Cheap in Yorkville ... oxymoron or not?
i know yorkville is full of higher end places like remy's and sassafras. but are there any places that is ok and cheap? not fine dinning, but just quick and casual, for those weekdays you don't feel like cooking. more like chinatown. less than $10.
i suspect more of these may be found south of bloor, like charles st, rather than the north. i will be exploring, since i just moved in to the area, but wondering if chowers could suggest. thanks!
If you want cheap and good it's not in Yorkville. Sushi Inn is quite cheap and quite terrible.
In the Cumberland Terrance food court (south of Yorkville and underground) there are a couple of OK choices. I like the turkey place where they have a whole roast turkey everyday and when you order they slice it in front of you. Leftovers go into tomorrow's curry turkey which is served on rice for $5 .
When we lived at Yonge and Bloor, Ginger was our cheapie go-to... good and economic Viet at Yonge and Charles.
I also like the New Yorker deli at Bay and Charles (matzo ball soup, and a decent pastrami sami).
Veda on Yonge, just a little north of Cumberland. Good, cheap Indian takeout. <$10 for their lunch combo plus a drink.
Whole Foods. Decent pastries, good cheese selection, fresh fruit: you can probably get away with less than $20 and picnic in Yorkville.
There's Esther's Soup Kitchen also in the Cumberland Terrace, but not in the food court. Esther's is on the street level, facing Cumberland in between Yonge and Bay. Great soups and specials like curry on rice, chili and stews. But this place is only open for lunch during weekdays.
On Charles Street, there's Okonomi House which specializes in the namesake Japanese crepes. They also have other cooked fare like noodles.
re: num nums
I too like Okonomi House. Those "okonomiyaki" are usually described as Japanese pancackes, crepes, or even pizzas. Some don't like the texture and flavour combinations, and there are the usual debates about "authenticity", but I find the ones at this restaurant to be good comfort food. Homey atmosphere, friendly service, and very cheap all round.
23 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y2R4, CA