Eating out is often considered a major budget killer… especially while on vacation!
But, there’s something fun about going out, being served food you didn’t have to cook yourself on plates you won’t have to clean up later. That said… we’re all looking for ways to save a little money and still enjoy a fabulous vacation.
A few Basic Ideas
Consider Takeout. Many restaurants offer carry-out and this is definitely something to take advantage of. You don’t have to tip a waitress and you can have your beverage of choice at a great location… like on the BEACH at sunset!
Make an appetizer your meal. Appetizers cost less than a regular meal and don’t include unnecessary extras that you don’t want. Order several to share like tapas!
Go out for breakfast or lunch. The cheapest meal is breakfast… followed by lunch. Prices go up for dinner and if you have a kitchen in your vacation unit, schedule a few nights in.
Early Bird Dining
If you go to eat just a little bit earlier, you can beat the crowds and still take advantage of less expensive dining options. Some restaurants offer “happy hour” or “Early Bird” specials (these are typically served between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.).
Look into online resources. Restaurant.com offers discounted dining certificates where you can search by zip code or location. For example, you can purchase a $25 dining certificate for $10 or a $10 dining certificate for $3. If you do take advantage of these offers, be sure that you read the fine print as there may be exclusions. Valpak.com is another option.
Turtles – Affordable waterfront dining with early bird Specials
City Pizza – Known for excellent pasta dishes
Broken Egg – Excellent for Breakfast & Lunch
Anna’s Restaurant & Deli – (only open till 4:00pm) great for picnics on the beach
Miguel’s – French dining for that special occasion with early bird specials from 5:00-6:00pm
Javier’s – Peruvian cuisine with small plate offerings. Early bird specials before 5:45 Go to their website for coupons
Believe it or not, one of the best places to eat for less is Whole Foods on First Street. You’ll find a farmer’s market, a specialty wine and cheese market, a grocer, an old-fashioned butcher, a fishmonger and… BEST of ALL… a Team of Chefs making the finest quality global cuisine… all under one roof.
So, head to the seafood market for a piece of corn bread and freshly made lobster or seafood chowder. Or, stroll to the opposite side of the store for more soups, salads and exceptional meals for eating in their dining room… or better yet… on the beach at sunset!