Going out to eat is all fun and games until you’re running low on cash. Then it just gets stressful.
You still want to go out and eat with friends, but you’d rather not skimp out on a meal and there’s no chance you’re going to McDonald’s sober.
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Whether it’s tacos, sushi, pizza, or burgers, this city’s got a cheap dish for every occasion. Here are 25 of Vancouver’s best cheap eats.
Viet Sub excels at their banh mi. The baguette has a crispy exterior but is fresh and fluffy to bite into. They’ve got a number of different salad rolls that sell for less than $4 and most of their subs will run you anywhere between $5 and $6.
Address: 520 Robson Street, Vancouver
A well-hidden secret inside Army and Navy, Jack’s Place is a lunch counter that serves up hot food at a bargain price. A prime example being, full-sized grilled cheese sandwiches for $1.75. You’ll also be able to get a number of other soups, sandwiches and cafeteria-style food for less than a few dollars each.
Address: Inside Army and Navy – 36 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
There’s never a bad time for breakfast food, and thankfully when the craving strikes, Lucy’s is open 24-hours a day. Amongst other classic diner style foods, you can get their All Day & Night Breakfast special for less than $10 – though you’ll definitely be tempted by the rest of the goodies on their menu.
Address: 2798 Main Street, Vancouver
If you’ve never been to the Patty Shop, or even if you’ve never had a Jamaican patty before, you’re in for a treat. Prepare for warm, flaky pastry that’s filled with your choice of beef (in varying spiciness, of course), chicken, veggies, or one of their weekly specials. A single patty only costs $2.15, so you may as well try them all!
Address: 4019 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
At Hungry Guys, you can get either a burrito or a bowl for $8.89. Considering that the price already includes your choice of protein (unlike a lot of other places), it’s already halfway there to being a steal. You can also build your own salad, and without the addition of protein, it’ll cost you only $6.50.
Address: 988 Granville Street, Vancouver
Wakwak burger sells not one, not two, but several of the burgers on their menu for $2.85. And we’re not talking about a sad burger that’s a bun and done, no, it’s got all the size, toppings, and flavour to be a serious contender.
Address: West Pender and Granville Street, Vancouver
The price at Yogi Korean Snack Bar is just right, with most of their items not costing more than $6. That includes their spicy rice takes (tteokbokki), Korean-style rolls (kim bab) and their $5 ramen.
Address: 1706 Robson Street, Vancouver
A sizable bao at Heritage goes for $5, not only making for an easy fillup, but quick eat-with-your-hands food to take on the go. You’ve got your choice of pork belly, duck, shiitake, and if in season, their housemade sausage.
Address: 1108 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Laksa King could potentially take a hot seat among Vancouver’s more unique eats. A delicious cousin to Pho, you have your choice of noodle served with prawn, fish ball, tofu, egg and chicken, but in a rich and spicy coconut curry broth. Perfect for a late night or a rainy Vancouver day.
Address: 2546 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Yamato Sushi hits a rare medium of enjoying quality sushi without having to dish out a pretty penny on your rolls. Their box specials also look to be a solid bargain, giving you a little bit of everything for just $9.
Address: 616 Davie Street, Vancouver
Another honourable mention for sushi, Ki Isu has two locations in West Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. In addition to having some fantastic designer eats, their maki rolls, nigiri, and combos are very well priced; several of their combos include three to four rolls for under $10.
Address: 1275 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Address: 1532 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
The original king of cheap food court eats, Costco is reliable, costs next to nothing, and somehow still overwhelms with massive portions. Their large hot dog plus a bottomless pop for $2 is an iconic pick.
Address: 605 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
If you’re willing to battle through the loud music and dim lighting, you’re in for a wide range of dishes that cost no more than $4.95. Not just that, but there’s always a solid weekday special going on – AYCE pasta and Wing Wednesdays, for starters.
Address: 156 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 989 Granville Street, Vancouver
Curry 2 U always features a different weekly special. Typically they’re between $6 to $8 and range from Kebab Mondays to Veggie Wednesdays. It is the perfect way to enjoy Indian fare without blowing your budget.
Address: #281 – 1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island
SMAK accomplishes the rare task of providing fresh, fast food that’s actually healthy, but does so without making it ridiculously overpriced. Their bowls are fully loaded and you can get them for $5.95, making the whole ‘healthy eating’ thing rather easy.
Address: 1139 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Address: 545 Granville Street, Vancouver
What’s even better than dining in at Tsui Hang Village is their takeout window. They offer extensive service hours (typically open until 3 am) and have takeout combos that are cheap and add up to a feast.
Address: 1193 Granville Street, Vancouver
Budgies brings both substance and quality at a more than fair price. Their entire selection of burritos runs at no more than $8 for 10″, but you can upgrade to a 12″ for just $1 more – we highly doubt you’ll regret it.
Address: 44 Kingsway, Vancouver
While the Naam has a number of items that range from the $5 to $15 mark, what helps this all-veggie restaurant shine is the hearty portion sizes. You’d be surprised at how much you can fill up with their plate of veggies; we highly recommend trying their fries with extra miso gravy.
Address: 2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
While there’s no shortage of great donair places in Vancouver, it’s tough to find some that drop well below the $10 mark. Luckily, Mr. Greek – Donair Town does just that. They’re typically open late until 4 am and their chicken donair only runs you $6.
Address: 1173 Granville Street, Vancouver
Kobob Burger gives your traditional burger an tasty and arguably more healthy makeover. They forego the typical bread bun with rice and stuff it with kimchi and bulgogi.
Address: 1019 Main Street, Vancouver
With prices of everything in Vancouver seemingly on the rise, there are fewer and fewer sushi joints that offer the once-famous “$5.95 sushi special.” Lucky for us, Sushi Dragon is one of the few gems left in Vancouver that’ll do 16 pieces and a miso soup for $6.
Address: 614 West Broadway, Vancouver
Sal Y Limon might just have the cheapest single-price tacos in Vancouver with the majority of their meat and vegetarian options floating at the $2.60 mark. To make things better, all other items on the menu ring it at under $10.
Address: 701 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
Address: 2428 160th, Surrey
Fresh made Malaysian cuisine comes at a very modest price. Most items on the menu ring in at $6 or $7. Their most popular dishes are the Hainanese Chicken Rice and the Laksa.
Address: 4127 Main Street, Vancouver
This North Van spot is best known for their awesome lunch buffet. $12 gets you a selection of AYCE Indian food with unlimited naan bread, listing it as a top contender in both cheap eats, and AYCE prices.
Address: 116 15th Street E, North Vancouver
A hidden Vancouver gem, Duffin’s is open 24 hours a day and has an enticing menu full of cheap eats. Their subs sell for less than $5, they have an all-day breakfast for $4.75, and of course, fresh doughnuts.
Address: 1391 E 41st Ave, Vancouver