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Jul 2, 2009 03:02 PM

New to Toronto fare, student budget recs.

I have a friend coming from the hub of excellent food: the Basque country.
I love Toronto, and want to indulge with more than just decent eats, but also good - not necessarily fancy - atmospheres.
We are students though, with very student budgets! No more than $25 for dinner each please.

We're hitting the obvious areas of Queen Street, Chinatown, Bloor and are willing to travel. Does anyone have recs for dinner, interesting snacks along the way, and some really sexy coffee shops or tea houses.

All cuisines welcome! To get things rolling, I've had good times and a happy wallet in places like KaChi, Polonez, Java House, Chinatown bakeries and numerous sushi joints.

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  1. I tend to recommend Manpuku in the Grange at Dundas and McCaul. I tend to get the curry beef noodle. yum.

    Ceili Cottage is new and not terribly expensive. Certainly $25pp will cover you... until you start drinking!

    Terroni can be cheap, but will likely top you $30 by the time you're done. I like their pasta's a lot.

    Any Pho place. We go to Golden Turtle a lot, but everyone has their favourites.

    And while I'm doing the mental walk on Ossignton, there's Pizzeria Libretto with awesome thin-crust pies.

    I enjoy going to Lahore Tikka House, as the atmosphere is so ghetto (think disposable plates and cutlery) but the food is really good. Their fresh naan is so tasty. Others will rec other Indian places. $50 for two people would get you quite a bit a food.

    --- -- food. is. love.

    Lahore Tika
    1365 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L1Z3, CA

    Golden Turtle
    125 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

    105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

    Pizzeria Libretto
    221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Ceili Cottage
    1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

    1. Just target the strong points of Toronto, and also what he can't find back home. I can't imagine there's good Chinese food in Basque country.

      King's Noodle, Xam Yu (seafood), Mother's Dumplings, these will all fit your budget in chinatown. Uptown your options are limitless.....

      Sukhothai is the best bang for buck in the city today, for me at least.

      Jerk along Eglinton W would be a good option too, there are several shops on the stretch near Oakwood. Randy's for patties, Rap's for jerk chicken......

      My pho favourites are Tien Thanh, Pho My Duyen, and Que Ling.

      1. I would also consider Ethiopean, as that's somewhat unique to Toronto. Hit up Nazareth on Bloor west of Ossington, I just had a fantastic meal there. You will leave completely stuffed for $25 including alcohol.