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Today we’re rounding up a list of where to nab some cheap eats in Calgary’s Marda Loop neighbourhood for around $10.
For something a little more upscale in the diner department, the Belmont Diner fits the bill, and has a couple of great menu options that are $10 or less (or just a bit more). For breakfast, try their B.O.B. (Breakfast on a Bun), which is egg, melted cheese, grilled tomatoes and choice of bacon, beef sausage or ham, served with hashbrowns, or their $10.25 Traditional Breakfast with eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. For lunch, plates run in the pricier $12 to $15 range, but come with endless hashbrowns…hello, awesome!
Address: 2008 33rd Avenue SW
Mmm, deli meats! Avenue Deli has a slender menu, but it has a few options for getting your deli fix without spending too much. Their original Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich comes in a Regular cut (6-ounce) serving for $12 and is served with coleslaw, potato chips and a pickle. Similarly, a small Reuben is $12.50, and a plain all-beef hot dog just $7 (it’s $8 to get it “Quebec all dressed”). Hit them up in the morning for their breakfast sandwiches, too, which are $7 to $10.50.
Address: 3-2008 33 Avenue SW
You can not only pick up packaged or frozen meals to go and groceries here, but you can also find fresh foods from a rotating menu of Mexican staples, from tacos to tamales (and a lot more in between). Lunch is served from noon to 2 pm and dinner from 3:30 to 7 pm. Follow them on Twitter for their specials, or just give them a call.
Address: 3514 19th Street SW
If you like your food with a side of game-playing, head to Pips for the board game cafe experience. While many of their mains don’t qualify as cheap eats, per se, you can head there in the morning for breakfasts in the $10 range, and during the day, you can enjoy an assortment of sides and what they call “bits and bites” for perfect grazing while you’re defeating your opponent at the game of your choice.
Address: 2015 33 Avenue SW
In addition to their great coffee, at Phil & Sebastian’s Marda Loop outpost you’ll find a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, and breakfast options that are in the $10 (or less) range. With suppliers like Sidewalk Citizen and Vital Greens, they are putting together some mighty tempting dishes here.
Address: 2043 33 Avenue SW