Home to an impressive craft beer scene, a design quarter, and a world-class museum, not to mention delicious food and incredible wildlife, Winnipeg rivals many Canadian cities. If you’re planning a trip here, you call Winnipeg home, or you plan to visit one day, it always comes in handy to know where you can find cheap eats in the city.
Given how the pandemic has drastically impacted the food industry, supporting local restaurants has never been more important. So, the next time you find yourself visiting the ‘Peg, here are 10 great cheap food spots worth checking out.
These are 10 of the best cheap eats in Winnipeg
If you find yourself in the mood for some handmade tacos, BMC Market is said to serve some of the best in the city. With taco deals ranging from three for $5 for flavours like chorizo tinga rajas or beans to three for $7.99 for pastor barbacoa or carnitas, you’ll find quality Mexican food at unbeatable prices.
A staple when you visit the Forks Market, Fergie’s Fish and Chips is a must-try for tourists and residents alike. Here you’ll get your money’s worth for tender cod, halibut, or pickerel that’s fresh and piping hot, while the fries are perfectly crispy. Fergie’s also serves a fantastic seafood chowder that’s prepared fresh every morning.
VJ’s Drive Inn is a Winnipeg staple for a good reason. Rain, shine, or sub-arctic temperatures, the burger stand is open, with some dedicated foodies even lining up to get their hands on one of the legendary burgers and homemade fries during the coldest months. Here you’ll find fast service, hot eats, and great prices.
Located in the heart of St. Boniface, this burger stand is an institution and has been serving handmade burgers and top-notch chilli fries for over 50 years. Open spring through fall, we recommend grabbing a seat at one of Mrs. Mikes’s outdoor picnic tables to enjoy the complete experience.
When the mood for pizza strikes, we recommend heading to the nearest ZA Pizza Bistro or food truck location. Hungry patrons have the opportunity to build their own pizzas, and they can choose everything from the dough (including gluten-free), sauce, cheese, and toppings. With weekly specials and mouthwatering toppings, you’ll always go home satisfied.
Winnipeg’s Red Top Drive Inn has been feeding hungry diners delicious fast eats since 1960. Hailed as a ‘Peg food landmark’, Red Top is known for its friendly service, quality food, and great prices. The fresh menu options are vast, ranging from burgers and hotdogs, gyros and sandwiches, diner and breakfast, to everything in-between. The prices vary, with burgers starting from $5.60 all the way to $18.70 for the ‘monster burger,’ which features six meat patties.
Located in The Good Will Social Club, Khao House serves Asian-inspired comfort food that’s simple and delicious. Here you’ll find delicious options like steamed pork or eggplant buns ($4), pork and veggie spring rolls ($5), and soups, ramen, egg noodles, and much, much more.
If you find yourself craving shawarma, head to Barka Pita Bakery. With fresh and delectable staples like homemade hummus, falafel, pitas, and baklava, hungry visitors can always expect to enjoy traditional Lebanese flavours that offer something for every taste, whether you are a meat lover, a vegetarian, or a vegan.
While Leopold’s Tavern has locations across the country, the friendly neighbourhood bar is still a must-try in Winnipeg whenever you’re craving tasty, homemade comfort food. While the menu does boast some higher-priced items, the eatery has incredible $10 meal deals, highlighting four favourites plus a side for just ten bucks. This includes the crispy chicken burger, buffalo ranch chicken fingers, plant-based smash burger, and classic chicken fingers.
What’s better than old-fashioned deli food? Nothing, that’s what. This no-frills River Heights eatery is known for its Jewish specialties and homestyle take-out options. Hungry diners can treat themselves to menu items like bagels slathered with cream cheese and lox, all-day breakfast, chicken schnitzel sandwiches, warm corned beef sandwiches, and classic cold deli sandwiches. One of the best cheap eats in Winnipeg for sure!