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Cheap Food Canada: Canadians' Favourite Budget Restaurants

10/18/2012 10:52 EDT | Updated 10/18/2012 10:53 EDT
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There comes a time when even the most well-researched, the most agreed-upon, the most diverse restaurant list won't come in handy — and that time is pretty much every day.

Why, you ask? Because no matter how many restaurants are put upon that list, inevitably most will belong to the category of "special occasion" restaurant, the one that costs solidly into the triple digits for a meal for two. Which is why we were so excited to see Urbanspoon take on the most popular budget-friendly spots in Canada with their own list. The restaurant rating website surveyed the findings of the Canadian public in their "cheap eats" category (which means it falls into the lower range, without any specific monetary value attached) and published a pretty comprehensive overview of the country's offerings.

While so-called ethnic food — cuisine coming from Asian or Latin American countries — dominated the list, the all-American burger appears to be in fine form across our northern land as well. Add to that a healthy (though that's probably not the right word) dose of poutine and bagel shops, and the wide range of spots Canadians stop in on for lunch, snacks and more than a few dinners makes up an interesting culinary landscape.

But our favourite thing about this list? We can easily try out pretty much every place listed, and not have to worry about not making rent next month.

SEE: The 100 favourite cheap eat spots in Canada, according to Urbanspoon. Was your favourite missed out on? Let us know!

Favourite Cheap Eats In Canada

Brampton, ON

Mackay Pizza & Subs

Calgary, AB

Basil Ultimate Pho and Fine Vietnamese Cuisine

Boogie's Burgers

C B Drive Inn

Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Heritage Meadows)

Glamorgan Bakery

Golden Bell Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant

Holy Grill

Holy Smoke BBQ (Southeast)

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe

Peppino's

Peters' Drive-in

Pho Huong Viet

Raj Palace (Northwest)

Smashburger (Northeast)

Tubby Dog

Yann Haute Patisserie

Canmore, AB

La Belle Patate

Coquitlam, BC

Sushi California

Edmonton, AB

Drift Food Truck

Swiss Donair

The Burger Joint

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt (Whyte Avenue)

Gatineau, QC

Edgar

Kelowna, BC

Latin Fiesta

London, ON

Prince Albert's

Thuan Kieu (London)

Mississauga, ON

Burrito Boyz - Port Credit

Montréal, QC

Arepera du plateau

Burger de Ville

Fairmount Bagel

La Paryse

Resto la Banquise

Rotisserie Romados

St-Viateur Bagel & Café (Plateau Mont-Royal)

Thé Mon Café

Ottawa, ON

Dirienzo's

Hintonburger

Kettleman's Bagel Co. (The Glebe)

La Bottega

Stella Luna Gelato Café

SuzyQ

Regina, SK

Milky Way Ice Cream

Richmond, BC

Bubble Queen

Saskatoon, SK

Thien Vietnam Restaurant

Yip Hong's Dim Sum Restaurant

Toronto, ON

Banh Mi Boys

Burrito Boyz - Entertainment District

Come and Get It

Don Don Izakaya

Grand Electric

Johnny's Hamburgers

Messini Authentic Gyros

Porchetta & Co

Real McCoy Burgers & Pizza

Salad King

Square-Boy Drive-in

Tacos El Asador

The Burger's Priest (The Beaches)

Vancouver, BC

Au Petit Cafe

Bao Chau Vietnamese

Bella Gelateria Handcrafted Gelato

Bon's Off Broadway

Cartems Donuterie

Guu Otokomae

Hawker's Delight

Japadog (Burrard & Smithe)

Jethro's Fine Grub

Kintaro Ramen 金太郞

La Belle Patate

La Grotta Del Formaggio

La Taqueria

La Taqueria Taco Shop

Meat & Bread (Gastown)

Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Mom's Grilled Cheese Truck

Motomachi Shokudo 元町食堂

Red Pagoda

Save On Meats

Soirette Macarons & Tea

Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna

Sushi Nanaimo

The Famous Warehouse

Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

Viet Sub Vietnamese Cuisine

Vaughan, ON

Desserts Plus

Victoria, BC

Hernande'z (Yates St)

La Belle Patate

Pig BBQ Joint

Puerto Vallarta Amigos

Winnipeg, MB

Baraka Pita Bakery

Bridge Drive-In (BDI)

Burrito Del Rio Taqueria

Falafel Place

Kawaii Crepe

Lao Thai Restaurant

Original George's Burgers & Subs

Sargent Sundae

VJ's Drive-in