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Cheap eats around bay and bloor

Hi I work at bay and bloor and I am looking for non fast food restaurant with GOOD FOOD that is also cheap. Any suggestions?

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  1. Avocado is very good and very cheap. I also like Scaccia Italian in the Manulife Centre. You could go to Pho Hung. Whole Foods has some great options like pizza, sandwiches, sushi, etc. Flo's is nice and although a diner, not really fast-food.

    1. Okonomi House (St Charles & St Nicholas) Japanese "omelettes"
      Focaccia on Heyden - Italian sandwich shop
      Ginger (Yonge south of Bloor) - cheap and filling Vietnamese

      All under $10

      1. Ritz for Caribbean is my cheap best bet in that area. I think it's about a block north of Wellesley, on the west side. The food is served cafeteria style, but is all homemade. $3.99 for jerk chicken, rice and peas, and salad or slaw. Terrific hot sauce too! I can't wait for them to open up across from the Eaton Centre.

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        1. re: dlw88

          I second the RItz reco. Probably a 10 minute walk and well worth it!


          1. re: dlw88

            Sadly now closed. But Ritz at Yonge & College is open and very good

          2. Esther's Soup Kitchen on street level in Cumberland Terrace (closer to the Yonge side) has good soups and a nice chicken curry.
            I know there's been a few threads about this, try searching 'bay & bloor' and 'yorkville' on this board.

            Esther's Soup Kitchen
            2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W3E2, CA

              1. re: robgm

                The Cafeteria at The Bay for good soup coupled with some of their freshly baked mini loaves of bread, the rest of their offerings are pretty dull and not worth the effort to take the the time to go up to the Cafeteria. Stick with soup and bread..........

              2. 2 rec's:
                - at the upper level of the collanade is a little place called gourmet something. about $7 for a plate of real wholesome food. this is a hidden gem. they are on the same level as the chinese dynasty restaurant, right next to the japan foundation.
                - also ok is china garden on bloor opposite to the ROM. even cheaper, but lesser quality. $6 for a plate of rice with a large variety of topping choices. you get real food, not especially tasty though.

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                1. re: derekw

                  That's true -- that place on the 2nd floor of the Collonade (131 Bloor) is a hidden gem. Their pastas are delicious and the people who run the place are amazing.

                    1. re: Zengarden

                      Yes, they have lots of seating! But they don't serve you (order cafeteria style but on real plates).

                2. Hmmm. Camros Organic Eatery is really tasty and very close to Bay/Bloor! It's only open on weekdays and might only be open for lunch.

                  I'm not sure what your definition of cheap is, but I think it is very affordable given the quality of the ingredients.

                  Here's a link: http://www.camroseatery.com/

                  Try a search on these boards - I know it's gotten a lot of (positive) attention on CH.

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                  1. re: thora

                    Definitely Camros. It won't send you into a food coma, either.

                  2. The Coffee Mill is very good. (99 Yorkville Ave) Hungarian food. A little more money but still very affordable and real food.

                    1. "Salad House" on the ground floor of the Cumberland Terrace. It used to be in Roy Square before it got torn down for the condos. They sell inexpensive and very fresh build-your-own-salads, wraps (like tuna and falafel), and soups. Most menu items are $4-6.

                      1. Here are three of our top neighbourhood picks:

                        - Camros: I second this amazing vegetarian place. Healthy, fresh and light, yet filling. Unlike anything else in the area.

                        - Natural Sushi (714 Yonge, south of Charles): Japanese restaurant offers all-you-can-eat lunch for $11.99. Our weekly pig-out (he sheepishly admits).

                        - Arrabiatta (692 Yonge, south of Charles): friendly Italian restaurant with superb pasta. A steal at lunch: $10 or so for pasta and salad. (Or pasta and soup, although the menu doesn't mention it.) My favourite, invisible at lunch but which can still be ordered off the menu, is the _old_version_ of the Trentino pasta. (Fettucine with veal; last year, they replaced the cream/demi-glaze sauce with a tomato/Brandy sauce. They can still make you the former if you specifically ask for it.)

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                        1. re: Blaq

                          I'm sad to report that Arrabiatta is closed, its paper-covered windows announcing a new Pan-Asian place opening next month. Yeah, that's what Yonge/Bloor needs, more Pan-Asian. Arrabiatta, we'll miss you.