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Jul 19, 2006 07:25 PM

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

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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  1. 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)

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

      1. 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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        1. re: sorjue

          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. 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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          1. re: xtal

            What does Coconut Grove sell?

            1. re: Wil

              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.

              1. re: Olivia

                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!

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