Vancouver Cheap Eats: Top 5 Chow team staff picks

Dec 19 2017, 7:07 am

It’s a big job finding cheap eats, bigger than one man can handle. While you may be familiar with Aden, Chowmenow’s C Eat O, you may not know of the Chowster ambassadors, also referred to as the Cheap Eat Ninjas*. Together, they scour the city with a mission to change the world one cheap eat at a time. The rules? Simple.

  1. Menu item can’t be over $5
  2. Must taste good

Yep, that sums it up.

Up until this point they’ve remained anonymous, but Vancity Buzz has decided to introduce you to the Chow team and share their latest, greatest, and tastiest chow finds. We’re pretty hungry, so let’s skip the boring introduction and go straight to the goods.

*For the record, no one else calls them this….although they keep pushing for it.

Andrea’s Pick: Liquids+Solids

Liquid and Solids

Andrea’s definitely the healthiest of the bunch, which partly explains why she chows down on soup, stew, chili, or chowder from Liquids + Solids at noon (that and she’s always cold). Made with local, all natural-ingredients and no preservatives, it’s a great way to warm-up. From Beet Me Up Scotty, Squashed!, or Creole Jambalaya, there’s sure to be a soup that will please that palette and warm you up at their two locations. For $4.95 or less, it’s no wonder she carries a spoon in her purse at all times.


David’s Pick: Fukuroku Sushi Express


You’re better off counting your pennies nickels than trying to say the name of this place three times fast (this has been tested, just incase you were about to ask). A bento box is merely $3.99, which is an especially good thing for David since it takes a lot of sushi to keep this ninja Chowster full.


Aden’s Pick: Pho Tan’s Vietnamese

Pho Tan

For Aden, this was a no-brainer. The banh mi at Pho Tan’s covers the Chow criteria, or as he likes to call it, “the 5 F’s”: fast, filling, flavorful, frugal, and friendly service.


Shnane’s Pick: Splitz Grill


From Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 4pm, you will probably find Shnane eating a Splitz burger for $3.99. While she loves a good deal, she’s a stickler for variety. So if she’s in the mood for a lentil burger or looking for good ol’ beef, she can pick her preference at Splitz.


Kat’s Pick: Miura Waffle Bar

Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Just like dessert, we’ve saved the best for last (and no, incase you’re wondering Kat isn’t writing this). You see, she loves her sweets, especially when they cost less than a latte. So when she wants something hot, gooey, and oh-so-bad-it’s-good-for-you, she doesn’t head to Vegas, she just heads to Robson and orders the Banana Caramel Waffle Sando at Miura Waffle Bar. Slathered in whipped cream, cookie crumbs, and caramel sauce, wouldn’t you? And talk about crazy timing, it just so happens that Miura Waffle Bar will be featured today on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!


While the ninjas* are fulfilling their duties, it’s getting a little tricky balancing shawarmas with nunchucks, so they’d love an extra hand! Connect with the Chow team through Twitter and Facebook and tell them which cheap eat to try next—or which to avoid.

Interested in joining the five-buck lunch bunch? Give us a shout!


*We let this one slide.


Photo Credits: Wyn LokChow TimesMePlusFoodOpen Mouth Insert Cookie