Best Low Cost Bets on Spadina
Hello fellow Chowhounders. I've got a foodie friend coming up from NY who is staying downtown. I wanted to give him a taste of several quick, reasonably priced but good places as opposed to fancy places where we would need to linger (Chinese - SE Asian and/or Cantonese, Vietnamese). Any suggestions at all? The options I have so far are Pho Hung, King Noodle House and dare I say: Swatow. Choices outside of Spadina are also welcome, but we'd be in the downtown core.
Thanks for your input!
For northern Chinese there's Traditional Chinese Buns on Dundas just west of Spadina (across from Pho Pasteur). In addition to steamed buns and dumplings, they have some more unusual items. For example, hey have what is like a pulled pork sandwich - shredded braised pork served in between a toasted bread that is almost like an english muffin.
For outside Spadina, I think a trip to Caplansky's is in order. Sure, NYC has Katz's, Carnegie and the 2nd Ave Deli, but Caplansky's product is unique to T.O.
Pho Pasteur for their small pho special at $6.99. Yes the small costs more than their competitors but it is equivalent to a medium sizewise. Their broth makes the rest of the strip taste extremely bland.
Perola's taco stand, at the back of the store, in Kensington on Augusta, just a stones throw away from Spadina. Only open on Sat/Sun, great tacos, great consomme, great salsas, just great.
247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA
525 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1H4, CA