The Army & Navy Department Store is one of the best spots to get a great bargain for lunch. The food counter at Army & Navy is a popular lunch spot, serving hot dogs, chilidogs and grilled cheese sandwiches for under $3. Pop by grab a quick bite or a mid-afternoon snack.
When you’re extremely hungry, you can’t go wrong with a warm plate of burgers and fries! The Black Frog offers plenty of burgers and sandwiches served with complimentary fries for under $13. Try their Triple-decker Clubhouse on multigrain with roasted chicken, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and maple bacon.
This cozy café serves authentic Sicilian dishes, from pastas, homemade soups, and sandwiches. Brioche offers a selection of $8 paninis (black forest ham, house roast beef, and terragon chicken salad, to name a few) served with your choice of house-baked focaccia, sourdough or baguette. Order the Panini Sampler, to try all six of Brioche’s daily paninis, with your choice of daily soup/salad for $13.95.
27 Blood Alley Square
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Gringo is a great place to grab affordable Mexi-Cali style food (and maybe a beer or two) during lunch time. Inspired by the SoCal and Los Angeles food truck scene, Gringo offers a variety of tasty tacos priced at $2.75 each, 3 for $8, and 6 for $15. Try their popular Wilbur taco, made with mazatian pork, chillies, vinegar, and pickled onions. Lunch is served from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is one of the best restaurants to get a bang for your buck. There’s a wide variety of classic pastas entrees served with complimentary soup or salad for under $12; and great lunch specials for under $10, such as The Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich with fries, or the Flatbread Pizza with pesto bruschetta served with Caesar salad. Gluten-free pasta is available upon request. Lunch specials are served until 2:30 p.m.
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The deli-style restaurant and delicatessen is favourite spot to get an affordable meal made with fresh ingredients. Rainier Provision features a rotating menu, focusing on locally sourced meat and vegan options. Try their Hearty Beef Stew ($9) with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and side of bread; or if you prefer a vegan meal, order their Moroccan Chickpea Stew ($9) made with coconut milk, peppers, eggplant, and sweet potatoes. Everything on the menu is under $12!
Smart Mouth Cafe
117 – 131 Water
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Smart Mouth is a lovely café offering soups, pita wraps, and delicious sandwiches to go. There are a wide variety of sandwich choices for under $8, from Smoked Turkey to Croissant Sandwich with Ham. Try one of their most unique bites, the Apple and Brie Sandwich, made with green apples, brie cheese, spinach leaves, and pesto mayonnaise.
The Blarney Stone offers tasty finger food and appetite-filling choices for lunch. You can find a handful of burgers, sandwiches served with coleslaw, fries, or salad for under $11. Try one of our favourites, The Irish BLT, made with Irish back bacon, butter lettuce, tomatoes, and toasted sourdough.
If you feel like “pigging” out consider The Greedy Pig for lunch. The Greedy Pig offers a wide range of tasty artisan sandwiches for lunch, all made with freshly baked breads and local ingredients. They offer great choices for under $12, including the Truffled Roast Beef sandwich, made with shaved roast beef, white truffle oil, caramelized onions and mushrooms. All sandwiches include complimentary coleslaw.
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Tuc Craft Kitchen offers comforting options from their West Coast-inspired menu including lunch mains for under $11, like chicken pot pie, mini shepard’s pie with soup, and linguini with meatballs. Order your lunch to go, or sit and enjoy your homestyle meal inside their rustic and laidback restaurant.
For more affordable lunch options, check out Best Affordable Lunches To Go (Part 1).