YEG Cheap Eats

Finding really good cuisine for very little cash in some surprising locales

Green Onion Cakes, $2
Pub 1905
Every afternoon at 3 pm Pub 1905 puts an appie on sale. The best deal is on Thursdays with green onion cakes, regularly $4.50, on for $2.00. Other deals: Mondays bring John Ducey hotdogs for $3. Tuesdays is $3 for two, count ‘em two sausage sliders, on Fridays it’s 50 cent wings, and Saturday you can get a half- order of Nachos for $5. 10525 Jasper Ave

Meat Patty, $2.50
7-11, Downton and Oliver
When 7-11 introduced Jamaican meat patties to the masses it kicked off a whole new category of cheap eats. OK, so it’s not a gourmet pot pie from Meat Street Pies but then their food truck isn’t always parked on a nearby corner. There are three 7-11s in the core offering 310 spicy calories for less than a penny a piece.

Plant-Based Breakie Sandwich With Beyond Meat Sausage, $7
Pêche Café
Pêche Café straddles the border between the Downtown Edmonton and Boyle Street Community leagues and it’s already built up a reputation for being a reasonable- priced, convenient sandwich and coffee shop with great food. It’s open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends. You can get a fresh-baked brioche loaded with plant-based egg, kaju chedda, and beyond sausage for only $7. Toss in a single-origin locally-roasted 8 oz coffee for $2.50 and that’s an upscale downtown breakfast at Boyle Street prices. Pêche is brought to you by the team at Die Pie. 10255 97 Street

Pretzels, $3
Beer Revolution
$6 truffle fries; $12 nachos and two-for-one pizza after 9 p.m. The tasty pretzels are the cheapest item; the fries the most filling. 11736 104 Avenue. Mon-Sat. 3-6 p.m

Miso Soup, $1
Let’s Grill Sushi & Izakaya
Looking across Jasper Avenue at the Commodore from a table at Let’s Grill sampling half price snacks is one of Edmonton’s more satisfying experiences. Not that the Commodore doesn’t have its place, it’s just that more, say, sophisticated tastes can be found across the street–for less money–if you go between 2 and 5 p.m. A stomach-filling meal for two of half-price snacks and two bargain cups of miso soup, cost before tip but with tax $11.39. The piping hot and tasty chicken karaage with Japanese mustard sauce is just the ticket for a winter afternoon in Edmonton. And the Tako Yaki balls with octopus inside tastes of a hot summer day at a street fair in Japan.

Also available for half price, rice or miso soup for a dollar, seaweed salad, edamame or tako wasabi for $2.25, agedashi tofu for $3, five chicken wings or tako yaki for $3.75, and chicken karaage for $5. 10709 Jasper Avenue