You can’t put a price on happiness – but reasonably-priced, delicious food makes us pretty damn happy.
Calgary has a great selection of cheap eats. Here are 12 under $10 you’ve gotta try.
1. Fried Chicken Combo from Chicken On The Way
Chicken On The Way is a YYC institution. You know when you’re getting closer towards that giant metal chicken cheap, greasy, delicious food is almost within your grasp. Get the fried chicken with fries and COTW’s notorious deep fried corn fritters (and try them with honey) for only $9.20.
2. Breakfast and Flapper Pie from Blackfoot Truckstop Diner
Simple and delicious, if you head to the Blackfoot Truckstop Diner you’re guaranteed to leave full (mostly full of fries). We’d recommend getting the Cowboy’s Breakfast – think Alberta beef – along with a flapper pie to finish off your meal.
Address: 1840 9th Avenue SE
3. Dinner Box from Singapore Sam’s
If you’re into using chop sticks as drum sticks and ordering way to much late night Chinese food as Aqua blasts in the background, this is the place for you. Sam’s is a popular after bar spot because of the cheap eats and the table dancing. Get the dinner box that includes rice, meat, two spring rolls, and dumplings for $10.
Address: 55 11th Avenue SW
4. Vermicelli Bowl from Pho Huong Viet
The Vermicelli Bowl from Pho Huong Viet is delicious, filling, and only $9.95. You may want to get a Vietnamese Coffee to-go once you’re finished your meal because you will definitely be leaving in a food comma.
Address: 2 locations in Calgary
Burger Combo from Peters’ Drive-In
A burger, a milkshake, and a huge bucket of fries for under $10. You can have everything your heart desires at Peters’ and not break the bank.
Address: 219 16th Avenue NE
5. Hot Dog from Tubby Dog
Hot dogs from Tubby Dog are piled high with toppings that you’d never find anywhere else (PBJ hotdog, anyone?). Each dog is only $7.25, so you’ll have no guilt about opting for the onion rings too.
Address: 1022 17th Avenue SW
6. Classic Deli Sandwiches from Spolumbo’s
Most of the classic deli sandwiches from Spolumbo’s are $10 and under. With a selection of nine to choose from, you’ll likely be returning to Spolumbo’s more than once to get the most out of your money.
Address: 1308 9th Avenue SE
Facebook: Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli
7. Poutine from The Big Cheese Poutinerie
If you’re in the mood for poutine, be sure to head to The Big Cheese to satisfy your craving. This 17th Avenue poutinerie serves up boxes of poutine packed to the brim for only $9.99 for a large.
Address: 738 17th Avenue SW
8. Pulled Pork Sandwich from Holy Smoke BBQ
You can get a regular pulled pork sandwich for at this joint for $6.89 – meaning you’ll probably be willing to splurge for a side of chili con carne, baked beans, or fresh corn bread.
9. Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles from Waffles & Chix
Southern fried chicken and fresh Belgian waffles for only $9? We must be dreaming.
10. Breakfast at Kane’s Harley Diner
Aside from the steak and eggs combo, everything on the Kane’s breakfast menu is under $10. This makes the 50s-style diner a prime spot to head for cheap breakfast and group meals. We’d recommend getting the Biker Bowl, which is essential a large eggs benedict concoction.
Address: 1209 9th Avenue SE
Facebook: Kane’s Harley Diner
11. A Lar Carte Stir Fry from Tuk Tuk Thai
A stir fry from Tuk Tuk is made with fresh rice (your choice of coconut or jasmine), flavourful protein, and a ton of delicious sauces and spices. With nine varieties of $10 dishes from the a la carte menu, you’ll be sure to find something you like.
Address: 636 17th Avenue SW
12. Banh Mi from Watercress Express
This is one extremely popular sandwich in Calgary: a ton of fresh ingredients on a traditional Vietnamese baguette. It’s hard to believe all five options at Watercress are just $7.95.
Address: 1322 17th Ave SW
Facebook: Watercress Express