It happens more often than you'd think. You're at the library studying, or at home watching Netflix, or exploring downtown Edmonton, and you're hit with a sudden need to stuff your face right this instant, or you will die - this, is hanger at it's finest. Anyone who's experienced the emotion of 'hangry' knows that it's definitely one of the least pleasant things a person can experience.

Not only is your stomach grumbling, but your attitude is also rapidly increasing by the second. You're suddenly ridiculously grumpy, and if you don't get your hands on some food right away, anyone who gets in your way will have to face your wrath. Those Snickers commercials summed it up perfectly when they said, "You're not you when you're hungry."

Some people are lucky enough to have seemingly endless amounts of cash to drop on food, but the majority of us are not so lucky. If you're like me, and living the cheap, student lifestyle, you'll know that cheap eats are your best friend. As much as I'd love to be able to spend $30 on an authentic Italian pizza, you already know I'll sooner be dropping $10 on a Domino's pizza because they have the university discount hookups.

Next time you find yourself hangry in Edmonton, don't sweat it. We've found some of the best cheap eats that the city has to offer, so that you don't have to be hangry, and none of your friends abandon you because of your attitude problem. 




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District Coffee Co.

Where: 10011 109 St // Downtown

Type: Breakfast

What to get: Liège Waffle // $4

A Belgian waffle, with your choice of berry, salted caramel, or chocolate dip. Add a side of bacon, sausage, fruit salad, poached egg, toast, or yogourt for a small additional cost.

The Burger Joint

Where: 9132 23 Avenue // Heritage

Type: Burger Joint

What to get: Donair Burger // $9

Seasoned donair meat, white onions, lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, red cabbage, and garlic sauce. Build your own, or order straight off the menu. Add curly fries, regular fries, or salad as a side for a small additional cost.

It' Dog

Where: 8621 109 Street // Old Strathcona

Type: Quick Bites

What to get: Truffle Mac & Cheese Dog // $8

Macaroni, cheddar sauce, truffle oil, parmesan, and jalapeño , all piled on top of a hot dog. Add bacon, or a side of salad or fries to make a meal.

Garden Bakery & Restaurant

Where: 10019 106 Ave // Chinatown

Type: Asian

What to get: Vietnamese Spring Rolls (6) // $6

You can never go wrong with spring rolls. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, though, try out the Chicken Feet in Vinaigrette, or Hong Kong Style Deep Fried Intestine.

Cafe Haven

Where: 9 Sioux Road // Sherwood Park

Type: Breakfast and Bakery

What to get: Breakfast Wrap // $7.25

Oven roasted honey ham, eggs, cheddar, red onions and peppers, all on a whole wheat wrap. Grab a latte as well for the perfect breakfast meal.

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Rockin Robyn's Diner

Where: 16604 109 Ave // Mayfield & Industrial

Type: Diner

What to get: Garlic Burger // $12

A house made beef burger, on two pieces of garlic toast, topped with garlic mushrooms and mozza, onion, pickle, mayo, relish, mustard, and tomato. Add an extra patty for a small additional charge.

Swiss Donair

Where: 8308 144 Ave // Northeast

Type: Quick Bites

What to get: Cheese Donair Meal // $13

You can never go wrong with a donair. Spice it up and try donair poutine, or a donair burger.

Mini Mango

Where: 1056 91 Street // Ellerslie & Summerside

Type: Thai, Vietnamese

What to get: Two Colour Vermicelli Bowl // $12

Create your own meal. Choose from a variety of additions and options to create the perfect meal for a super great price.

The Local Omnivore

Where: 10933 120 Street // Downtown

Type: Sandwich

What to get: Brunch Pirate Poutine // $13.50

Shoestring fries, house pirate spice, two fried eggs, and citrus hollandaise. The ultimate brunch, or hangover cure.


Where: Various locations

Type: Sandwich

What to get: Southwestern Club // $10

Turkey, jalapeño jack cheese, bacon, avocado, red onion, and raspberry chipotle honey mustard. Add a side of soup or salad for an additional cost.

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HUMA Mexican Comfort

Where: 9880 63 Ave // Argyll & Industrial

Type: Mexican

What to get: Chorizo Tacos // $16

Although the Chorizo tacos are delicious, HUMA also offers delicious Carnitas, Suadero, Vegetarian, and Fish tacos.

Manilla Grill Express

Where: 13831 127 Street // Northwest

Type: Filipino

What to get: Sizzling Sisig // $15

Savoury minced pork, served on a sizzling plate. Simple, but delicious.

Island Cafe & Bistro

Where: 9923 170 Street // Terra Losa

Type: Asian Fusion, Chinese

What to get: Laksa Curry Noodles // $14

Rice noodles served in a spicy coconut soup, with fried tofu, shrimp, fish cake, fish balls, hard boiled egg, and bean sprouts.

Buco Pizzeria + Vino

Where: 105 Bellerose Drive // St. Albert

Type: Italian

What to get: Sunny Side Up Pizza // $18

Two free range eggs, pancetta bacon, smoked caciocavallo, potato, and fior di latte. Now you can eat pizza for breakfast, guilt free.

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