Restaurant insiders name Vancouver’s best cheap eats for 2012

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Where’s a great place for a good, cheap meal? Ask somebody who works in the restaurant industry. That’s what Straight staffers did when they called over 100 restaurateurs, chefs, and floor managers for our Golden Plate Awards restaurant-industry survey and asked them to name the best place for cheap eats. Their answers were so varied that there was no clear winner in this category. Instead, we’re sharing their secrets below.

“The Panini bar at Bosa [Foods’ 1465 Kootenay Street location] is in my opinion Vancouver’s best-kept secret,” said Josh Wolfe, owner of the Fresh Local Wild food cart and corporate area chef for the Glowbal Group. “Those sandwiches are ridiculous. My favourite is the Soprano.…It’s capicola, provolone, and a little sun-dried tomato aioli on a ciabatta. There’s hardly anything in it, but it’s so good.”

Here’s a taste of what others consider the best cheap eats in town.

Casual cafés/diners

  • Meat & Bread
  • Argo Café
  • Bon’s Off Broadway
  • Big Lou’s Butcher Shop
  • The Templeton
  • The Mac Shack
  • Memphis Blues
  • Red Wagon Café
  • Save On Meats
  • Sunset Burgers
  • White Spot
  • Café Nuba
  • Food carts

    • Fresh Local Wild
    • Japadog
    • La Brasserie
    • Roaming Dragon
    • Chinese

      • Dai Tung Chinese Restaurant
      • Congee Noodle House
      • YoPo Café
      • Hon’s Wun-Tun House
      • On Lok Restaurant
      • Japanese

        • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
        • Kintaro Ramen
        • Q Go Ramen
        • Sushiyama
        • Tanpopo
        • Guu Izakaya
        • Gyoza King
        • Other Asian

          • BaoQi Vietnamese Eatery
          • Ba Le Sandwich Shop
          • Café D’Lite
          • Phnom Penh
          • Kim Penh Xe Lua
          • Thai Son
          • Thai Away Home
          • Hawker’s Delight

          Latin American

          • La Taqueria
          • Chronic Tacos
          • Salsa & Agave
          • Taco Shack
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