You may think that eating an entire day’s worth of food for less than $25 is impossible. Ha! We’re about to prove you wrong. With a $25 budget, Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow feasted on breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, and even dessert for less than what most people pay in a day’s worth of lattes.
Breakfast: Café Crepe
Upon waking, there are three essential things you must do: brush your teeth, break the fast, and have a giant coffee. After you’ve done the first, head to Café Crepe and finish off your morning duties.
Lunch: The Cambie
Between 11am and 6pm, The Cambie is serving a $5 menu with tons of pub grub to keep you going into the afternoon (that is if you don’t drink too much beer). There are plenty of options for both vegetarians and the rest of us, like pulled pork tacos, mac and cheese, Irish Nachos, or the veggie burger served with fries.
Snack: New Town Bakery
Don’t they say that snacking keeps your metabolism revved? In that case, stop at New Town Bakery for a coconut bun. For 89 cents you can scarf down this delicious pastry, or frankly any other freshly baked item. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed that your loonie will go a long way.
Dinner: Evelyn’s Café and Grill
If you’re looking for a romantic place to bring a hot date, Evelyn’s isn’t going to set the mood. However, what it lacks in ambience it makes up for in flavor, portion, and price. Though it’s called “small”, the fried rice with chicken, ham or vegetables for $4.75 is ample for one person, especially if you’re planning on having dessert.
Dessert: Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café
To complete your well-balanced day of cheap eats, dessert is always a must. These pumpkin macarons from Thierry are small enough that you don’t need to feel a shred of guilt, plus the quality is worth the tiny splurge. At $1.95 each, they’re definitely not the cheapest cookie out there, but they are the tastiest. Quality over quantity sometimes wins out.
So there you have it, a full day of cheap eatin’. Not only did we go to bed full, but also under budget! Are you up for the challenge? Sign-up to Chowmenow and find out where you can get five meals a day for $5 or less.
Photo Credits: Thierry Facebook page