Budget Crunch: 8 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try now

Got $10 and a friend? Then intrepid Budget Crunch reporter Holly Fann has eight foodie finds you have to try from taco Wednesdays to funky free classes

1. Oyster lovers should not miss out on Sqwires$1 oyster special Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. A fistful of singles will buy a freshly shucked feast of rotating East Coast bivalves or peel-and-eat Gulf shrimp.

2. I’m a big fan of two-for-one deals like the one found Thursday nights at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Contemporary Art Museum. From 5 to 7 p.m., take in the current exhibits at both museums and enjoy two-for-one cocktail and small plate specials from the CAM Cafe. Mix and match $8 cocktails like a rum-based Cerveza Libre, $7 wine and $5 beers with small plates like tomato bruchetta or pickled vegetable crostini. While you sip and snack, explore contemporary works, all on an artist’s budget.

upstairs in 4 hands brewery tasting room // photo by michelle volansky

3. Five tacos all priced at $3 each at the new 4 Hands Brewing Co. tasting room plus a menu of Mexican-inspired small plates $10 or less (most much less) would be enough to make the Budget Crunch list. Add craft beer, free arcade games and skee-ball, and you’ve got a BC-approved night out for a small handful of cash.

4. Bark at the brewery Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. when you bring your pup down to the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten for Yappy Hour. With live music, $2 beer specials, $3 pretzel sticks and $5 orders of wings, you will be as fat and happy as your four-legged companion.

exterior of iron barley in dutchtown

5. The pride of Dutchtown, Iron Barley hosts its 12th annual Tomato Fest on Aug. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. Snack on BLTs and barbecue pizzas for $10 or less and enjoy a street party mashup of live music, food, drinks and all things tomato. The festival benefits Lift for Life Gym.

6. Taco Tuesdays are great, but Taco Wednesdays are extra delicious at Muddled Pig Gastropub when tacos al pastor will set you back a whopping 75 cents each. Wash them all down with Muddled Pig’s bourbon-inflected margarita for $5.

fresh blackberries

7. Summer fruit season lasts through August at Wind Ridge Farm. You can pick your own blackberries for a ridiculous $3 a pound and peaches for less than $2 a pound (not including the ones that make it straight into your belly). Picking dates are announced via its website, social media and on the Picking Hotline: 636.828.5900.

8. Few things are as trendy (and funky) as fermenting foods. The good folks at Gateway Greening host a free Fermenting Class Aug. 17 at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in The Grove as part of their Pints N’ Plants series. Learn how to safely ferment and enjoy a variety of dishes over a pint of our favorite fermented beverage.