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Your inexpensive, Unusual locations to "Grab A Bite"?

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  1. I'll be the first to admit that some people find it a bit unsavoury, but I've always liked the Vesta Lunch at Dupont and Bathurst. No tables - just counters. No nonsense, no pretensions either. Simple food - their three-decker sandwiches are great - prepared quickly and served without attitude. I always ask for extra of their vinegary coleslaw compared to their fries.

    1. Bagel Nash or Le Delice at the Longo's plaza at Bayview and Laurelleaf. (Same plaza as Ferrovia) Inside the mini mall is Bagel nash, which serves respectable bagels and sandwiches. At Le Delice, they sell falafels and shawarmas. Both cheap and both delicious.

        I'll have to add the Chinese food counter at TnT Supermarket at Warden and Steeles. to this list. I don't know if they offer the same items at their other locations, however, I was in there one Friday night recently (They're open till 2AM) and ordered the 4 items of your choice, lunch box which included a mound of rice for under $5.00. They have tables there in front, all the tea you can drink on the house and a microwave at your disposal.
        Around 9PM they start dropping the prices on all the prepared items.

        1. I used to pick up a roti from Albert's when I was in need of a quick, easy fill-up... but my new favourite in the area (Bathurst & St. Clair) is Eastern Twist. I have only tried their wraps, but I believe the make the Paratha wrap (white or whole wheat) themselves and the fillings are pretty tasty too - $6-$9 depending on the filling. And if you like spicy, make sure you add the achar as a topping! It's fast food style, but there are tables.

          1. The hot dog cart at Queen near University. If you walk far enough, there is a table eventually.

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            1. re: Pincus

              I often pick up some Okra Stew at Ghazale (Bloor & Bathurst)...if it's in good weather I usually sit on one of the concrete planters nearby and 'people watch'...otherwise I just eat it in my car! I also would do the same with a freshly made Serrano & Cheese sandwich from the Cheese Dairy but they have now closed.....Boo Hoo!

              1. re: Pincus

                Other than hot dogs what are you referencing it for? the cost of the 'dogs'?

                1. re: fruglescot

                  Location mostly. Queen's Park is relatively nearby and it is off a subway stop I often exit from.

              2. Island foods at Dufferin and King or in the Village by the grange. Awesome channa / spinach roti! I used to like the Vesta but after I saw the cook scraping down the butter from the sides of a bowl with his finger that turned me off......... After a few months I got over it so I returned only to see one of the cooks picking his nose (without a care in the world). So, no Vesta for me anymore.

                1. I recently discovered banh mi - vietnamese 'sub' sandwiches, very tasty and filling for usually around $2 each.

                  Here's a thread on the subject: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451435

                  I'm sure they can be found all over the GTA, but the locations above don't have tables. Can't get much cheaper than a toonie though, and no tax!

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                  1. re: goodmom8

                    The one Bahn Mi place that I have become fond of is Rose's located on Broadview south of Gerrard. Lately I have been finding that after that we hit Ambience on Queen for some really gooood hot chocolate.

                    No tables though.

                    1. re: Otonabee

                      Rose Cafe does have tables. Three or four, actually.

                  2. New York Subway!

                    New York Subway
                    520 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                    1. Jumbo Empanadas (245 Augusta): fresh baked Chicken empanada for $4! mmmm

                      Big Fat Burrito (285 Auigusta) better than the Burrito Boyz...the pulled pork burrito with all the fixinngs is oustanding. The large is about $6.

                      Yung Sing Pastry (22 Baldwin) is a Toronto isntitution: best chinese traditional buns. Sweet bun wth curried ground beef is my fav. I think they are about $1.50 each

                      Hot dog lady at City Hall (the one with the paper bag on her head). Nice lady, always gives you something extra (.e. if you order a hot dog, she'll throw a hunk of polish sausage on top) $2

                      Harbord Fish and Chips (approx Harbord and Bathurst): crispy fish, nice thick cut fries. Sit on the picnic outside (when it's warm enough)

                      1. There's a tiny tiny place called Cafe Sympatico that sells nice Italian sandwiches. It's in a strip mall at the very western edge of Etobicoke, near Burnhamthorpe & Renforth. I really love this place. There are a few tables.

                        1. Not sure about inexpensive but I love Garvey's Jerk on Bloor, just east of Dufferin.

                          The chicken dinner is really good and they give you extra oxtail gravy on your rice and peas if you ask. I love their hot sauce as well - not the tabasco one, just ask for the other hot sauce.

                          They do mostly take out with two plastic tables and two chairs per table.

                          I almost always go 3 times a month.

                          1. The "Vendetta" pizza, Brass Taps Pizza Pub, College & Dovercourt.

                            Italian sausage, moz, goat cheese and red pepper. It's a good quick bite to eat.

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                            1. re: grilledcheese

                              are these brass taps pubs a chain (theres one on the danforth?)

                              1. re: hungryabbey

                                They used to all be under one owner. Then they split. Each is individually owned now. The third is on Carlton, near Parliament.

                                1. re: grilledcheese

                                  ah yes I knew there was another. hm, have you been to two or all three to compare?

                                  1. re: hungryabbey

                                    I have only been to the one above. It is a great neighbourhood hangout. Super friendly "Newfie" owners (no offense in tended). They do a good (not great) pizza. Everything else is kinda mediocre.

                              2. re: grilledcheese

                                I woudln't say Brass Taps is a best bang for you buck place. I actualy find the service very slow and most of the time aloof. Love the customers though. a true local favorite, but very mediocre food.

                                The Carlton location definitely has better quality food, but the crowd can get too lively on weekends.
                                My favorites:
                                Allen's on Danforth
                                Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market
                                Mother's Dumpling in Chinatown (they actually have slow service, but I love the food)
                                New York Subs on Queen W

                                1. re: happycamper

                                  I see you've included Allen's on Danforth in your list... Do you consider that an 'inexpensive place", to grab a quick bite?

                                  1. re: happycamper

                                    I was just answering the OP's question. They didn't ask where the best bang for the buck was.

                                    1. re: grilledcheese

                                      That's true but I think it was certainly implied. Allen's is a great place to dine but I don't think it's considered somewhere to grab an inexpensive bite unless you've just won a lottery
                                      But thank you for your suggestion of The "Vendetta" pizza, Brass Taps Pizza Pub, College & Dovercourt, grilled cheese. Sounds like just what we were aiming for.

                                2. I really like JJJ Jerk just west of Midland Avenue on Kingston Road, north side. The best jerk chicken takeout I've ever had - the special is $4.59 with cole slaw, a soft drink and aki rice. They have a couple of tables if you want to eat in.