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The new downtown $10 challenge

ziggystardust Jun 20, 2009 12:35 PM

I'm short of ideas for what to have for dinner tonight. I'm on a tight budget these days so I'm trying to keep the meal at around $10, tax and where applicable, tip included. I know this topic has been covered before but given the fluctuation in the restaurant industry because of the economy, I thought it would be wise to start fresh.
For my purposes, should be either downtown or not far from a subway stop, any kind of cuisine is fine, fast food is excluded, and I don't want something that's just cheap, but otherwise dreck.
So far, my contenders are;

Gandhi Roti (Indian at Queen/Bathurst)

Yummy BBQ (Korean at Bloor/Bathurst)

Leila (Middle Eastern at Bloor/Bathurst)

Bamiyan Kabob (Afghan on Overlea in East York) bit more of a trek but well worth it.

Any other ideas?

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  1. Rabbit Jun 20, 2009 12:57 PM

    - Pho Hung... I think you could get a bowl of soup for $10-ish.
    - Jumbo Empanads (Kensington)
    - Alexandros (gyro!)... and great people watching on the Danforth

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      c_snapper Jun 20, 2009 12:58 PM

      if you're in the neighbourhood for gandhi, you can walk around the corner of bathurst for a burrito at johnny bananas

      1. jayt90 Jun 20, 2009 01:06 PM

        Collegiate Lunch has a homeburger with bacon and grated cheese, fries, and a drink for $7. Adding an old fashioned shake would keep it under $10.
        An easy trek from the Danforth line.

        Collegiate Lunch
        1024 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Z5, CA

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          c_snapper Jun 20, 2009 01:13 PM

          the chow factor is still TBD, but a big ol' pulled pork sandwich is only $6 at Lou Dawgs

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            Yongeman Jun 20, 2009 01:16 PM

            Excellent fish and chips at Olde Yorke on Laird is about $8 or so (not really near a subway, though).

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              Arcadiaseeker Jun 20, 2009 03:49 PM

              Eastern Twist at St. Clair and Bathurst has great paratha wraps -- they are delicious and the service has really improved lately. You can definitely eat for under 10 bucks.

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                Gary Jun 20, 2009 04:07 PM

                - Pho Saigon on Spadina is another good pho option. Heck, you could probably get a beer with your bowl of pho and still come in around $10. Maybe.

                - The Red Room at Spadina and College has a big menu with most meals between $4-6. I've tried a beef sandwich, the pad thai (ketchup free!) and the french toast and all were pretty decent considering the outrageous prices.

                - Patrician Grill diner on King East near Sherbourne. Pretty much everything on the menu will come in around or under $10. The Cheeseburger Deluxe combo is my weakness. Nothing fancy but solid, classic diner food and vibe.

                1. num nums Jun 20, 2009 06:59 PM

                  manpuku is on my regular rotation. it's inside village by the grange. very casual cooked Japanese food, like curry rice and udon. the curry rice is $7. and if you're really hungry and/or want to "splurge", you can make it a combo for an extra $2 that will get you a choice of 2 starters like miso soup, salad, or takosen (octopus dumplings). www.manpuku.ca

                  another place i frequent is chinese traditional buns. they're on dundas, just west of spadina. they're a northern chinese place. they have soup filled dumplings, steamed buns, and a lot of other dishes. i like their hand made noodles which they call "ramen". very generous servings. most dishes are in the $5 to $7 range. if you order carefully, you can get a noodle soup plus a little something like their "pulled pork sandwich" for under 10 bucks.

                  1. estufarian Jun 21, 2009 02:30 AM

                    New York Subway - I think the same ownership as Gandhi - about a block east of Gandhi.
                    Wraps (not subs); good choice of meat or vegetarian options.

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                      neighborguy Jun 21, 2009 06:04 AM

                      Great post.
                      One of my go-to places at Bloor/Bathurst I get cravings for is Ghazale. I'll have to check out Leila.
                      Square Boy on the Danfoth (Donlands subway) has a good-looking souvlaki dinner.
                      I've been to many of the good places mentioned in this thread but I would not qualify them as sit-down if that is part of your critera.

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                        ziggystardust Jun 21, 2009 06:59 AM

                        Leila is just across the street from Ghazale. I've wanted to try that place but the lack of seating has kept me away. I did go to the other (another?) location on College and it was excellent.
                        I ended up taking my dinner at Tandoori Flavour at College/Spadina. Good beef biryani with salad, yogurt sauce and chutney for $8 tax included.

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                        piccola Jun 21, 2009 06:05 PM

                        My usual haunts: College Falafel (College/Ossington), Ka Chi (Bloor/Palmerston), Camros (Yonge/Hayden), Rikishi (Bloor/Shaw)

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                        1. re: piccola
                          pancake Jun 21, 2009 07:46 PM

                          There are many contenders in china town. You can easily get a meal at Kings Noodle for under 10. Vietnamese places have great prices. My favourite menu item is a bahn mi sandwich, but there are many offerings at the hot counter (the place I frequent has a green sign, just north of dundas on the west side of spadina).

                          Burrito's as previously mentioned (halibut from burrito boyz is a good choice).

                        2. TOchowgal Jun 22, 2009 12:02 PM

                          I love the Lucille pizza at Amato's Yonge & College location. Its a nice sized slice and with pop, its always less than $10.

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