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Bring on the recession: what's cheap and delicious in the West End?

Sarah Cat Jan 13, 2009 01:36 PM

Where can I get a really good meal without breaking the bank in Parkdale, Roncesvalles, Bloor West, on College or even in the Annex? "Cheap and cheerful" is the name of the game in this lovely ole recession.

I heard Mitzi's Sister is doing a "Recession Bites" menu to replace their specials, with comfort foods under ten bucks, but I don't know... the menu sounded kind of gross. (Chicken-fried steak? What is that, even?) I like the fajitas on Wednesdays at the Cadillac Lounge.

I'm open to any and all suggestions! I'd prefer licensed spots, but it's not necessary.

  1. Davwud Jan 15, 2009 03:45 AM

    On Dupont, just east of the railroad tracks, west of Lansdowne is a little Vietnamese place. I don't know the name of it but they have excellent Banh Mi. A great sandwich at only $2

    It's at the corner of Dupont and Edwin I believe.


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    1. re: Davwud
      piccola Jan 17, 2009 04:44 PM

      Hey, do they have a veg version? I used to eat that all the time in NYC, but haven't found any here...

      1. re: piccola
        Sarah Cat Jan 19, 2009 04:34 PM

        These are fantastic suggestions. Thanks, all.

        I'm heading to Mitzi's Sister tomorrow night, and will update on the contents/quality/value of the "Recession Bites" menu!! (I think I will skip the chicken-fried steak. Sounds gross to me.)

    2. b
      bustercat628 Jan 14, 2009 09:47 AM

      My favourite is the homemade pot pie and pub chips at Boho on Roncesvalles (at Howard Park... two doors down from The Local). The chef makes it fresh. Crust. Filling. Pub Chips. Everything.

      It is $12 I believe

      They have a pub in the back of the restaurant called the Liverbird.

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      1. re: bustercat628
        Sarah Cat Jan 15, 2009 01:12 PM

        is it chicken pot pie?

        1. re: Sarah Cat
          bustercat628 Jan 20, 2009 04:47 AM

          more of homemade pot pie.... seafood with different veggies and sauces.... sometimes it is beef and say mushrooms or bacon. sometimes it is even say Elk.... Normally there are two different pot pies on the board

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        likescrab Jan 14, 2009 08:45 AM

        I like College St. Healthy Food for shawarma and he like on Ossington just north of College.

        1. j
          jayseeca Jan 14, 2009 07:37 AM

          Nothing to write home about, but at Bloor and Lansdowne the Ali Baba's there serves a 1/4 chicken dinner for $2.99! Great value.

          1. t
            trishna Jan 13, 2009 02:48 PM

            Dr. Generosity's on Bloor W. near Runnymede has some excellent and reasonably priced menu items (great salads), huge portions, and a chillaxed, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere.

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            1. re: trishna
              trishna Jan 14, 2009 06:41 PM

              I forgot to mention that at Dr. G's you have the option to bring your own wine, and they have very low corkage fees (beginning at $2.00, I believe) early in the week. Corkage fees escalate as the week progresses.

            2. TorontoJo Jan 13, 2009 02:11 PM

              The Beaconsfield has great happy hour specials -- $8 or $9 for a pint plus some appetizer dish. One night is mac and cheese.

              1. Wahooty Jan 13, 2009 02:04 PM

                I've never been to Mitzi's Sister, but chicken fried steak is a cheap cut of steak, floured/breaded and pan fried (kind of like a beef schnitzel). It's a southern US thing, generally served with white gravy. It's a steak cooked like fried chicken, thus the name. :)

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                1. re: Wahooty
                  childofthestorm Jan 14, 2009 08:59 AM

                  Chicken fried steak is awesome! I am totally heading there to try it, I like Mitzi's food.

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