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Aug 6, 2008 10:53 AM

Top 10 Cheap Eats Vancouver

Hi all,
I am in need of your expertise!
Amateur foodie in Vancouver for a month (been here two weeks already) and was SO excited about the food options when I got here. However, my aimless eating has gotten me only a couple "WOW" experiences and many "Ehh.." experiences. Can you list for me your top inexpensive-to-moderate places to eat? I am near the West End so bonus points for places I can easily walk to.

here are some places I've already been (in no order & with only my faves and worsts noted)

Go Fish (awesome)
Banana Leaf (awesome)
Vera's Burger
Stellas Tap and Tapas
Dae Bak Bon Ga
Cia Bella Restaurant
Vij's Rangoli
Capilano Sushi (North Van)
East is East
Vinyasa (I think?) Vietnamese
Simba's Grill
Kam's Place Singaporean (not good)
All India Sweet Restaurant (not good)

Bonus: Anyone know of any good Turkish food around here?

Thank you SO much in advance!! I love Vancouver and am excited for some more great eating experiences. I'm heading to that noodle place on Denman b/w Alberni and Robson that always has a line for lunch today....

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  1. >> Bonus: Anyone know of any good Turkish food around here?

    I have heard that Anatolia on Kingsway is good.

    My recs cheap eats:
    Hawker's Delight
    Legendary Noodle
    Tung Hing, Ba Le, or Au Petit Cafe for Banh Mi

    7084 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5E1E7, CA

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      1. re: spezidog

        Thanks for the info and link to the prior thread.. some really good info there.

      2. Phnom Penh, Vietnamese, in Chinatown. I will be going again.

        1. In your neighbourhood...
          Benkei for ramen (also Kintaro, Motomachi)
          Jang Mo Jib for Korean

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          1. re: twinkienic

            I'm going to be repeating some of the recs already given but here goes:

            Argo Cafe, near 2nd and Ontario, breakfast/lunch, amazing and cheap daily specials closed Sun Mon

            Splitz Grill 4242 Main, towering burgers, great onion rings, really reasonable

            Saravanaa Bhavan on Broadway near Oak (north side) -- stick to the uttapam, dosa and other south Indian dishes -- really reasonable 955 W. Broadway, 604-732-7700

            DONA CATA MEXICAN FOODS on Victoria Dr., 604-436-2232 tacos, tacos, tacos, great salsas

            Kayan 777 Broadway (upstairs) – order from the middle Eastern mezes/appetizers list for a great lunch or dinner for cheap

            Nuba 1206 Seymour St. near Davie, Vancouver, 778-371-3266; 322 West Hastings, Vancouver, 604-688-1655 Lebanes, deep-fried cauliflower with lemon, shish tawook, lentil soup,

            Peaceful on Broadway just west of Cambie (south side)

            Legendary on Main near 26th

            The Place 8028 Granville

            Long’s Noodle House Main near 32nd

            La Grotta del Formaggio, 1791 Commercial Dr
            Social at Le Magasin on Water Street in Gastown
            Mix the Bakery on 10th near UBC (great soups too)

            Okay that's 13...

            Peaceful Restaurant
            532 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z1E9, CA

            Mix The Bakery
            4430 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R, CA

            The Place Restaurant
            8028 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6P, CA

            Splitz Grill Main Street Ltd
            4242 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3P9, CA

            La Grotta Del Formaggio
            1791 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N4A4, CA

            Nuba Cafe
            322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

            The Nuba Cafe
            1206 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B3N9, CA

            Argo Cafe
            1836 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5T2W6, CA

            Long's Noodle House
            4853 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3R9, CA

            Saravanaa Bhavan
            955W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K3, CA

            Kayan Mediterranean Cuisine
            777 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z4J7, CA

            Social At Le Magasin
            332 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, CA

            1. re: grayelf

              Some of my fav economical HK style cafes are Curry King, Ken's, Gloucester and 54th Avenue. They all offer special mini combos that come with a drink from $4.95-8.95 during special hours. I think Ken's offer them all day long. They also great "dah lang" there too, if you order $15 worth of "appie/tapas", it comes with free congee.

              Curry King Cafe
              3250 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2W4, CA

              Curry King Cafe
              4250 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H4T7, CA

              Cafe Gloucester
              3338 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z2W5, CA

              Ken's Chinese Restaurant Ltd
              1097 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V3C9, CA

          2. The post says top 10 cheap eats and none of those fit that category, For breakfast I would have to go with Bon's on Victoria Drive it's all day 2.95 and you get a huge breakfast two eggs two toast hashbrowns and bacon or sausages. For inexpensive and delicious chinese I would go with Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main, its always packed with asians so you its good, also open till 1am for late night dinner dates. Greek food is one of my faves and Im gona have to go with Stephos on Davie