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Top 10 Cheap Eats Vancouver

uberkelly Aug 6, 2008 10:53 AM

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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    mrkpuri Dec 21, 2012 06:34 PM

    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

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      twinkienic Aug 6, 2008 10:07 PM

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

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      1. re: twinkienic
        grayelf Aug 6, 2008 10:57 PM

        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
          gourmet wife Aug 7, 2008 10:24 AM

          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. BeeRich Aug 6, 2008 07:24 PM

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

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          spezidog Aug 6, 2008 11:21 AM

          Samauri Sushi on Davie St --

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          1. re: spezidog
            uberkelly Aug 6, 2008 01:31 PM

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

          2. fmed Aug 6, 2008 11:15 AM

            >> 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: fmed
              fmed Aug 6, 2008 11:33 AM

              We had a similar thread a few months ago

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