Good Eats at Bay/Bloor
I just started working at bay/bloor and was wondering if anyone knows of any good but cheap eats at bay/bloor.
I'm in the same neck of the woods... it's hard to find affordable AND good, but a few spots deliver.
Le Gourmand (in the food court below The Bay): great quiche and salad combo for under $10, but show up before 12:30 or else it'll be gone. Their meatloaf is also quite good, though the sauce is a bit sweet - combo with a salad is a wee bit more than $10 after tax.
Okonomi House (Charles St, between Bay and Yonge): several different types of Japanese pancakes aka okonomi yaki for under $6 - add a miso soup for $2 and you've got yourself a meal. You can also opt for the yummy chicken teriyaki served with a heap of bean sprouts for about $8.
Ritz (Roy Square) - you can get a small jerk chicken dinner for under $5 at lunchtime or spring for the large for a couple bucks more. Their rotis are usually enough to stretch over 2 meals. Worth waiting in the inevitable lineup.
Banana Leafs (Roy Square) - Thai food that's made when you order it, rather than sitting on a steam table a-la-Spring-Rolls-Go. It's not all that authentic, but it's well priced and very tasty. Most combos are under $6 if I remember right and include soup, salad and rice to go with your stir-fry.
As for the remainder of Roy Square, skip the Biryani House as it's had a steep decline in quality over the last year or so, and make sure you've packed some Pepto if you visit the falafel place on the corner.
Lastly, there's a pretty decent salad bar in the grocery store on the lower level of the Manulife centre. You can also get a few hot dishes to go, like roasted chicken and lasagna and such.
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Ritz' jerk chicken lunch special is $3.99, but it is quite small
Banana Leaf which is in the vicinity also has lunch special for $3.99 which is pretty good quite filling. Noodles + shrimps and lots of chicken and veg. They stir fry it for you when you order. So it is not food court kind of food. I recommend this
Ginger, next to the Strip club is a good Vietnames joint with lots of tasty and flavourful food for a reasonable price
I like the Ginger on Yonge just south of Boor -- the dishes are overall a little less sweet than the Ginger at Wellsley and Church. Frugal fav there is the $5 large hot & sour tofu soup which is huge and lemongrass broth really (not typical chinese hot & sour)
Occasionally the take out at Dinah's Cupboard on Cumberland is great -- they do okra there that's awesome.
Another recent thread is at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/440861
I second (third? fourth?) the multiple recs for Saigon Sister in there. They've really let the decor slide over the last few years, but wow, the lunch I had there a few months back was still extremely fresh and tasty, and cheap to boot.
Camros at Yonge & Hayden gets rave reviews for its veggie organic food. http://www.camroseatery.com
Avoid the Mexican joint on Yonge north of Bloor.
Sorry, I have to disagree about Saigon Sister. Service is beyond awful - I've often been left waiting for upwards of twenty minutes just to place an order with a server nowhere to be found, and have often had to ask repeatedly for the bill.
Bad enough when it's after work for drinks or a nibble, but it's a definite deal-breaker when I'm on the clock and need to be back at my desk within an hour.
Food is passable, but it's pretty much style over substance - I guess they hope a pretty plating and trendy molded plywood seating will distract you from the fact that you can get a better rendition at half the price down the street at Ginger.
I really only go because it's a friend's favourite and she insists on choosing it when we meet up. Even then, I downright refuse when lunch is involved.
It's hard to get a better deal than what you get at Ginger. Prices are low, portions are big, food is tasty.