Cobblestone streets, historic architecture, independent shops and a thriving restaurant scene, Gastown has quickly become revived as the new, trendy place to go if you’re looking to shop, drink, eat and people watch.
In this part of town, you’ll see a mix of young professionals crawling between pubs, fashionistas flocking to the local boutiques, and tourists posing in front of steaming clocks (which we still don’t quite understand the appeal of).
Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow scoped out the scene, and let us tell you there are plenty of cheap eats to be found. Here are some of our top picks…
What’s not to love about a place that gives you stuff for free? Especially when it comes in the form of chips and two kinds of salsa. Then there are $5 burritos and $3 margaritas on Monday, while Tuesday’s toting tacos (naturally). Choose from lengua, carnita, chorizo, chicken, and veggie for $2.50.
From OWN to Triple D, Save On Meats has had more media coverage than Amanda Bynes these days. Sure, it could be for their charitable contributions, efforts to help those in need, and energy spent rebuilding this area of the city. But what about these $1.75 breakfast sandwiches?! The spotlight is well-deserved!
Think you’ll see seared chili-rubbed skirt steak for $5 when pigs fly? Well the fat lady is singing. One of the newest members of Gastown and the sister to the Yaletown location, The Flying Pig has some sweet deals between 3pm and 5pm. Besides the steak, you’ll find shrimp and cod fritters, truffled mac & cheese, short rib croquettes, and house salmon cakes. If that didn’t sound drool-worthy enough, they’re all just 5 bucks! We’re ready to pig out.
As part of the trio to Chow’s mecca of cheap eats, The Hastings Warehouse doesn’t disappoint. From healthier eats like quinoa and salads, to belly-filling meals like beef dip and mac n’cheese, everything on the menu is $4.95.
At Guu, you’ll always find something guuud for less than five dollars. Behold the takoyaki, a deep-fried balled octopus dressed with tonkatsu sauce, wasabi mayo, mustard mayo, dried bonito flakes and seaweed. Or Satoimo, deep-fried taro potatoes with green tea salt for $3. Don’t forget the Nikuzyaga croquette, deep-fried panko-breaded mashed potatoes with stewed beef, carrots, and onions served with more of that tonkatsu sauce. Hmm, there seems to be some correlation between cheap eats being deep-fried (not that we’re complaining).
Become a cheap eat ninja and tell the rest of the Chowsters where you like to get the most bang for five bucks!