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Oct 29, 2007 07:03 PM

Cheap Toronto eats?

Forgive me if this topic has been done to death, but I'm looking for cheap bites to grab downtown. I like to go places that have very inexpensive meals (<$8) or, when I'm super broke, I'll just get a "snack" somewhere (<$5). Bonus points if the place is west-ish on Bloor (the Annex west to say, Dufferin).

Examples -
Cheap meals: Mothers Dumplings (do they sell anything that's even over 10 bucks?), Sushi on Bloor (bento deals or otherwise just an appetizer alongside the huge $3 tofu salad), Nova Era ($4 deli sandwiches on fresh bread).

Snacks: Small order of chips from Chippys, one of a few cheap places for samosas near Landsdowne (I'm drawing a blank on the name but one place has samosas 3/$1 and little rotis for $1), Chicken baguette from Ginger ($3).

What are your favorite cheap eats in the city?

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  1. Tofu soup w/ rice (can't remember the Korean name) @ Bloor & Clinton for $7.
    House salad at 'East meets West' @700 University for $3.75. So many to choose from: pasta, fresh cut fruit, Korean noodle, veg, seaweed, etc. It's a light meal.

    1. Snack/cheap meal: Beef empanada from Jumbo Empanadas on Augusta Street in Kensington Market. Haven't been in a while. Last time I was there it was about $3 to $4 bucks.

      1. I haven't been in several years, but Mi Linda Managua (north side of Bloor around Bathurst I think) offered three dishes: Meat. Chicken. Fish.
        These come with heaping piles of rice and fried plantains (maybe a salad?) for 8 bucks (back in the day). I've been meaning to go back, and will not fail to report.

        1. Pupusas ($2.25) at Emporium Latino in Kensington Market. Yummy!

          1. Bánh mì has got to be the ultimate cheap snack food. $1.50, how can you go wrong. Just don't look too closely at those cold cuts.