Although the winter holidays have come and gone, many of us are still feeling the effects of holiday spending on our wallets. Stricter budgets and careful spending might mean less fun during the first few months of a new year.
While you may not have the cash to go enjoy a fancy meal out, that doesn’t mean you can’t chow down on some cheap—but tasty—grub. Here’s a list of restaurants in Vancouver that offer inexpensive meals that will fill you up.
This business is technically not a restaurant. In fact, you’ll have to stand outside to eat if you don’t plan on taking your meal to go. Hamburger 2.85 is a food truck parked near the corner of Granville and Pender streets downtown. Unlike many of Vancouver’s other food trucks, however, the food at this one is cheap. These guys do one thing, and one thing only: cheeseburgers (or hamburgers, if you don’t like cheese), and a flavourful teriyaki-glazed patty with the works will set you back a whopping $2.85.
This cheap and cheerful restaurant chain has a few locations downtown, and they’ve been growing over the past few years thanks to a menu where every item rings in at $4.95. Don’t expect small tapas-style plates here. For less than a fiver, diners are served hefty burgers, beer-battered onion rings, tacos, and more. On Mondays, they even run a bottomless pasta promotion for the same price. The Warehouse tends to turn into a bar with rowdy nightlife after dark, so if you’re looking to have just a cheap meal out, consider going for lunch or an early dinner.
This East Van sushi joint always has a lineup out the door, and for good reason—the fish here is not only delicious, but it’s inexpensive too. Find all the Japanese restaurant classics here, from salmon and California rolls, to gyoza and tempura. While most dishes ring in under $5, Toshi doesn’t skimp on quality. In a city with as many sushi restaurants as there are coffee shops, this one’s a gem.
Bon’s Off Broadway
If you wake up hungover and you’re craving a greasy-spoon meal, get yourself to Bon’s Off Broadway for a breakfast that’s heavy on portions but light on your wallet. In the $2.95 all-day breakfast at Bon’s, diners will be served a plate piled high with two eggs, two pieces of toast, hash browns, and sausage or bacon. Sure, it might not be the most high-quality, organic, free-range, farm-friendly meal you’ve ever eaten, but a greasy spoon is a greasy spoon, and this one does the job.
This Chinese restaurant in Chinatown has been around for decades, and their prices haven’t really changed over time. If you’re looking for classic Cantonese fare at seriously low prices, this is the place to go. Pork won-tons in a noodle soup or a hefty helping of barbecued pork over rice won’t cost you more than $7 (and you’ll likely have leftovers to take home if you don’t have a huge appetite). Throw in a side-dish, such as Chinese broccoli or spring rolls for an extra $4. People don’t come here for the ambiance—or for the service for that matter—but it’s fast, consistent, and above all, inexpensive.