Believe it or not, in amongst the fine dining and award-winning bistros in our Kitsilano neighbourhood there are still a number of budget-friendly places to have a meal.

Here are our recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are easy on the palate and wallet.


Serving breakfast every day starting at 6am, local institution The Naam has a Naam Special Breakfast that’s sure to satisfy with two eggs any style, two whole-wheat pancakes, a choice of veggie meat, and homefries all for just $11.75. And their Basic Breakfast includes two eggs any style, toast, jam, and tea or coffee for only $7.95


It’s no secret that Al Basha, with its simple but filling Levant-inspired menu has some of the best hot lunch prices around. Their Falafel Wrap is just $6.50 and is stuffed with three fried chickpea patties, house-made hummus, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, all topped with creamy tahini sauce and served in a warm pita bread. The Lamb Donair version is $7.60, or make any wrap or donair a full meal for a few dollars more and you’ll get a salad, additional pita bread, and a side of extra hummus. Lucky for us we have two of Al Basha’s locations – one on West Broadway and one on Cornwall Avenue.

For a quick but gourmet and healthy sandwich, soup or stew, Tractor never disappoints, and all three of those lunch choices are under $10. The savoury soups are $6 and are usually vegetarian. The hearty stews are $8 and often feature happy chicken, pork, or beef. The $9.50 full-size sandwiches include choices such as grilled chicken, roasted turkey, or veggie.


Want a hot dinner for under $10? Thai Basil has loads of curry, noodle, and rice dishes, with meat or vegetarian options for well under $10. Each entree is served with rice, salad, and a spring roll.

Whole Foods‘ Burrito Bar gives you the option of choosing your own 1 pound burrito for $10. Choices include chicken, beef, pork, or sauteed vegetables, plus all the burrito toppings such as shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and more. Make it a burrito bowl if you don’t want the wheat tortilla wrap.

Last modified: January 11, 2018

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