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Consider this our cheap eats Hall of Fame.
You know the places: perennial lines, dedicated fans, head-scratching finances. Year in, year out, they’re the ones that deliver an oasis of value in a desert of high prices.
If you check your pride—and we’re not condoning this, mind you—three can dine on the $10 full stack of four hubcap-sized pancakes.3420 Dunbar St., Dunbar; 3455 Fraser St., Fraserhood
Yes, it’s no longer the $2.85 that gave birth to its original name (it’s a whopping $3), but this Japanese-influenced bun and patty combo is still a steal.Granville and Pender, Downtown
A lunch counter in the original Gastown pioneer that’s been selling grilled cheese sandwiches for $1.75 since Gerald Ford was president.36 W Cordova St., Gastown
An entire menu at $4.95 can either be a siren call (crispy chicken wafflewich) or a warning to heed (the blackened fish tacos), but this place is a West End temple of cheap eats. Parking will cost you more.1178 Davie St., West End
Random word generators couldn’t come up with a menu as eclectic as the one at this seriously South Main spot. A machaca torta ($4.24) with a slice of banana cake ($1.70) washed down with a single espresso ($1.75) and a dozen old-school doughnuts to go ($8—$1 cheaper and infinitely better than Tim Hortons).1391 E 41st Ave., Kensington
The Icarus of Vancouver cheap eats never quite fulfilled its promise as an honest place with honest food, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. And the $4.99 traditional breakfast (eggs, hash browns, toast) allows one to dip their toes into the Gastown brunch bonanza without breaking the bank.43 W Hastings St., Gastown