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

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.

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  1. 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

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

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

      1. 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

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

            1. 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: Sarah Cat

                  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

              1. 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

                  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

                    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.)