Budget Bites Charleston

by Katie Skrzek

Jul 3, 2018

Charleston, S.C. © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com
Large cities like Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, are undeniably impressive, recognized worldwide as centers of commerce, culture and innovation. There are several smaller cities across the United States, though, offering their own unique charm and character. Here are our top seven.

Tips / Destination

Charleston  is home to a booming culinary scene, including many iconic fine-dining establishments. If you want to sample the city’s best food without going over your budget, check out our list of cheap eats.


Early Bird Diner 

Stop in Early Bird Diner for Southern classics. An order of biscuits and gravy starts at $5.50. Brunch, lunch and dinner service is available, but breakfast is the real draw. The spot is popular, so arrive early or expect to wait in line.


The Griffon Pub 

Located steps away from the waterfront, the dive bar is a popular spot for locals and tourists. Beer specials start at $2.50 and weekday lunch specials cost less than $10 for Southern favorites like fried chicken, smoked brisket sandwiches and oyster po’ boys.


Queen Street Grocery 

Opened in 1922, the corner store serves up unique sandwiches, paninis and crepes for $10 or less. Smoothies and other beverages are also available. Open daily.


Tattooed Moose 

While you can find cheap eats on the regular menu, Happy Hour at Tattooed Moose cannot be missed. Beers start at $2.50 and snacks are in the $1–4 range. The spot was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.


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Top Beaches in Portugal

Portugal boasts plenty of coastline and there is a stretch of sand to suit everyone.

Take Me to Tahiti

Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.

Stay in an Ice Hotel

Ice hotels are becoming increasingly popular as a unique adventure for dedicated travelers. If you've ever wondered what kind of gusto it takes to join the polar bear club by jumping into frigid waters in your speedo, imagine the thrill of spending the night on a bed of ice inside your own igloo wrapped in warm blankets and furs.

Oymyakon, Siberia – The Coldest Town on Earth

Oymyakon, Siberia, is literally the coldest inhabited town on Earth. The town of only 500 residents is nicknamed “The Pole of Cold” and has witnessed temperatures as low as -98 degrees. Here, where eyelashes freeze in mere moments, cars must be kept running continually to avoid a dead battery, and vegetables cannot grow naturally; locals have managed to eke out a quaint, and oddly endearing, existence.

Work and Play in Italy

ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.

Reviews / Restaurant
May 20, 2019

Atrium DUMBO

On a recent visit to Brooklyn, my husband and I met with friends for brunch at Atrium DUMBO (http://www.atriumdumbo.com). The chic restaurant is located right near the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn’s trendy DUMBO neighborhood.