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Apr 1, 2008 03:05 PM

Not too sophisticated but good under $10

Years ago, the Toronto Sun use to run a column on the $3 lunch, then $5, then $7. It quit running the column after $7. Being a true and blue Toronto type, I find it hard to believe you can't get a decent lunch or dinner for under $10. Now, I'm not talking meeting all food groups, and having all the essentials such as fries with that etc. I'm talking honest to goodness food. Some of the one's I would classify would be California's on Clinton St. for their Veal sandwiches, Pho Saigon at Eglinton and Warden for any of their pho, and a little Chinese place at Victoria Park and Lawrence called Golden Formosa for anything freshly made in front of you.

Do you know anywhere else?

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Soup Nutsy, down in the Exchange Tower.
      A darn good soup with a choice of two sides (bread, veggies or fruit) can be easily had for $8.

    2. Butler's Pantry (prefer Markham Street location over Queen West).

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      1. re: Zengarden

        Thai Plate, 3434 Bathurst at Ranee for teh Friday lunch buffet.a $25 meal for less thahn $10. The regular lunch special is good too, but the Friday buffet is a steal.

        Lunch special at Asahi, north-west corner of Bathurst and Steeles, next to Me-va-me. $6.

        Shawarma at Ibrahim, Lawrence East across from Nasr.

        Kefta Kebob at Sofra, Dufferin above Hwy 7 in the plaza on the east side. MUST ask not to overcook, don't be shy about directing the server to load up with salad. Order at the counter and stick around to directthe salads.

        Combo plate only at Aladdin's Palace, Victoria Park at Tempo, underneath Genesis. Veg with labaneh, or chicken or beef shawarma or half an d half if you ask. very nice people. .Includes pita and pickling. about $6. Open to the wee hours, LCBO licenced- Christian Arab , almost all workers are family, from Lod, Israel.

        All day Lunch Box take away at Yummy Market, Dufferin southof Finch in the plaza with Canadian Tire, $6.
        They are Russian beware of the excessive salt problem. Get something safe, like a chicken leg. ( note : only a few of teh things that you see come for the Lunch Box). Lunch Box comes with a starch and salad. If you don't say anything you will get enough for a family. So I ask for a bit of kasha, a bit of rice and two small potatoes. You will be amazed by how much" a bit" is. Ibid for the salad, the second side. I ask for a bit of beets, tomato cucumber, coleslaw.

        The house made poppy seed roll (pastry) is good, $1.49, good for two.
        The frozen soups are good but again beware the salt problem. I get the fish (salmon) soup. It has gone from superb (but for) to being only good. $3.99 a litre, recently raised $1. When they first opened, they used a combination of halibut (skeleton), trout and salmon. And too much salt, to kill a beautiful soup. Oh yeah and caveat- I am Polish and I do like dill.

        Konnichiwa, Baldwin east of Beverly. Donnburri and barley tea. I really like their cooking. Owners are Japanese and ex-Prince Hotel.

      2. Tacos El Asador and New York Subway!

        Tacos El Asador
        690 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

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

        1. There are some chinese noodle places on dundas at spadina - a bit scary but very good duck noodle soup for $5

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          1. re: juliewong

            "a bit scary"? - could you elaborate.

            1. re: T Long

              Well bit scary in terms of cleanliness and overall decor - dirt in the corners, cracked flooring - however the food tastes as it should. Just a bit unsightly.

          2. Burrito Boyz! Try the halibut. And you can get decent falafel all over the city for under $4. At Ali Baba's (multiple locations including College & Parliament) you can get 2 falafels for the price of 1 on Tuesdays (I think around $3).


            Burrito Boyz
            218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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            1. re: toveggiegirl


              Ali Baba's Middle Eastern Cuisine
              2202 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R1X3, CA

              Ali Baba's Restaurant
              1430 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K1L9, CA