Vancouver Cheap Eats: Mount Pleasant

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Kam's Bakery

Sometimes cheap eat hunting can leave you with limited options. Depending on what area of Vancouver we’re in, our diet can become a little redundant. We admit there are times when a pizza streak, copious hot dogs, or a bender of bagelwiches can lead us to craving something a little different.

Though we’ve hunted around Main Street before, Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow weren’t sure what we’d find when we ventured into the heart of Mount Pleasant. Let’s just say we now know how they got their name. From pies to samosas, Xianburgers to bacon and eggs, Mount Pleasant is streaming with so many options it was hard to come up with just five. So grab your fork and five dollars, and come join us.

Yek O Yek

Yek O Yek

Samosas, pies, and so many pastries your head will spin, the price is right, the food is good, the service is friendly, the options are plentiful. Yek, covers all the bases.

Rhizome Café

Rhizome

The only time we’ve ever seen ‘pay as you feel’ is at a garage sale. Thankfully, the food at Rhizome isn’t second hand. The owners just want you to come and enjoy a warm bowl of lentil soup that you can pay by donation. Only hitch is that you better slurp fast, as they’ll be closing their doors in the next few weeks! We’ll be crossing our fingers that the new owners will continue this pay-as-you-feel menu item.

Mitra Canteen

Mitra Canteen

Incase Rhizome doesn’t stick around, you can still get your lentil soup fix at Mitra Canteen. Though not free, it’s still a pretty good price at $3.50. There’s also a tabouli salad with parsley, tomato and onion for $4.50, hummus and pita for $5, dolma (grape leaves stuffed with rice and veggies) for $1.25, and spinach and cheese stuffed pastries for under $4.

Sunny Spot Cafe

Sunny Spot Cafe

After the week we’ve just had, some sun would definitely hit the spot. Especially when it comes in the form of 2 eggs, 3 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of toast and hashbrowns for $4.50. There’s also the famous Xianburger for $4 and Terracotta noodles for $5. Eaten either? Tell us a) what those are, and b) what they tasted like.

Kam’s Bakery and Restaurant

Kam's Bakery

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Kam's Bakery

…to savoury, there’s so much happening at Kam’s Bakery and Restaurant that we don’t even know where to begin. Okay that’s a lie. We started with cake, followed by a few pies, and then rounded it off with a beef sandwich. Dessert first is always a great decision. Next time we’ll take advantage of the $4.25 all-day breakfast.

Do Mt. Pleasant’s cheap eats contend with Chinatown or Riley Park? Is there somewhere else to get Middle Eastern food for $5? Don’t be shy, tell us where, why, and how much!

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