When you’re in a time crunch and need to refuel, waiting in a line-up during the lunch rush may not be an option. Instead of hitting the vending machine, why not try the grocery store for a fast, filling, and affordable bite? Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow found five stores downtown with freshly made items that cost less than $5. No cooking or assembly required.
The pizza pretzels at Nesters are almost equivalent to a personal size pizza. For $1.99 they’re definitely large enough for a substantial snack. Add a few pieces of fruit and you can call it a meal for under $5.
There’s no shortage of things to eat at T&T. From sushi to dim sum, the prices are around $3 and the food is always fresh. It’s a good spot to go before a Canucks game or grab a snack before you start the Skytrain commute home.
Located in the center of Downtown, the IGA on Robson and Richards serves grab-and-go sandwiches like ham, turkey, egg salad, or tuna for $4.49. You can also opt for the 2 for $5 salads if you’re looking for a lighter meal.
After you pass tempting sweets on the way up the escalator to HMart, take a sharp left and walk around the corner. There you’ll find a tiny food court typically packed with people chowing down on lunch or dinner. Grab a bowl of Ramyum for $3.33 or ready-made beef vermicelli with stir-fried noodles for $4.88.
Paying by weight can lead to a big bill, so walk straight passed the salad bar at Choices and head for the sandwiches and wraps. The breakfast sandwiches range from $3.49 to $3.99 and are filled with cheese and ham. When lunch rolls around, try the Lentil Roti wraps for $4.99.