind in a little piece of heaven. Here you’ll find stunning hackberry trees, a playground, and picnic tables great for a snack and a read. You’ll also enjoy plenty of cooling shade – somewhat of a rarity in Austin!

  6. Learn Something New About Austin.

    Devoted to maintaining Austin history, the Austin History Centre is an excellent place to learn something new about this great city. Home to over a million items – ranging from maps, news clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and more – there is much to be discovered. From InTown, hop back on the #801 bus to downtown – the ride will take about 40 minutes.

  7. Indulge Your Artsy Side.

    Dubbed one of the world’s finest cultural archives, the Harry Ransom Center houses some noteworthy artifacts worthy of a visit – like a rare Gutenberg Bible, among 30 million literary manuscripts, the famous Watergate papers, the world’s very first photograph, and much more. Hop back on the #801 bus for a 30 minute ride to the Center.

A visit to Austin, Texas, doesn’t have to break the bank. Stay with us at InTown Suites and enjoy plenty of free or low-cost activities and things to do in Austin. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to be entertained.

For more ideas on what to do in Austin, including other amenities, restaurants and shops nearby, check out the Area Guide tab on our Austin Extended Stay page.

Enjoy your stay!