Where to find cheap lunch eats in Victoria

Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.

Dutch Bakery & Diner

718 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H2

The sweet aroma of fresh baked goods wafts through the air and mingles with the friendly sound of conversation at this homey bakery and coffee shop. It's the perfect place to relax midday and enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal at an affordable price. Almost all lunch menu items are under $8 – only a few reach the $9.50 mark – and each lunch entrée comes with your choice of a side garden salad, potato salad or cup of soup. They serve a large selection of lunch features, wraps, sandwiches, salads, burgers and sides. And they even serve breakfast all day.

QV Cafe & Bakery

1701 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z4

If you find yourself hungry in downtown Victoria at lunchtime, head to QV. You can enjoy a tasty lunch combo with a delicious, homemade baked item on the side, all for under $10. Sandwiches range in price from $5.75 to $6.95 each and soups are only $2.75 (small) or $3.50 (large). Try their daily soup, sandwich and dessert combo. They also serve a variety of deluxe burger and fries combos ($6.95 to $8.95), and many Canadian favourites such as grilled cheese (served with fries), onion rings, yam fries and chili.

Brickyard Pizza

784 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L4

Who doesn’t love a slice of great pizza? Now you can enjoy an authentic pizza pie during your lunch break – at a price you’ll love. Large slices, overflowing with fresh ingredients, cost only $3.50 each. Or, if you’re really hungry, order a 10-inch pizza for only $9.05. There’s a large selection of meat and vegetarian pizzas to choose from. This trendy, downtown pizzeria also serves up some of the hottest Happy Hour deals daily. Between 2:00 and 4:00pm, enjoy a slice of pizza for $2.50 or a slice and salad for only $6.50 plus tax.

Franks Honeybun Cafe

605 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1L1

This no-frills café serves big, hearty portions of Asian and Western food at great prices. And they don’t sacrifice quality: they use natural, fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a Chinese combo for only $4.89 to $8.79. Feel like some Asian comfort food? Try the many soup options, such as wonton soup, Japanese udon or egg noodle soup – prices range from $5.29 to $11.49. If you’d like a “Canadian classic,” try a sandwich served with crispy fries. Their clubhouse, B.L.T., turkey and grilled cheese are popular choices, all for under $9.

Italian Food Imports Ltd

1114 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 2H6

This eatery has a bustling, fast-moving lunch line-up daily. And it’s no wonder! They serve up affordable, hearty Italian Paninis made with high quality Italian cheese, meats and veggies. Enjoy a grilled Panini for only $5.80, or a Panini Di Casa available on your choice of bread (prices range from $5.67 to $7.19 plus tax). Try their amusingly-named Soprano, Rocky Balboa, The Godfather or famous Meatball Panino. You can also munch on a variety of salads, such as the Caprese Italiana or Classic Pasta Salad ($4 for a side salad; $8 for a full).

Puerto Vallarta Amigos

1 Dallas Rd, Dock C-12, Victoria, BC V8V 0B2

Located on a floating houseboat, this Mexican eatery is the place to go for an inexpensive lunch. Enjoy a selection of tacos, a large, hearty torta or quesadilla for only $6. Every taco, torta or quesadilla comes in three meat and two meat-free options. You can also order a combo for only $8. Combos include four tortillas, a salad and two items: chicken fajitas, beef barbacoa, chopped pork, potato and spinach, beans and cheese, or chorizo.

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