That moment when you open your fridge and see the lonely sauce bottles. Maybe you're a student with a tight budget or a few days away from pay day. We've all been there, but lucky for you St. John’s has some of the best restaurants in Canada! From local salmon that flakes on your fork to mouth watering filet mignon. St. John’s has every cuisine you’re looking for! Don’t be fooled by the small town atmosphere — we take great pride in what we cook!
So we’ve done you a favour by listing 20 places around STJS where you can find a bite to eat for under $5! So what are you waiting for? Grab your meter money and taste the difference!
1. Classic Café // 73 Duckworth Street
Looking for a cute lunch spot for a light meal? Then you’re in luck! Classic Café have traditional fish cakes for just $2.99! A fisherman’s favourite!
2. The Rocket Bakery // 272 Water Street
When you want to satisfy your sweetness craving. Drop down to Rocket Bakery! Almond Croissants are just $2.50! They also carry various pastries, sandwiches, soups, hot drinks and even your favourite cold one!
3. Georgetown Bakery // 60 Hayward Ave
The best bakery in town by far! This hidden gem has the most delightful staff and the best bagels in town. Swing by for lunch for a pastry and bagel for under $5!
Photo cred — @jennalynnmoore
4. Ziggy Peelgoods // 42 Churchill Square
Your go to spot when leaving George Street at 3 A.M. A chip wagon with the best fries around! Grab a regular fries $4 and chow down on the cab ride home!
5. Old Town Pizza // 279 Portugal Cove Rd
A pizza joint famous for their yummy bread! (bread stuffed with cheese) They also have mouth-watering donairs for all those meat lovers out there! Spicy meat wrapped up pizza dough layered with tomatoes and red onion. Get your donair on for $4.50.
6. Peaceful Loft // 250 Duckworth St.
The name says it all! A small family business with a smoothing atmosphere and a healthy lunch. Be sure to order their spring rolls for under $4.80! Don’t forget to order their endless flow of green tea!
7. No Name Pizza // 30 Ropewalk Ln
So hungry you could eat an entire pizza? Well a slice from No Name is practically the whole thing! Usually their monster slices are over $5 but on Wednesday’s you can dig in for $2.50! Hump day just got more enjoyable.
8. Manna Bakery // 342 Freshwater Rd
Manna Bakery is best known for their fresh breads. But did you know they have soup of the day for $4.95? Try a small bowl of beef barley, roasted red pepper, turkey, ham and navy beans or chili to warm your paws on a cold winters day!
Photo cred — @chrisdawe
9. Fabulous Foods // 166 Merrymeeting Rd
Watch out grandma, Fabulous Foods do turkey pot pie that will knock your knit socks off! Talk about getting the best bang for your buck! Be sure to try their turkey flips for a measly $1.55 to fill your belly.
10. Quintana’s // 57 Rowan St
It’s a Mexican fiesta at 57 Rowan St! With every order you get complimentary chips and house made salsa. Quintana’s also have happy hour appies Wednesday to Friday from 4:30-7pm! Be sure to try Tex Mex Tons — pork and corn stuffed won tons served with southwestern sesame chili sauce all for $4.
11. The Bagel Café // 246 Duckworth St.
Recognized as one of the best breakfast places in the city! Their eggs benny is a memorable experience you’ll want to experience over and over. Although most of their items exceed the $5 range, they do serve a bananas and yogurt for $4.99!
12. International Flavours // 4 Quidi Vidi Rd
A little taste of India right in the heart of downtown St. John’s. This place is delicious every time and will not disappoint! If you love carbs as much as they love you then don’t miss out on their amazing naan bread, 2 pieces for $4!
13. Hungry Heart Café // 142 Military Rd
A local favourite for many reasons! Hungry Heart Café is one of the most socially responsible cafes in the city! They provide training opportunities to support those who have faced particular barriers to success. Drop by on Saturday and Sunday and try their smoothie of the day for $5!
Photo cred — @ehvegan
14. The Sprout // 364 Duckworth St.
Don’t worry vegetarians we haven’t forgotten about you! The best vegetarian restaurant in town hands down is The Sprout! A cozy spot with eye catching art throughout! Sit down and take in the visual scenery with an order of kalamata olives for $4.
15. Sun Sushi // 186 Duckworth St.
The first sushi spot in St. John’s! They have expanded over the years to three locations! For all those seafood lovers stop by and try Nigiri Sushi Shrimp for $4.95.
16. Muhammad Ali’s // 177 Duckworth St.
Middle Eastern cosine one falafel at a time. Hummus at it’s finest and don’t forget to try their kebbeh’s! $2.50 of spicy beef stuffed in a rice or cracked-wheat crust fried to perfection.
17. Sushi Island // 210 Water St.
A new sushi joint in town and this place is always bumpin’. Their All you can eat menu is phenomenal! If you’re not an all you can eat fan, then try their avocado maki roll, 6 pieces for $4.50. They also offer 10% off for students who show their ID! Tell me that doesn't tickle your fancy!?
18. RJ Pinoy Yum // 38 Ropewalk Lane
Filipino’s are known for their hospitality and tasty food! Of course this place has both with amazing prices! Do yourself a favour and try their steam buns as well as their delicious shumai, 3 pieces for $3.99. This pork filled dumpling will be your new favourite treat hands down.
Photo cred — @suitcaseandheels
19. Jumping Bean Coffee // 37 Elizabeth Ave
This popular coffee shop is exploding on the east coast! Their east coast roast coffee is a true pick me up in the morning and for only $4.75 you can eat a healthy veggie breakfast sandwich. It has pesto and cheese, what more do I have to say?
20. Breen’s Deli // 44 Elizabeth Ave
Nothing like a good old fashion sandwich! Breen’s Deli has what you’re looking for! Their half club is jam-packed with mouth watering turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese all under $4.29!