Print Edition: January 28, 2015
As university students, we are always on the hunt for a good, cheap place to eat. Sure, McDonald’s and all those other fast food places may offer the cheap prices, but honestly, is the food ever that great? I think not. But here’s a solution to your problem — Marty’s Grill, located on Vedder Road in Chilliwack, is an excellent option for a cheap place to dine, and is not even a five-minute drive from the Chilliwack campus. (Here comes lunch, you guys! They do dine in or take out.)
Marty’s is a little gem most people wouldn’t even notice. The outside is a bit worn-down, but that’s okay: sometimes the best places are the ones you least expect. But once you walk through the door you see its full potential. With 11 tables, it’s a small, cozy place. It’s not a diner, but the décor gives it a vintage sort of vibe: old hockey jerseys on the wall, and some really cool “license plates” with different team names on them. It’s funky. The service is good, and the atmosphere is pleasant. It’s a great destination for a meal, or for a simple coffee date.
The food is amazing! I tried the Thai chicken bites and would recommend them to anybody who enjoys a crispy, sweet, and spicy dish. Marty’s offers all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a game night beer-and-wings package for $20. There are various menu options — schnitzels, waffles, soups, salads, greasy appetizers, and their all-you-can-eat fish and chips for $8.99, one cannot go wrong. Their whole menu is under $10 (except three platters and one specialty sandwich) so it’s definitely within a student’s budget, and the portions are generous. Highly recommendable, and a place worth visiting, Marty’s Grill is a true hidden gem.