Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Manchester does not exactly need places to get a bite to eat – from upscale restaurants to cheap eateries.

But with so many different options, it can be difficult to choose a place that ticks all the boxes, where both price and quality are paramount.

Good food should not cost a fortune, and fortunately here at 2 Chill we have compiled a list of the best places for food if you are working on a tighter budget.

Vegan cottage

The plant-based takeaway bar may not have formally opened a local in Piccadilly Gardens earlier this year, but Vegan Shack has made a name for itself by offering wallet-friendly food that both vegans and meat eaters can enjoy.

Diners will find a packed menu of burgers, wraps, sides and shakes, all made with meat and dairy options.

Hero dishes include the breakfast Shack Muffin, made with a vegan sausage patty, fried tofu and vegan cheese, with other breakfast items including hash browns and fluffy pancakes with vegan bacon.



The plant-based takeaway bar did not open until 2021, but has already made a name for itself (Photo: Vegan Shack)
The plant-based takeaway bar did not open until 2021, but has already made a name for itself (Photo: Vegan Shack)

At lunchtime, people can choose between seitan döner meatballs, crispy vegan chicken burgers and the Big Shack burger made with two beef meatballs, smoked vegan cheese and in-house burger sauce.

The best news? Prices start at £ 4.50 for the Chick’n Strip Burger, with the most expensive item on the menu being the Big Mock burger, which costs just under £ 8.50.

Vegan Shack is located at One Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG. For more information, visit their website here, or follow their Instagram page here.

Northern soul


Northern Soul's motto is 'it's not easy to be cheesy' (Photo: Andy Lambert)
Northern Soul’s motto is ‘it’s not easy to be cheesy’ (Photo: Andy Lambert)

Easy, airy and cheesy, is the name of the game at one of the northern quarter’s most enduringly popular eateries, and their sandwiches ooze not only cheese but also affordable prices like a quick lunch bite.

Their signature sandwiches are mostly vegetarian friendly and filled with three types of cheese, with gherkins, mac n ‘cheese and more.

They even have a giant Man vs Food Challenge sandwich, featuring a ‘Pig on a Lead’, their nine-hour BBQ pulled pork mac and cheese, for £ 7.90.

As their motto reads: ‘It’s not easy to be cheesy …’

Northern Soul is located at Unit G20, 21, 44 Tib Street, M4 1LA.For more information, visit their website here , or follow their Instagram page here.

Bundobust


There is a quick lunch menu with two dishes for £ 8.50
There is a quick lunch menu with two dishes for £ 8.50

Bundobust has not gained a reputation for being one of the best and most affordable Indian restaurants for no reason.

There is an express two-course lunch menu for £ 8.50, including the classic Bundo Chaat, a street snack of samosa pastry and puffed rice, peas, onions, pomegranate and tomato in tamarind chutney.

The interior is simple but classic, with long sharing benches, perfect for a relaxed and laid-back dining experience.

One reviewer said: “Definitely the place to go to try the menu, lovely atmosphere. I loved the Indian street food on the menu and the vegan chai was unique. I will definitely be back!”

Bundobust is located at61 Piccadilly, M1 2AG.For more information, visit their website here , or follow their Instagram page here.

Salt pepper

One of Manchester’s most popular street food stalls helps make it both affordable and delicious to treat yourself to a quick bite to eat at lunchtime.

Salt & Pepper, named Best Beginner at Deliveroo’s Restaurant Awards, serves dishes centered around Asian fusion cuisine.

Shrimp, beef, salt and pepper tofu or chicken crates cost £ 7.50 served with a side of chips.

Another favorite is their tacos stuffed with your choice of meats, fresh salad, pickled slaw, roasted sesame and shallots.

Not only do they have their booth at Arndale Food Market, but they have also established housing in the kitchens at Black Dog in the Northern Quarter .

Salt & Pepper is located at 9 High Street, South Side Arndale Market, M4 3AH.For more information, visit their Instagram page here.

Bunny Jackson ‘s



Bunny Jackon's is a well-known fixture on Manchester's nightlife
Bunny Jackon’s is a well-known fixture on Manchester’s nightlife

Bunny Jackson’s – home of the 20p wings. Yes, you read that right. 20 whole pence.

The self-contained ‘dive’ bar and live music venue opened near Oxford Street in 2017 and has since made a name for itself with its unusual interior, extensive selection of beers and spirits and American food, which one reviewer described as ‘the best’ buffalo chicken wings in the United Kingdom ‘.

There are a variety of wings that cost between 20p and 50p, as well as a variety of sides, including spicy french fries, mozzarella dippers and deep-fried pickles.

Even their burgers are reasonably priced. For £ 8.50 you can get the Backyard Burger, which offers two beef steaks, American cheese and salad.

One reviewer said: “Definitely the best wings in Manchester. Really great deals and prices.

“Good selection of tasting experiences, fantastic all-you-can-eat offerings with unlimited cocktails and beers. If you want good wings, do not go anywhere else! ”

Bunny Jackson’s is located at 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, M15 4RA.For more information, visit their website here , or follow their Instagram page here.

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