$20 Project

The family of metroblogs is highlighting ways to spend $20 in each city. Click the links to other cities and read all about it. Here, we are talking Canadian dollars which are trading pretty high. $20 CAD = $21.40 US. To get things kicked off on the Montreal metblog:

How to eat lunch out for a week on $20. Or, the secret locations of the $4 lunch.

First, I’d like to draw your attention to the Royal Bank building on St Jacques street in the old port. (near the corner of bleury) Go in and immediately descend the stairs to the left. There you will find a little take out resto with a great little deli salad combo available. Choose four salads such as nicoise, greek, pasta, potato, tabouli, avocado, three bean etc, and you’ll have a pound of healthy lunch for $3.75 tax included.

Next up, and I’ve written about this before, is the Pizza D’Oree, located in the Berri Uqam and Longueuil metro stations as well as in the tunnel connecting Eaton Centre with Place Ville Marie. There, you can get two slices of pizza with a beverage for $4.35 (prices having recently been increased) including tax. Bring your water bottle and skip the beverage and you’ll be full for three bucks and change. I’ve never had a bad slice of pizza at this place.

I know there’ll be groaning for this, but once a week I stop into MacDonalds for 2 double cheeseburgers. Again, I’m a water bottle toting guy (which I fill up each morning with Montreal’s famously fine tap water) and I get my fast food fix for $3.25. Such a deal.

Finally, and I know this might seem strange, but 5 Saisons and IGA both have some excellent sandwiches made daily on baguettes for under $4. I love the ham and brie or the basic turkey and swiss. At the cashier, ask for napkins. This is a great and easy meal to have when you’re on the go.

I’ve gone the making-my-own-lunch route, but I spend over twenty bucks on the deli meat, cheese, bread, tomato, and chips for the week and it’s so much work and you don’t get much variety. So I’m always on the hunt for a cheap (yet yummy) lunch. Got any secrets you want to pass along?

3 Comments so far

  1. Jason (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    I can also vouch for both IGA and 5 Saisons for their sandwiches. 5 Saisons also has a decent salad bar that goes by weight, so you do have to be careful, else you might end up tipping the scale (and breaking the bank).

    I’ve never tried Pizza D’oree, but I’ve heard good things by several people. It’s just slightly too far for me to go at lunchtime.

    Good suggestions Tornwordo, thanks.


  2. Blork (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    A couple of small corrections:

    The Royal Bank building on rue St. Jacques is not at the Old Port, it’s in Old Montreal. There is a difference; “Old Port” specifically refers to the waterfront and quays along rue de la Commune. “Old Montreal” is the old city, roughly bounded by St. Hubert and the Bonaventure autoroute (E/W) and the Ville-Marie autoroute and de la Commune (N/S).

    Also you’re totally right about the pizza place in the tunnel between the Eaton Centre and PVM being a huge bargain, but it’s not a Pizza D’oree — at least not anymore. The sign now says it’s McGill Pizza.

    Otherwise, thanks for the cheap eats tips!


  3. peaches (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    Try vietnamese sandwiches, I think these are like three for $10 in chinatown…..does Wendy’s still have 99 cent items? Love that bake potato with sour cream and chives….Le Clafouti is really delicious and reasonable priced…Caravel in 20/20 is cheap too, don’t mind the decor and quietness, the food is good!



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