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Your 'regular' middle of the week spot...

I've got a couple Regulars. Not to say they are regular in quality, but that they are the kind of place I go for a 'middle of the week', affordably priced, tasty meal, with fun service and no pretention.

I'd love to know other people's choices.

I'm in and around Trinity Bellwoods, so this has an impact on my own choices but here they are:

Musa: Dundas and Euclid. Casual, fun, cheap. Steak salad, mousakka, chicken special, cheap Cotes du Rhone.

Regina Trattoria: College and Shaw. Northern italian like Nona makes it. Big delicious pasta portions cooked properly, great pizza. Funny old-school appetizers like Prosciutto and Melon.

Terroni: Queen W and Manning. Similar to Regina, but a bit more expensive, certainly more stylish and 'in'. Sometimes the cream or butter based sauces on certainpasta dishes are laddled on a bit heavy.. but overall, great atmosphere and nosh.

La Palette: Kensington Market (Augusta st.) More expensive. Great staff (if you are outgoing and friendly to them). Great wine list, really well grilled meats.

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  1. House on Parliament-pulled pork hands down. I'll go there any night of the week

    1. Mine won't make me popular with the Hounds, but I gotta say for a mid-week break I enjoy dining at the bar at Hernando's Hideaway on Yonge at Wellesley. I go for the whatever's on special with a margarita (or 2), hockey, and a good (bad?) joke from Dollard. (Okay you can skip the bad TexMex retorts. I know, I know already... What can I say?)

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      1. re: Googs

        haha its okay, I have only eaten there once (at the other location), but I gotta say.. it was pretty good for that greasy cheesy tex mex I sometimes crave

        1. re: Googs

          I also really like that particular location of Hernando's Hideaway. The food is not the greatest, but it is fine for when you crave some down and dirty tex mex type food, plus the atmos is fun.

          1. re: Googs

            I will chime in and say that I also like this place. I've mentioned it before on here and been shot down. We all realize it's not "authentic" but for what they serve, they are very consistent. The food is always tasty, the servers are friendly, and the vibe is very relaxed. In the summer they open up the windows, so if you're lucky enough to get one of the tables alongside you have a great view of the Flatiron building and the park beside it. Also, they sell some sort of darker Dos Equis beer that I really like, it's a cut above the usual corona-with-a-lime crap most tex-mex places push. Definitely a decent middle of the week go-to place... just don't bring any real Mexicans along for the ride. Think Mexi-Casa Taco Kit... but much better.

            1. re: Gary

              So it's agreed: Hernando's is our guilty pleasure. I usually think decent food in a place where I can watch the game with friends. Great mid-week stress relief. If only there were more places like that.

          2. My Middle-of-the-weekers in the YOnge and Davisville neighborhood are: Acquolina (pizza/pasta, nice owner who's always there- you can sit at the bar); Mariachi's (for when I miss my old old days at Mexi's in New Brunswick-sigh, I can't lie); and Tabule on yonge (great middle-eastern- cheap and cheerful, those little armenian sausages, omg).

            1. In my part of town, when I'm looking for a casual, pleasant, affordable joint that I'm reluctant to tackle on weekends (because it's too crowded and, therefore, not as casual and pleasant as it is mid-week), I prefer:
              1. Mashu-Mashu, a middle-Eastern spot on Spadina Rd. north of St. Clair, for good lentil soup, salads and nicely-done baked rainbow trout;
              2. Paese, an Italian resto on Bathurst St. north of Wilson, where you can dine at either a high, low or in-between price (which is a sign of a consumer-friendly restaurant), for pizzas, fowl dishes and interesting daily specials. Though Paese has a large wine list, it also charges no corkage whatever if you bring your own. Very friendly and professional service; and
              3. Ferro, on St. Clair Ave. west of Christie, which always seems busy but slightly less so mid-week (Mon. and Tues. are best if you don't want your ears assaulted by the noise level), for superb sandwiches (I'm partial to the Charles sandwich), appetizers, decent pizzas, soups and one of the more reasonably priced wine lists in town.

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              1. re: juno

                Good to know about Paese .. when I'm visiting my Grandma up in North York and want to go with her to a nice Italian joint. Thanks.

              2. I have two very regular mid-week spots: Tacos El Asador on the north side of Bloor at Clinton; and Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu on the south side of Bloor at Clinton. Tacos El Asador usually for take out on the way home; and, veggie soon tofu, at the restaurant (I've actually seen people do take-out but I cannot imagine it not being served in the cast iron pot straight from the oven.

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                1. re: mickeyj

                  I've passed Tacos El Asador many times and keep meaning to stop, what do u recommend?

                  1. re: jen2202

                    I recommend the crispy chicken taco, any of the burritos, and the guacamole. And the tamales and the pupusas. All delicious and, although the surroundings are crude, the people that run the joint are very friendly and it's a nice place to spend an hour with some cheap eats and a beer.

                    1. re: mickeyj

                      so i went to tacos el asador today. i ordered a chicken taco but didnt specify crunchy and they gave me soft, if was boring, not alot in it. That was the only thing i could remember u recommending at the time so i had nachos too. they were pretty good. the place was really busy and the staff was nice, everyone was ordering pupusas but i dont know what they are so i didnt order one. thanks for the rec tho, when i go back next time ill try the crunchy taco and a pupusa...whatever it is!

                2. For middle of the week, I like Kachi (Korean at Bloor and Christie or Spadina and St Andrew), Pho Linh (Vietnamese at College and Dufferin), and Edo (Japanese at Spadina and Baldwin).

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                  1. re: Jax

                    What do you recommend at Ka Chi? I've had pork bone soup there. Very good (especially as it gets colder). Do they do anything else particularly well?

                    1. re: Delish

                      Mmm pork bone soup. The pudaechiggae (I think they call it pork sausage stew) and kimchi chiggae are fantastic cold weather food too. Their mandu (dumplings) and haemool pajjeon (seafood pancake) are great, and so is the ddok pokki (rice cakes in spicy sauce)--the Korean answer to mac and cheese. The whole menu is bubbling over with comfort food, really.

                      1. re: Delish

                        For a lighter (but still warms you up) soup, order #15 on the menu. It's a chicken soup heavy with these flat chunky noodles and veg, and the chicken broth is well stewed.

                        I almost always get the pork bone soup though.

                    2. Mine are Barrida Churasquieria on College for the grilled chicken with rice and potatoes, and a bottle of Aveleda vinho verde (only 7% alcohol, excellent for midweek), Pho 88 on Gerrard for take-out pho -- I have the plain broth with noodles, the honey gets pho with the BBQ chicken and dinner costs less than $10 (if I've got a cold I squeeze in half a lemon -- very therapeutic) MiMi for bun (I usually call ahead to order and all I have to say is "number 98, and 114 no cucumber" and the sweet gal there says "Oh hi Mandy, how are you?")Pearl Court for Tung An chicken, snow peas and broccoli, and special rice noodles. Terroni on Victoria, Sushi Bistro on Queen west, and Flip Toss and Thai on Harbord are other favourites...

                      1. It seems I'm in a different part of town then most other folks here - I'm in The Upper Beaches area and I have two places I frequent- One is the Grover Pub and Grub at Kingston and Main. they have arguably the best wings in Toronto- Their ribs are pretty dang good too. The Other place is Krispy Rolls at Warden and Eglinton. They have awsome pho and bun, and the lady who owns it is pretty nice too :)

                        When I lived at Yonge and Eg, the spot I hit most often (and I'm talking at least twice a week) was Sushi Rock Cafe, On yonge just north of Eg. they have been the only people in Toronto that was able to serve me Saba (picked Mackerel)....

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                        1. re: oracle347

                          Hm..does this pub and grub place have a website/menu? Is it clean or nice inside? Ive never heard of it..

                          1. re: hungryabbey

                            I'm afriad there isn't a site - it's simplly not that type of pub *LOL* Their address is 676 Kingston Road.
                            They have a fairly basic pub menu, with the natchos and your usual deep fried goodies, some salads and a pretty good french onion soup- actually, their daily soup is some of the most creative I've seen. Again really good wings, awsome ribs, great steaks, some fun pastas. It's not fancy, but it's good food, clean inside and friendly service. Go check it out!

                            1. re: oracle347

                              hm sounds good. Has anyone tried McCarthys Irish Pub?

                          2. re: oracle347

                            I used to go to the Grover, but heard it's closed?

                          3. I'm in Little India and rely on take-out at various Indian places here on Gerrard, although I don't eat out much during the week. Mimi's in Chinatown East tickles my fancy occasionally, too.
                            I love Ikky Sushi on Kingston Road, and Sakawaya at Danforth and Jones. They are my mid-week splurge places, although only a splurge for the amount of food, not the price (esp. Ikky).

                            1. Chez What? for a lamburger and frites, and a pint of cider. Skylark for lots of dal, naan, and butter chicken. I went to Rebel House last week with my mother, and I think i'd like to make that a regular occurance, too.

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                              1. My midweek picks are-Regency on Gerrard for butter chicken, Seabreeze on queen for Chinese or Soon foon Tai. Also Krispy Roll on Warden for lunch, and of course The Bus Terminal for breakfast or lunch any time!!!

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                                1. re: Leslieville

                                  you sound like you're in my neck of the woods - who's the Bus Terminal??

                                  1. re: oracle347

                                    The Bus Terminal's on Danforth just east of Coxwell,next to the parking lot. It's a great little diner with wonderful music(usually jazz) playing.It opens at about 7:00 and closes around 5:00 or so, but has the best breakfasts and great lunch choices. In a very short time it has become one of my favorite places. No attitude either!

                                    1. re: Leslieville

                                      Hearty second on the Bus Terminal. Much better than Sunshine next door! My go to place for breakfast these days. I also like Relish in the 'hood for a pricier alternative.

                                2. Nowadays it's pizza at Marcellos. They have some great thin crust pizza. It's easy and quick to be seated during the week, unlike Friday/Saturday nights.

                                  The Rebel House is another great place to go midweek as well. The offer superb and filling slightly upscape pub food with a decent beer list. It's better to sit on the patio, but one can at least get a quick seating upstairs during the week.

                                  1. Grazie at Yonge and Eglinton for Quattro Stagioni or the tasty potato pizza.

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                                    1. re: Ice Queen

                                      Grazie is awesome. I always seem to wait at least an hour before there's a table for me. Do other people have this same experience?

                                      I find myself eating at Green Papaya, two blocks north of Grazie.

                                    2. I'm in Leslieville... most of these are takeout spots but some of our local favourites include Queen Pita for shawarma, Mimi Vietnamese Restaurant, Pizziaolo, Cajun Corner for shrimp po'boys and gumbo, British Style Fish & Chips, and sometimes Seabreeze or Danforth Dragon for chinese. Need more suggestions for cheap/tasty takeout in the area though... perhaps its time to bump one of the Leslieville threads.

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                                      1. re: Vise

                                        where is queeen pita and what do u order therE? how much is it
                                        ? tia

                                        1. re: chalenegirl

                                          Queen Pita is on Queen just east of Leslie (north side), almost directly across the street from the beer store. Same block as Edward Levesque if you know where that is. As for ordering, I normally get the chicken shawarma dinner (around $6 or $7 I think) with double meat for an extra $2... sometimes I substitute fries for the rice, but its tasty either way.

                                      2. Gina's BBQ Chicken in Mississauga. Usually take-out there at least twice a week. She's removed pizzas from the menu and has been focusing more, to my delight, on Portuguese dishes. It's the spot for my feijoada and croquette fix.

                                        1. This thread is KILLING me. You guys are giving away all my top spots.

                                          In no particular order.

                                          Tacos El Asador (and the tofu Soup place right across the street)
                                          Rol San (Dim Sum)
                                          Churassquo's of St Clair (takeout chicken)
                                          Ferro (sandwiches, Pizza pstas)
                                          The Rebel House (everything but espicially the meatloaf, the clubhouse and the burger and the cheese pennies)
                                          St Louis (wings)
                                          People's Diner (Dupont and davenport)
                                          Nataraj (Bloor and Brunswick) Indian
                                          Terroni (pizza and pasta)
                                          Dos Amigos (mexican)

                                          The list could go on forever, but all of the above are cheap, cheerful and perfect for a mid-week nibble


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                                          1. re: superizzy

                                            where is ferro? and does it have a website?

                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                              Ferro is on the south side of St Clair, west of Christie. Not sure of the web site

                                          2. I alternate Tuesdays, going to Duffs for $5.45 Lb. of hot wings one week and Groucho's for $2.99 hamburger the following week. They are both on Bayview.

                                            Also, I go to Maroli between Davisville and Balliol for take out butter chicken at $6.99 with basmati rice, 4/$3.00 samosas.

                                            Giorgio's on Mt. Pleasant has a 3-topping medium pizza pick-up special@$10.99.

                                            As you can tell, I am very frugal during the week!

                                            1. When I eat out during the week I feel like I'm "cheating" and should be cooking at home. Therefore we tend to stick with cheaper places on those weeknights where we don't want to cook.

                                              The Jason George pub at Front and Jarvis is one regular haunt. Everything on the menu is decent, but on one night of the week (I can't remember if it's Tue or Wed) they have a great burger special... a big burger and fries for under $5. Two of those and two pints and you're looking at dinner for two for $20. Can't beat that these days.

                                              The Terroni on Victoria is also great, but only if you go EARLY. And that means 5pm, latest, if you don't have reservations. By 6 it's so packed you can hardly move, and it doesn't seem to matter what day of the week it is. Worth it, though.

                                              When we want something lighter, Izakaya is a good bet. Especially with two people you can get one of those side tables and the service problems that seem to plague larger groups don't seem to apply. If you just get a couple mains and a couple sakes or beers, it usually comes out surprisingly cheap.

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                                              1. re: Gary

                                                I'm in the Annex (Davenport & Dupont)....We often go to Roma Ristorante on Bloor at Gladstone...wonderful Pizza, great 'Roma' salad and pretty good Gnocci(sp?). It's usually not crowded even on the weekend but in the summer the Patio does a huge business...I'm not a Patio fan but on a nice summer night I can be convinced. We also take out from 'Albert's Real Jamaican' quite frequently.

                                                1. re: pearlD

                                                  What are people's picks for casual eats in the financial district?

                                                  1. re: Aidan

                                                    I live out east in Durham Region but work downtown. Mid-week fare typically involves pub food.

                                                    If I am close to home like to go to the Tap & Tankard in Whitby for their $3/lb wing special. Two lbs and a Guinness (or two) make for a great mid-week meal. The Black Dog in Scarborough is also a favourite spot.

                                                    If I stay downtown I like to go to the Hair of the Dog (Church St north of Carlton) or PJ O'briens (on Colborne St behind the King Edward Hotel).

                                                    1. re: BK67

                                                      A short walk from the bank towers gets you to Market Fresh on Front just east of Jarvis. I really like their stir fries because they aren't the same old thing you get at most asian eateries and since many are cooked without any oil, they're both healthy and tasty.

                                                      A little closer to the towers, Mercatto is a tasty casual choice. There's one on Bay and another on Toronto Street.

                                                      I also like Sammy's on Wellington (just west of University). It's not gourmet, by any means, but their "chicken of the world" (an assortment of grilled chicken breasts in different sauces) are tasty. My fave is honey garlic chicken in a pita with hummus, lettuce and cucumber. They also serve chicken (or salmon or tofu) with salad and rice and they do some really tasty salads, like a cole slaw with apples and a couscous/feta/veggie salad that's a meal by itself.

                                              2. Pomegranate!
                                                Awesome persian food on college east of bathurst.

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                                                1. re: bellywizard

                                                  And when I went there midweek it was closed!

                                                2. i too am in the trinity park area (well, queen and dovercourt to be precise) and my three regular spots are the beaver cafe (very good sandwiches and salads, with a relaxing atmosphere during the day that allows you to lounge or grade student papers, as it is in my case), terroni on queen, and banu. i can't say enough about banu - food is delicious, pomegranate martini just what one needs after a long day of work, and the owners and stuff make everyone feels special. very cool unpretentious crowd. the kitchen closes quite late so it's also a great spot for a late evening meal (banu has saved my sanity many an evening last fall after my hellish wednesdays of teaching till 9pm). favourite dishes: naan-o-paneer, chicken wings (take the meat off the bone and wrap it in the bread with all the other fixings, and the kebabs).

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                                                  1. re: Kasia

                                                    I got to agree with the Beaver Cafe. I quite enjoy it.

                                                    Ghandi's Butter Chicken is a guilty mid-week pleasure too.

                                                  2. my favourite "regular" standby is Utopia in Little Italy. Great beers on tap, excellent service, and fabulous mexican and canadian-insipred comfort food. especially like the tuna burrito. can get a little cramped, but the vibe is so casual that no one seems to mind. Also, Axis in the Junction for the monday night steak special. And Garvey's at Bloor and Dufferin for great jamaican takeout.

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                                                    1. re: gentilesque

                                                      my favorite stand-bys would be Sorn Thai at Yonge and Sherwood. It's always fresh and tasty. In the same area, I'd agree with the posters above that Grazie is great, but can be a wait, but well worth it. For Pizza, Louie's Classico again at Sherwood. I used to take in the Duke of Kent, but think it's gone downhill. Anyone else found the portions got smaller and not as tasty as they have been. I probably haven't been there in 6 months.

                                                    2. I think no one has mentioned my very favorite (outside La Palette for a lovely steak frites): the Rosedale Diner. Looks like an old diner but in the summer they have a LOVELY garden at the back where you wouldn't believe that you are somewhere with a front door on Yonge, the cheapest fare I can remember is the house burger for 10$ (and it is a luxury delicious burger) but there is plenty of lovely other dishes including creative soups, fish and meat light mains and wonderful desserts as well. Plus that's where I discovered many of my favorite Ontario wineries!

                                                      1. It is hard to beat Le Paradis on Bedford Rd. I have going there for on 20 years and value for dollar, very hard to beat. Great ambiance too!