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Downtown Toronto Challenge! - Cheap Snacks ($3 and under preferred)

sorjue Jul 19, 2006 07:25 PM

So I find myself between lunch and dinner time every day at work hankering for a snack. I don't want to eat a big meal cause that would spoil dinner.

I find myself with the same choices all the time. Hot Dog/Sausage. Ice cream. Patty. Bring my own instant noodles.

I'm near Skydome so walking to Queen or King is easy. If I was closer to where I live I'd totally go for my favourite Mutton Rolls but I don't know anyone who sells those close by.

Any suggestions as to what cheap snacks I should try?

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    chefworm RE: sorjue Jul 19, 2006 07:48 PM

    if you don't mide a little bit more of a walk, you can go to alberts real jamaican foods and queen and bathurst and get a couple of doubles. they are $1.50 each and i think that they are the best doubles in the city. or if you want to do a short walk up to china town you can choose from a variety of siagon sub shops for $1.50-$2.00. furama bakery in china town has some good sweet snacks for cheap too (try the taro buns)

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      fickle RE: sorjue Jul 19, 2006 07:59 PM

      There's also a Furama bakery under First Canadian Place or Urban bakery in Metro Hall for those tasty chinese buns.

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        sorjue RE: sorjue Jul 19, 2006 08:07 PM

        Sorry for my ignorance, but what's a double?

        Oh I forgot to mention I'm kinda tired of Chinese buns and stuff too as I usually bring those to work for breakfast.

        But the doubles thing sounds interesting. Are there any other ethnic bakeries near Skydome that sell cheap goodies?

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          weekender RE: sorjue Jul 20, 2006 01:08 PM

          A double is a west indian snack, curry chickpeas (kind of saucy) put between two small light roti style rounds. the rounds are a little fluffier than a roti shell, hard to describe but believe me, once you try one you will never go back!

        2. xtal RE: sorjue Jul 19, 2006 09:28 PM

          Your challenge is a worthy one, unfortunately I don't know the area of your workplace very well.

          Outside that area, I would suggest Coconut Grove (Dundas & University), Kim Moon (Dundas & Spadina), Yung Sing (Baldwin), the aforementioned Banh Mi shops, Chinese Traditional Buns (Dundas & Spadina), Mother's Dumplings (Huron & Dundas).

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            Wil RE: xtal Jul 20, 2006 01:35 PM

            What does Coconut Grove sell?

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              Olivia RE: Wil Jul 20, 2006 02:42 PM

              Rotis ($3-6), doubles (I think they're $2), small and large dinners (small jerk chicken is only $2.50!), and this winter they expanded into East Indian too: tandoori, butter chicken, biryani.

              Coconut Grove is good home cooking, sometimes a little bland, but solid W.I. comfort.

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                Wil RE: Olivia Jul 20, 2006 05:36 PM

                Ok, this place sounded so good I went for lunch today! Yummy and cheap just want the doctor ordered!!!! For the original poster, the servings are probably just right for a snack, although the rotis are pretty big. Enjoy!

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            sonali RE: sorjue Jul 20, 2006 03:27 PM

            Am curious about your "favourite mutton rolls". Would love to know where you go for the best.

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              chowchow985 RE: sorjue Jul 20, 2006 06:08 PM

              Not sure how far you are willing to walk, but St. Lawrence Market has tons of good stuff to try. Some ideas off the top of my head - fresh fruit (some places have it pre-cut), a small piece of cheese and/or meat (i.e. proscuitto), something sweet from one of the bakeries, sushi, ice cream/frozen yogurt, or for something more substantial, you could go for the famous pemeal sandwich from Carousel.

              1. thenurse RE: sorjue Jul 20, 2006 06:31 PM

                Walk up Spadina to Fresh for a smoothie, baked goods and/or sweet potato fries.

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                  jkm RE: sorjue Jul 20, 2006 07:00 PM

                  go to Hal Burger for happy hour 3-6PM and get either a mini burger, fries or onions rings for $1

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                    NovoCuisine RE: jkm Jul 21, 2006 12:13 AM

                    Where's Hal Burger? :)

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                      Yongeman RE: NovoCuisine Jul 21, 2006 09:46 AM

                      Hal Burger is at Adelaide and Duncan, on the North-West corner.

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                      Negaduck RE: jkm Jul 21, 2006 01:17 PM

                      How big is a mini burger. I can't imagine their $1 burger when their regular ones cost $15.

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                      mummy2Luna RE: sorjue Jul 21, 2006 05:08 AM

                      Croissants (especially fresh from the oven) at Clafouti (915 Queen West, across from Bellwoods Park). Buttery and delicious at a buck and a quarter each. Try a gigantic savoury croissant, like the asparagus and cheese, for $2.95.

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                        icytea RE: sorjue Jul 21, 2006 03:37 PM

                        There is a really cheap pizza joing on the concourse level inside Union Station that sells pizza slices for $1 - yeap that's right, a loonie can get you a pizza slice. I have never tried it yet, but I've often seen long line-ups there.

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                          foodio RE: icytea Jul 24, 2006 05:34 PM

                          Yes the pizza place in union does have dollar slices, but u must spend at least $2 (slice and a pop or 2 slices). Cheap nonetheless.

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