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Best cheap Toronto eats

jackslim May 7, 2007 07:47 AM

Hi there, I am going to be in Toronto next week for three days and I need help with some great places to eat on a limited budget. I am staying on Roncesvalles but most of my business is in the downtown area, though I am not against going a little out of my way to find something awesome and cheap.

any help would be awesome.

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  1. thought_for_food RE: jackslim May 7, 2007 08:03 AM

    If you're taking the King streetcar (504) to get downtown, you'll be passing by Island Foods at King and Dufferin. This place serves excellent West Indian rotis - IMO the best in town, though I know others on this board disagree. Price per roti is somewhere around $5-$6, and one roti makes a meal. On Roncesvalles itself are several Polish restaurants that serve very large meals for very reasonable prices. I especially like Cafe Polonez, but Staropolska, Krak, and Chopin are very good too.

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      mainja RE: thought_for_food May 12, 2007 09:10 PM

      god I love Island Foods. Among the best Roti I've ever had. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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        Davwud RE: thought_for_food May 13, 2007 05:18 PM

        Island Foods roti's are incredible. Yes, $6 for a roti is a bit high but it's a great lunch. Perfect for on the go too. I like the chicken both bone in and bone out. Bone in if you can sit and pick them out (Of your mouth) and bone out if you can't.


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        ghetto_scarlem RE: jackslim May 7, 2007 09:02 AM

        I really liked the Ali Baba's when I used to work in that area.

        1430 Queen Street West
        (416) 536-2100

        They have specials everyday - but my favourite was 2 falafels for $2.99 on Tuesdays.


        1. FoodieGirl29 RE: jackslim May 9, 2007 07:22 PM

          Having just graduated from U of T - I know cheap food! Most of these places are in the Annex @ Bloor & Bathurst

          New Generation Sushi
          Jumbo Empanadas (Kensington Market)
          Mustachio's Sandwiches @ St. Lawrence Market (lunch only)
          Rol San (Chinatown)
          Pho Hung (Vietnamese Noodle Soup in Chinatown)

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            jackslim RE: jackslim May 10, 2007 04:46 PM

            thanks so much

            1. orangewasabi RE: jackslim May 10, 2007 06:33 PM

              So cheap eats is a sub $10 meal?

              The Dumpling House on west side of Spadina, north of Dundas (get the pork & chive)
              Not Just Noodles NW corner of Yonge & Wellsley (get the Shanghai Noodles, actually lots of stuff is good there)
              Burrito Boyz at Adelaide west of University (get the shrimp or halibut)
              Sinai Sushi Grosvenor, which is one light north of College, just west of Yonge -- (all the sushi and rolls are great, I like the special spicy salmon)
              Yummy BBQ Korean Food on Yonge, half a block south of Wellsley -- the ribs are great
              Reithers German Deli on Church, half a block south of Wellsley -- get the cabbage rolls or meatloaf off the hot table
              Spring Rolls - Wellsley & Church -- the grilled pork or the seafood hot & sour soup are good
              Sweet Pepper - Bay, 1 block south of Wellsley -- great veal sammie
              And another vote for Mustachios!

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                ekammin RE: orangewasabi May 11, 2007 07:50 PM

                For well under $10, you can get a large bowl of Pho at almost any Vietnamese restaurant. It's a meal in itself - plenty of noodles, various forms of beef (I like rare beef and beef balls, myself), basil and bean sprouts you add yourself ad lib, all in a uniquely tasty soup.

                If you get tired of this, Izba, on the Queensway, offers a schnitzel dinner at a very low price. True, it's not the finest schnitzel, but still tasty.

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                  jennjen18 RE: ekammin May 12, 2007 10:01 PM

                  But who really gets tired of pho? ... hehe...

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                    LovesToEat RE: jennjen18 May 14, 2007 06:40 AM

                    I never tire of pho! I always wonder about the calorie content of it though...I figure it's healthy but is it fatty?

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                      beany RE: LovesToEat May 14, 2007 01:56 PM


                      this website says it has 7 grams of fat, 425 calories and 2 grams of fibre for 1.5 cups of soup.

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                        LovesToEat RE: beany May 15, 2007 06:36 AM

                        Thanks Beany!

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                yummy_mummy RE: jackslim May 15, 2007 08:38 AM

                "The Market" on Queen & John across from the CityTV building has a chinese take-out that is reasonably priced. It is deep into the building and the food has been fresh everytime i go. Way better quality than Man chu wok. You get a good portion for the price you pay.

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                  hungry_pangolin RE: yummy_mummy May 15, 2007 11:49 AM

                  Actually, at the Market at Q&J, there's an Indian take-away that does decent curries, and the shawarmas from the place at the very back are also quite nice. In the Annex, Sarah's Falafel has, for my money, the best beef shawarma in the downtown. Does anyone have a contender?

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