$10 (or Less) Affordable Meals in Kitchener/Waterloo

Cheap, affordable dining at restaurants in Kitchener/Waterloo

The benchmark for a cheap meal at restaurants in Southern Ontario is raising at an alarming rate. It can feel like one would be hard-pressed to find a satisfying meal for $10 when ordering off of a local restaurant’s menu. Rest assured, there are still some great cheap meals to be found at diners, fast-food joints, and restaurants in the Waterloo Region. Check out our picks for $10 (or less) meals in K/W.

To start, there are always some staples in K/W of diner-adjacent spots that generally offer sandwiches, wraps, burgers and breakfast all with options under $10. Here’s four great picks that each have all of these four options:

Checkerboard – Long standing staple in Belmont Village with an expansive menu. Hot & Cold sandwiches are all under $10 (except for their Triple Decker sandwiches)

Jimmy’s Lunch – Cozy spot on Victoria that is well known for their breakfast. Get Jimmy’s Original Breakfast for $8.50.

Slice’s Restaurant – Large variety of sandwiches for under $10 including cheesesteak, pork schnitzel, buffalo chicken

Bud’s Restaurant – A variety of sandwiches, burgers, and breakfasts available for under $10

Here are some curated picks, chosen specifically for this list, of mostly independent small restaurants in Kitchener/Waterloo that offer cheap meals all throughout the week that come in at the affordable cost of $10 or less.

Galito’s Way – Chicken Leg with 2 Sides for $8.95

King Fish & Chips – 2 pc pollock & chips for $8.99 (before 2pm) 

1001 Nights Shawarma – Chicken Shawarma Wrap for $8.99

Dhaba on Wheels – Food truck with many meals under $10, including $7.99 Samosa Chaat

Mi Tienda Latina – Chicken Arepas for $8.50

East Side Shawarma & Kebabs – Vegetarian Wrap for $7.08 

Chung Chun – Original beef rice hotdog for $5.49

Pho Dau Bo – Steamed Rice Flour Cake With Green Bean, or Steamed Rice Flour Sheets for $9.50 

Pho Time – Steamed Rice with Pork Chop for $9.99

Z-teca – $4.99 Chicken tacos 

Pupuseria Latinos – 2 Enchiladas for $6.99

Chuck’s Roadhouse – Chuck’s Burger for $9

Bao Sandwich Bar – Chicken Katsu Bao for $9.65

What you may notice is relatively absent from this list is pizza deals. Just about every pizza restaurant in Kitchener/Waterloo offers slices at a cost that would allow you to grab two slices (or a small pizza) for $10 or less. A great place to start for a journey through K/W pizza would be our list of The Top 25 Pizza Places in Kitchener/Waterloo.

In addition to cheap meals offered throughout the week, we also have curated lists of what restaurants offer daily deals in Kitchener/Waterloo. If you’d like to find the full lists of daily deals click on the headings below. There are a bunch of options on these lists that feature a meal for $10 or less. Here’s the options from throughout the week:

Mondays: 

Moxies – Dive into a pound of wings for just $4.90.

Dairy Queen (BoardWalk) – Grab a buddy and feast on 2 single cheeseburgers for $5 or 2 Double Cheeseburgers for $7.

East Side Mario’s – $10 pizza.

Chicago Pub Kitchener – Dive into 99 cent wings,

Penny’s Hot Chicken – 2 chicken tenders for $7.77

The Hemlock Barn – $1 Wings (minimum 10 wing order)

Mary Brown’s – $4.99 Chicken Sandwich

McCabe’s Irish Pub – Jumbo wings for $5.99

Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub – $6 burger (half pound of beef).

Kabob Shack – Get chicken biryani for $9.99, $2 off regular price! 

Farm Boy – $7 for a chicken burrito with fresh chips.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen – Enjoy 3 pieces of chicken tenders for just $5.99.

Mary Brown’s – $4.99 Chicken Sandwich on Mondays.

Tuesdays:

Symposium – Flatbreads $9.95

Thirsty’s Bar & Grill – $2 Tacos

Montana’s – $5 tacos with the purchase of any beverage (dine-in only)

Piper Arms Pub – 99 cent jumbo chicken wings (minimum order of 6), veggies & dip not included

Philthy Philly’s – $6 for original poutine (regular size) or cheesesteak (Phil size)

Grand Surf Lounge – Mussels for $10 a pound

The Duke of Wellington – Signature burger and fries for $6

The Big Slice – $4.99 poutine

Penny’s Hot Chicken – $8.88 “daisy” chicken sandwich

The Gator’s Tail – $9.99 lb wings

Farm Boy – Shrimp pad thai for $7

Dairy Queen – $5.99 crispy chicken wrap combo

Wednesdays:

The Manitou Takeout – Schnitzel on a kaiser with medium fries and a drink for $9

Ethel’s Lounge – $10 for barbequed wings tossed in your choice of sauce

Farm Boy – $7 Wing Wednesday, available in honey garlic, buffalo, maple BBQ or sweet chili

Howl at the Moon – Set of 10 wings for $9.90

Penny’s Hot Chicken – $8.88 Penny’s Classic chicken sandwich

Dairy Queen – $5.99 for two cheese deluxe single combo

Concordia Club – 1 lb of chicken wings or cauliflower wings for $10 (with beverage purchase, 4-10 pm)

The Falls Road Pub – 1 lb of chicken wings for $10

Thursdays: 

The Manitou Takeout – Crispy chicken sandwich with medium fries and a regular drink for $9

Strykerz Kitchen and Bar – $6.50 local pints, $6 Moosehead tall cans, $10 fish & chips

Burrito Boyz – Vegetarian special: $6.99 for a small sweet potato burrito

Farm Boy – Halifax donair for $6

Those Pizza Guys – All sandwiches are $10

Penny’s Hot Chicken – $8.88 loaded fries

Lancaster Smokehouse – $6 slices of BOH pizza in the dining room and cheap drinks for their happy hour (4-6 pm)

Fridays: 

The Manitou Takeout – Fish sandwich with fries and a drink for $9

Penny’s Hot Chicken – 2 chicken tender plate for $9.99

Saturdays: 

Burrito Boyz – $9.99 for 6 pieces of fried battered calamari (served with fries, dip and lime)

The Manitou Takeout – Peameal bacon sandwich with medium fries and drink for $9

Penny’s Hot Chicken – Any sandwich combo for $9.99

Sundays:

The Manitou Takeout – Pulled Pork on a Kaiser with medium fries and drink for $9