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Downtown Vancouver-Cheap Meals

3 College students looking, if possible, for semi-healthy cheap meals in Downtown Vancouver. Also, any recommendations on places to find good drinks and/or drink specials?

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  1. There are 3 of them and they are called: Guu.
    Kitanoya Guu Original Izakaya on Thurlow, Kitanoya Guu With Garlic on Robson or Kitanoya Guu With Otokomae on Water St. These restaurants are fun, loud, cheap and the food is amazing. Inventive small plates, tons of specials, mostly cooked (as opposed to Sushi Bars). The idea is to get wasted on draught Sake while stuffing your face with tasty Japanese tapas. There's shouting, singing, and mayhem all around. Take a cab, have a blast!
    Da Cook

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    1. re: Da_Cook

      Thank you for that quick and informing response! I'm sure we'll have a blast :)

    2. For healthy and cheaper choices, you can try Capers on Robson. They are good for a quick breakfast or lunch, lots of options including organic. THey also have a relaly nice selection of breads if you want to take something for the road.

      1. Marcustm
        I agree that eating Caper's food is healthy and you will definitely live longer for doing so. Cheap it ain't. I know guys who changed their eating habits to brown rice and raw vegetables, little or no meat, everything totally organic and they will certainly live an extra 10 years because of it. However it's gonna feel like 50 years.
        I say live for the moment and do the Izakaya.

        "My candle burns at both ends;
        It will not last the night;
        But 'Ah, my foes!' & 'Oh my friends!' -
        It gives a lovely light!"
        - Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

        Da Cook

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        1. re: Da_Cook

          just giving the man some options for take out, not recommending an organic overhaul :) Maybe they could pick up a colon cleanser after bingeing at each of the Guu locations. I am sure St. VM wouldn't have been averse to one of those (kidding kidding) ANd it's not necessarily expensive, depends on what you buy.

          1. re: Da_Cook

            "they will certainly live an extra 10 years because of it. However it's gonna feel like 50 years."

            Da Cook - you gave me the laugh I needed today! Thank-you! I totally agree about Capers not being a small-budget place!

          2. I love Kitto House Japanese on Granville. Great place with good service and great food.

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            1. re: jbyoga

              I was just wondering if anyone knew the name of the pork cutlet dish at Kitto house? I don't live in Vancouver any more and I would like to see if our ONE Japanese restaurant can make the same item for me. It was lightly, crispy breaded, and was served with a brownish-red dipping sauce (not sweet and sour, i hate that stuff).

              1. re: edithann

                Sounds like Tonkatsu. I have to get my son to bring the sauce from Japan, I can't get it in Calgary but you may be able to in Vancouver. I've tried to make it but haven't got it quite right. It's way different than sweet and sour.

            2. Across from Capers on Robson is Robson Market:
              The fruit is cheaper there.
              Ha, also if you like oysters the fishmonger will shuck them for you right there in the food fair.

              1. One of my favorite susi cafes:
                Spicy Tuna Roll with Avocado $3.25

                Bay Sushi Cafe, Seymour and Georgia

                1. I don't know how far downtown you are looking to go, but Finch's on Homer and W. Pender has great European baguette sandwiches (try Gypsy salami with pesto mayo) and homemade soups, and Nuba, on Homer and W Hastings serves incredible and incredibly cheap Lebanses food. Try the Fried Cauliflower sandwich - you'll be addicted!

                  1. Templeton Diner on Helmeken has great prices and isn't s "greasy spoon" actual quality food. The Huevos rancheros (sp) for brekky rocks!

                    1. Wow I wish I checked this board before I went to Van- but it was a last min. trip, so..
                      As a Torontonian, I was quite at a loss for locating a "cheap meal" of any sorts- no hot dog vendors, no Taco Bell, no $4.99 food court plates. I ended up eating quite a lot of BK.

                      As far as drinks go, I kept noticing that several downtown bars would advertise their own 'house brew" for quite a deal- about $4 -and was always good!

                      The place I was really impressed with was brunch at The Elbow Room- good prices, great food, and extremely entertaining!

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                      1. re: EPIcureanTO

                        No hot dog vendors? Clearly you weren't in the right area! There are hot dog vendors all over Robson by the Hotel Vancouver and by English Bay. And those $4.99 food court plates existed, except you could have gotten the same deal at any sushi bar downtown in the form of a bento box - and there are dozens of them around town! Oh well, next time ;)

                        1. re: Florentine

                          ^^thanks Florentine..and I really, really do want there to be a next time- oh, the snowboarding!!:D

                      2. I second the recommendation for Bay Sushi. I love their dynamite roll and spicy tuna roll. I also like Shogun on Hornby Street for their noodle soup and gyoza. My favourite is the shrimp ramen which is a huge bowl of ramen noodles, broth, bean sprouts, shrimp and about four large tempura prawns on top, all for about $7. Their teriyaki bowls and shrimp curry looks great as well but I'm hooked on the shrimp ramen.

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                        1. re: Food focused

                          And right next to S'il Vous Plait is Falafel Maison, which is an exceptionally good shawarma joint.

                          As for drinks, Dix Brewery on the 800-block of Beatty is easily the best beer in town (their IPA is the standard-bearer for BC and one of the best in the PNW) and among the cheapest downtown, especially on Sundays when you get the 20oz at regular prices. The affiliated Yaletown Brewery (1111 Mainland) also does cheap beer on Sundays. Wouldn't eat at either, especially given the specs laid out in the original post.

                        2. Cafe S'il Vous Plait on Seymour and Robson, for good sandwiches and cheap comfort food. Their pies and cakes are amazing.