Lift those couch cushions, you cheapskate: A handful of change still buys a tasty meal in this town. Here, a few restaurants serving a meal for a fiver or less.
Ukrainian Fine Food
Two cheddar pierogi and a hearty cabbage roll go for a tasty $4.75 at this busy industrial-area restaurant. Too rich? Try the garlic kielbasa sausage on a bun ($4.50). 540 Cleveland Cres. S.E., 403-287-8884.
At the Crossroads Market, Kaman’s serves delicious meat pies ($3.80 to $4.25 each), including tourtiere, shepherd’s pie, steak-and-onion and more. Friday, lunch only. Weekends, 9–5. Crossroads Market, 1235 26 Ave. S.E.
Holy Smoke Barbecue and Smokepit
This barbecue nook fills up quickly at lunchtime, so arrive early, to get your fill of meaty chili con carne ($4.99) or a homemade hot-link pork smokie on a bun ($4.99). 4–4640 Manhattan Rd. S.E.. 403-605-9365.
Quincy’s on Seventh
The lounge at this upscale landmark has a new diner-style menu, which include some recession-friendly bites. Try the Quincy’s burger ($5), with house-made patty, or the New York Nathan’s all-beef hotdog ($5). 609 Seventh Ave. S.W., 403-264-1000.
Look beyond this diner’s post-apocalyptic exterior and you’ll find charming service and its namesake taxidermied white tail inside. While the breakfast special (bacon, eggs, toast, hash browns) is now $5.20, both fried-egg and grilled cheese sandwiches – both served with fries – are still just a fiver. 3704 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-276-7221.
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