September brings cooler temperatures and the daily routine of packing lunches for school.

During the first Thursday back, I remembered to pack lunches for all three of my children — but forgot my own. At lunchtime that day, I found myself downtown with a crisp $10 bill and options all around me.

You would be surprised at the deals awaiting you and Sir John A MacDonald. Here’s a crowd-sourced list of the top meals under $10 in town.

Downtown

Known for their pupusas and selection of Latin American products, America Latina Variety and Deli (331-B King St. W., Kitchener) now serves street tacos. You can choose between chicken or beef tacos. Three will set you back $7.95.

In a falafel kind of mood? Pick up a falafel pita with a multitude of toppings at Big Fat Pita (85 King St. W., Kitchener) for $6.

This month’s special at Cafe Pyrus (16 Charles St. W., Kitchener) is The Breakfast Club at only $9. This club consists of twelve-month-aged organic cheddar, bacon flavoured tempeh and tofu egg served on organic sourdough from Grainharvest Breadhouse Inc..

Grand Trunk Saloon (30 Ontario St. S., Kitchener) serves up its $5 grab-and-go sandwich special during lunch — and they sell out!

If the end of the week has you craving a burger, head over to Gilt (305 King St. W. Unit102, Kitchener). Gilt offers a $10 burger every Friday, served with bacon, cheese curds, fried egg, lettuce and tomato with hot sauce — all on a pretzel bun with choice of side. Available from 11:30 a.m. until the burgers sell out.

Midtown

The Culinary Studio (740 Belmont Ave. W., Kitchener) has a different lunch special each day. Prices range from $6 to $10.

When I moved to Waterloo, the first thing my new co-workers did was take me to Vincenzo’s (150 Caroline St. S., Waterloo) for a sandwich. I challenge anyone to find a better sandwich for under $10 in town.

Uptown

Each Monday, Ethel’s Lounge (114 King St. N., Waterloo) has an eight-ounce Jr. Ethel burger for $3.99, with a drink purchase.

Taco Farm (8 Erb St. W., Waterloo) has its own Wednesday special — Lunch on the Run, offering two featured tacos for $5. Available from 11:30 a.m. until they sell out.

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The geek shall inherit the Earth.This week, I see and hear that. . .This Saturday, Sept. 17 is Doors Open Waterloo. It’s your chance to see inside the buildings that you walk or drive by and say, “I wonder what’s inside that building.”This year’s program includes Cambridge City Hall, Clearpath Robotics, Google Waterloo, The Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre, The Perimeter Institute, Shopify, and more. . .The Latte Art Throw Down returns to Matter of Taste (115 King St. W., Kitchener) on Monday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.. . .The iOSKW meetup returns this Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. with “Will it Scan?”. Join other iOS developers at Kik to learn more about the Kik scanner code.

About The Author

Alex Kinsella
Digital Community Manager

Alex Kinsella is Communitech's Digital Community Manager. Part of the tech scene in Waterloo Region since 2004, Alex has worked at GBG, BlackBerry, and Thalmic Labs.