Cheap eats: where the industry insiders go

Everyone has a favourite spot they like to hit up for good food that won’t break the bank. When the Georgia Straight asked chefs and owners around town where they like to go for cheap eats, we got a very long list of answers.

According to some, great diner-style meals that are wallet-friendly can be found at Deacon’s Corner. Another popular spot is Famous Nick’s.

Why so famous, you ask? It might be the epic proportion of their meat-filled shawarmas, perfect for those 2 a.m. cravings.

When it comes to cheap eats, one thing was certain—size does matter. That might explain why Budgie's Burritos found its way onto the list. As chef Andrea Potter of Radha Yoga & Eatery put it, “the burritos are the size of your face.”

Vegetarians and meat-lovers alike appreciate value. Main Street stalwart the Foundation was mentioned as a good place to get your fill of yummy vegetarian fare.

Other places for cheap eats range from noodle joints to taco shops. Check out a sampling from the list below, and you'll see that good value is not so hard to come by.

Bon's Off Broadway
Deacon's Corner

Les Faux Bourgeois
Salade de Fruits Café

Splitz Grill
Memphis Blues Barbeque House

Lebanese/Middle Eastern
Famous Nick's
Falafel King on Denman
East Is East

Gyoza King
Benkei Noodle Shop
Kintaro Ramen

Mexican/Latin American
La Taqueria
Doña Cata
La Cantina

The Foundation
Budgie's Burrito

Hon's Wun-Tun House
Legendary Noodle House
New Town Chinese Restaurant
Dinesty Chinese Restaurant

Other Asian
Gold Train Express II Noodle House
Thai Son Vietnamese
Hawker's Delight
The Noodle Box
Green Basil Thai Restaurant
Cafe D'Lite

Poor Italian Trattoria Ristorante
Go Fish