Getting beyond my old stomping grounds of Main Street, I’ve started to explore my new neighborhood in North Burnaby. I heard about a place called X-Site Grill & Bistro a while ago, being told that they had really cheap lunch specials. Yes, you’re probably more inclined to go to a bar in the evenings to catch a hockey game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit during lunch too.
Easily the biggest appeal here is the assortment of $4.95 lunch specials. These are served Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm. The only catch is that you have to order a drink. In my case, I got a glass of Coke and that cost $2. In effect, my total lunch cost well under $10, including tax and tip.
The lunch specials themselves are not exciting or innovative. You get a range of chicken, a burger, some salad, and a few pasta choices. Given the price, I was expecting relatively small portions and sub-par quality. After all, what can you buy these days for less than five bucks?
On this particular visit, I opted for the cheese burger and Caesar salad. Granted, this is nowhere close to the $60 foie gras burger I had a few years ago, but it’s also less than 1/10th of the price. The burger itself was on the salty side, but it was reasonably juicy. The healthy-sized portion of Caesar salad wasn’t bad either.
Susanne opted for the chicken souvlaki. There’s no shortage of Greek food in Vancouver, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a proper sit-down restaurant where you get this much food for less than five dollars. In addition to the chicken, you get rice pilaf, Caesar salad, potato, tzatziki sauce, and a full pita bread. This could have easily been a dinner-sized portion for $10-$15 anywhere else.
Again, the flavors and quality are anything but breathtaking, but they’re not bad at all either. The chicken was well-seasoned, though you can tell the grill is a little on the dirtier side. Given the price, you can’t really complain.
No, X-Site isn’t going to win any awards. It’s not going to be featured on a travel guide to the city. However, if you are looking for a decent meal at a decent price, you can do much, much worse than this. They have daily $5.95 dinner specials too, including New York Steak on Monday. I’ll be back for sure.