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!

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  • Arepera Du Plateau

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.arepera.ca/">Arepera Du Plateau</a> <b>Where</b>: Montreal, QC <b>Specialities</b>: Venezualean specialities, like arepas <b>Pricing</b>: From $6.50 to $9

  • Au Petit Cafe

    <b>What</b>: <a href="https://www.aupetitcafe.com/authentic/Welcome.html">Au Petit Cafe</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Vietnamese cuisine — as in, French-style sandwiches <b>Pricing</b>: Nothing on the menu is more than $8.75

  • Banh Mi Boys

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.banhmiboys.com/">Banh Mi Boys</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Banh mi, steamed bao and tacos — quick Vietnamese fare <b>Pricing</b>: From $3.49 to $7.49 per item.

  • Bao Chau Vietnamese

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/180129/restaurant/Hastings-Sunrise/Bao-Chau-Vietnamese-Vancouver">Bao Chau Vietnamese</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Noodle soups in the traditional Vietnamese style <b>Pricing</b>: Almost every single pho on the menu is $7, give or take a little

  • Baraka Pita Bakery

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1433545/restaurant/North-End/Baraka-Pita-Bakery-Winnipeg">Baraka Pita Bakery</a> <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Middle Eastern food <b>Pricing</b>: Platters for around $14

  • Basil Ultimate Pho

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/15/1482175/restaurant/Northeast/Basil-Ultimate-Pho-and-Fine-Vietnamese-Cuisine-Calgary">Basil Ultimate Pho</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Pork meatballs, pineapple bubble tea — and pho, of course <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree

  • Bella Gelateria

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.bellagelateria.com/index.htm">Bella Gelateria</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Homemade, handmade gelato <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $6

  • Bon's Off Broadway

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/180204/restaurant/Renfrew-Collingwood/Bons-Off-Broadway-Vancouver">Bon's Off Broadway</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Breakfast specials (pictured here) <b>Pricing</b>: Believe it or not, they have $2.95 meals — served all day long

  • Boogie's Burgers

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.boogiesburgers.com">Boogie's Burgers</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: How can we say it better than their slogan? "The official burger of deliciousness" <b>Pricing</b>: From $4.75 to $16 (and that's for Doug's "Don't Fear The Reaper" Burger with four patties, four slices of bacon, a wiener and a whole lot more)

  • Bridge Drive-In

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1419605/restaurant/Osborne-Corydon-Village/Bridge-Drive-In-BDI-Winnipeg">Bridge Drive-In</a> (BDI) <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Milkshakes galore <b>Pricing</b>: $1.99 cones and $3.85 milkshakes

  • Bubble Queen

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/1481552/restaurant/Vancouver/Richmond-Central/Bubble-Queen-Richmond">Bubble Queen</a> <b>Where</b>: Richmond, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Bubble tea <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per item, according to Urbanspoon

  • Burger De Ville

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.burgerdeville.com">Burger De Ville</a> <b>Where</b>: Montreal, QC <b>Specialities</b>: Gourmet burgers, often called the best in Montreal <b>Pricing</b>: Burgers from $4.50 to 47, and a rib-eye steak for $16.95

  • Burrito Boyz

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.burritoboyz.ca/#">Burrito Boyz</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON; Mississauga, ON (Entertainment district and Port Credit) <b>Specialities</b>: Delicious burritos <b>Pricing</b>: From $4.87 to $9.73

  • Burrito Del Rio Taqueria

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1451746/restaurant/Osborne-Corydon-Village/Burrito-Del-Rio-Taqueria-Winnipeg">Burrito Del Rio Taqueria</a> <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Mexican tacos, with an emphasis on seafood <b>Pricing</b>: From $6.50 to $9.50

  • Cartems Donuterie

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://cartems.com/">Cartems Donuterie</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Doughnuts (with a bigger hole than usual) <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $2.50 each.

  • CB Drive Inn

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/15/190264/restaurant/Northwest/C-B-Drive-Inn-Calgary">CB Drive Inn</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Burgers — including one with deep-fried mushrooms <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 for mains, according to Urbanspoon

  • Come And Get It

    <b>What</b>: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ComeAndGetIt416">Come And Get It</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Poutine, salad and sandwiches — in a finite number of forms <b>Pricing</b>: From $7 to $9

  • Desserts Plus

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1443208/restaurant/Toronto/Woodbridge/Desserts-Plus-Vaughan">Desserts Plus</a> <b>Where</b>: Vaughn, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Italian buffet and wood-oven pizza <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $10 for plates of pasta

  • Di Rienzo's

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/250/1429900/restaurant/Little-Italy/Dirienzos-Ottawa">Di Rienzo's</a> <b>Where</b>: Ottawa, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Sandwiches (like eggplant parmesan) and Italian groceries <b>Pricing</b>: Entrees from $10, according to Urbanspoon

  • Don Don Izakaya

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.dondonizakaya.com">Don Don Izakaya</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Tapas-style Japanese food, including fun takes on tradition like skewered meats and wasabi-flavoured seaweed chips <b>Pricing</b>: Items start at $3

  • Drift Truck

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://driftfoodtruck.ca">Drift Truck</a> <b>Where</b>: Edmonton, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Perfect-for-lunchtime sandwiches and soups <b>Pricing</b>: Maxes out at $7.50 for a sandwich

  • Edgar

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://chezedgar.ca">Edgar</a> <b>Where</b>: Gatineau, QC <b>Specialities</b>: Sandwiches and baked goodies <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • Fairmount Bagel

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.fairmountbagel.com/eng/">Fairmount Bagel</a> <b>Where</b>: Montreal, QC <b>Specialities</b>: Montreal bagels, of course! <b>Pricing</b>: Around $0.80 per bagel

  • Falafel Place

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1466491/restaurant/River-Heights/Falafel-Place-Winnipeg">Falafel Place</a> <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Fresh, hot falafel (even with eggs, as pictured here) <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $10 per entree

  • Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.myfavoriteicecream.com/#!untitled/mainPage">Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Custom ice cream cakes (and many flavours of ice cream) <b>Pricing</b>: Cakes from $28

  • Five Guys Burgers And Fries

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.fiveguys.com/locations.aspx?fAddress=calgary&radius=5&units=mi#">Five Guys Burgers And Fries</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB (Heritage Meadows location) <b>Specialities</b>: Burgers and fresh-cut fries <b>Pricing</b>: $5 to $10, <a href="http://www.yycsbesteats.com/five-guys-burger-and-fries-calgarys-newest-burger-joint/">according to YYCsbesteats.com</a>

  • Golden Bell Saigon

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/15/1436791/restaurant/Uptown-17th-Ave/Golden-Bell-Saigon-Vietnamese-Restaurant-Calgary">Golden Bell Saigon</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Vietnamese subs and Thai grill <b>Pricing</b>: <a href="http://findmenus.ca/golden_bell.php">A huge menu</a>, with dishes ranging from $6 to $14

  • Grand Electric

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.grandelectricbar.com/">Grand Electric</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Tacos and spectacular cocktails <b>Pricing</b>: Tacos are $3 each, or 3 for $10, while specials of the day are usually around $12

  • Guu Otokomae

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://guu-izakaya.com/gastown/">Guu Otokomae</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Japanese tapas, with a particular love for fried foods <b>Pricing</b>: Ranging from $3 to $11.20 per item

  • Hawker's Delight

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/180806/restaurant/Riley-Park-Little-Mountain/Hawkers-Delight-Vancouver">Hawker's Delight</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Malaysian and Indonesian food, like laksa and nasi goreng <b>Pricing</b>: Ranging from $4.75 to $6.75 per dish

  • Hernande'z Cocina

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.hernandezcocina.com/">Hernande'z Cocina</a> <b>Where</b>: Victoria, BC (Yates St. location) <b>Specialities</b>: Homemade Latin American food <b>Pricing</b>: Ranging from $3.50 to $8.95

  • Hintonburger

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://hintonburger.ca/newsite/splash.html">Hintonburger</a> <b>Where</b>: Ottawa, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Local special burgers (like the Armstrong) and hot dogs <b>Pricing</b>: Take the cue from this: $5 burgers and $3.75 hot dogs

  • Holy Grill

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://holygrill.ca">Holy Grill</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Breakfast and lunch, with a serious love for sweet potato fries — as pictured, a custom brunch burger accompanied by those yummy fries <b>Pricing</b>: Nothing on the menu is over $12 — and that's for the version of the eggs Benedict

  • Holysmoke BBQ

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.holysmokebbq.ca">Holysmoke BBQ</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB (southeast location) <b>Specialities</b>: "Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, house made sauces and more" <b>Pricing</b>: Get your small pulled pork sandwich for the very reasonable $5.49

  • Japadog

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.japadog.com">Japadog</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC (Burrard and Smithe St location) <b>Specialities</b>: Hot dogs with Japanese toppings, like the Yakisoba (Japanese noodles) <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $6 to $9 per dog

  • Jelly Modern Doughnuts

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://jellymoderndoughnuts.com">Jelly Modern Doughnuts</a> <b>Where</b>: Calgary, AB <b>Specialities</b>: Gourmet dougnuts <b>Pricing</b>: A single (seriously topped up) doughnut starts at $2.45

  • Jethro's Fine Grub

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com/#!">Jethro's Fine Grub</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Breakfasts (and all-day meals) with eggs <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • Johnny's Hamburgers

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/182227/restaurant/Scarborough/Johnnys-Hamburgers-Toronto">Johnny's Hamburgers</a> <b>Where</b>: Toronto, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Cheeseburgers and milkshakes <b>Pricing</b>: Less than $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • Kawaii Crepe

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://kawaiicrepe.ca/">Kawaii Crepe</a> <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Both sweet and savoury crepes of every form <b>Pricing</b>: Approximately $6 to $8 per crepe

  • Kettleman's Bagels

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.kettlemansbagels.biz/">Kettleman's Bagels</a> <b>Where</b>: Ottawa, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Montreal-style bagels <b>Pricing</b>: $8 for a dozen bagels

  • Kintaro Ramen 金太郞

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181002/restaurant/Robson-Street-West-End/Kintaro-Ramen-Vancouver">Kintaro Ramen 金太郞</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Delicious ramen <b>Pricing</b>: Soups between $7.95 and $10.95

  • La Banquise

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.labanquise.com/">La Banquise</a> <b>Where</b>: Montreal, QC <b>Specialities</b>: So much poutine <b>Pricing</b>: $6.25 to $9.75 for small poutines, and other prices stick around there

  • La Belle Patate

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://labellepatate.com/">La Belle Patate</a> <b>Where</b>: Canmore, AB, Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC (all three were voted in!) <b>Specialities</b>: Quebecois cuisine, including poutine and Montreal smoked meat <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • La Bottega

    <b>What</b>: La Bottega <b>Where</b>: Ottawa, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Deli sandwiches (and other lunchables and groceries) <b>Pricing</b>: A massive range

  • La Grotta Del Formaggio

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/181046/restaurant/Commercial-Drive-Grandview/La-Grotta-Del-Formaggio-Vancouver">La Grotta Del Formaggio</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Panini <b>Pricing</b>: From $4.50 to $11.50

  • Lao Thai Restaurant

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/332/1349464/restaurant/North-End/Lao-Thai-Restaurant-Winnipeg">Lao Thai Restaurant</a> <b>Where</b>: Winnipeg, MB <b>Specialities</b>: Southeast Asian cuisine <b>Pricing</b>: According to commenters on Urbanspoon, all dishes are under $10

  • La Paryse

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.laparyse.com/rd/06.php">La Paryse</a> <b>Where</b>: Montreal, QC — and sadly closing at the end of the month <b>Specialities</b>: Burgers and veggie burgers <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • La Taqueria

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://lataqueria.ca">La Taqueria Taco Shop</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC (Hastings location) <b>Specialities</b>: Authentic Mexican tacos <b>Pricing</b>: $2 to $2.50 per taco, $6 for quesadillas

  • Latin Fiesta

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/85/1590825/restaurant/British-Columbia/Latin-Fiesta-Kelowna">Latin Fiesta</a> <b>Where</b>: Kelowna, BC <b>Specialities</b>: Mexican fast food <b>Pricing</b>: Under $10 per entree, according to Urbanspoon

  • Mackay Pizza & Subs

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://www.mackaypizza.ca">Mackay Pizza & Subs</a> <b>Where</b>: Brampton, ON <b>Specialities</b>: Deep dish "Sicilian style" pizza, and interestingly, Jamaican patties <b>Pricing</b>: Deep dish pizzas start at $17.52.

  • Meat & Bread

    <b>What</b>: <a href="http://meatandbread.ca">Meat & Bread</a> <b>Where</b>: Vancouver, BC (Gastown location) <b>Specialities</b>: Sandwiches and soups <b>Pricing</b>: $4 soups, sandwiches going up to $9

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