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Suggestions for "Homey" non-pretentious, but good food in West End Downtown

Okay, I'm at a loss here. I'm looking for good food, decent portions, not too expensive (not a big deal) and not pretentious in the Queen/King West area. I know, mission impossible, right? Might be able to do College St. as well. We've already been to One of a Kind Pasta and Grill - that's the only thing I could think of that fit this bill. Any ideas fellow Chowhounds?

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  1. I had dinner at Julie's Cuban on saturday night for my birthday and I would recommend it. It's on Dovercourt, just north of Queen. It's romantic and quirky. The portions were so huge we didn't have room for dessert.
    www.juliescuban.com

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    1. re: Henrywatertail

      Hey good suggestion. I have been there before, but didn't recall until twigged by your post. Seems more of a summer place to me, but I think we might be able to swing it. Mojitos!! Thanks!

    2. My favourite in that area is The Prague (www.theprague.ca) the only downside is they close early. (7 during the week and 6 on weekends) So far I've had the Goulash, Beef in Sauerbraten sauce, Chicken and bacon Spaetzle and pierogies and they're all really good. A full meal for one plus dessert shouldn't cost more than $20.

      1. whats the budget?


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          1. Irie on Queen west. Very good Jamaican food. Before his latest place, Greg Couillard spent some time there honing up his spice skills. Very credible jump-up soup, and fantastic roti. Licenced, as well. A couple of dishes and a red stripe should be under 25.

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            1. re: Snarf

              While Irie is quite good, I have found the portions to be on the smaller side.

              1. re: deelicious

                Depends on what you order. The rotis are definitely good sized

                1. re: deelicious

                  I haven't been in a while, I used to get take out regularly and always found it to be tasty and well priced for good sized portions...I hope they haven't changed something...