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Inexpensive don't miss

Aliigator Jul 13, 2009 11:23 AM

Will be in Toronto for a few days. What are some inexpensive 'don't miss' suggestions. Especially asian. Others welcome.

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    LemonLauren RE: Aliigator Jul 13, 2009 11:46 AM

    Utopia on College west of Bathurst
    Mezzetta on St Clair west of Bathurst

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      shpeizmaven RE: LemonLauren Aug 28, 2009 01:42 PM

      Just had dinner at Mezzetta last Sunday. Found it very disappointing. You can do much better elsewhere for inexpensive Mideastern food.

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        evansl RE: shpeizmaven Aug 30, 2009 12:59 PM

        Agree. It C- at best.

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          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: shpeizmaven Aug 24, 2010 03:55 AM

          Shpeizmaven , where?

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            bytepusher RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 24, 2010 10:03 AM

            Old thread, this guy hasn't posted since March, wouldn't necessarily expect an answer.

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          babybluepowder RE: LemonLauren Aug 23, 2010 08:29 PM

          Just had dinner at Utopia and was disappointed. It seemed like it took a while to get our food. We ordered a Utopia burger, regular poutine and a grilled salmon burrito. The poutine was good..a little salty. My grilled salmon burrito tasted bland. The rice that is came with was horrible. It tasted really dry and there were these hard pieces in the rice..either it was undercooked rice or dried out. The sesame slaw did not taste good either. I just thought the overall mix of the meal did not go together. I would not order that again. My friend did not enjoy the burger either, even though it came with tons of toppings, he felt like there was just too much cheese in it. We sat in the back room when it was full and it was so noisy. People had to yell inorder to talk to each other. The front of the restaurant, although full as well was so different. It wasn't loud at out...almost lounge like. I wish we sat there instead. Not sure if I will go back to eat here.

        3. aser RE: Aliigator Jul 13, 2009 11:56 AM

          Sukhothai is to me the best bang for buck in the city.


          274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          1. frenchcustard RE: Aliigator Jul 13, 2009 12:12 PM

            Golden Turtle on Ossington for some beautiful pho

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              domesticgodess RE: frenchcustard Jul 13, 2009 03:38 PM

              I agree on all the above suggstions.
              Here is my two cents...New York Subway (for roti's not subways..its a strange name for a restaurant that doesnt serve subways). They are located on queen street west.
              Plus..cant go wrong with Mother Dumplings on Hurontario for dumplings (this restaurant was named accordingly).

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                shpeizmaven RE: domesticgodess Aug 28, 2009 01:43 PM

                Really like New Your Subway. Tried a bunch of theri roti-like concoctions and all have been really good.

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                  Dimbulb RE: domesticgodess Aug 29, 2009 04:01 AM

                  Mother's is on downtown on Huron. Hurontario is halfway to Hamilton.

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                currycue RE: Aliigator Jul 14, 2009 08:54 AM

                www.theprague.ca You won't leave here hungry!

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                  Hondapendragon RE: Aliigator Jul 14, 2009 09:04 AM

                  My top three recs:

                  1) Swatow (on Spadina, North of Dundas) for Shrimp in Lobster Sauce.
                  2) Kings Noodle (Northwest corner of Spadina and Dundas) for BBQ chicken and noodle soup.
                  3) Churrasqueira Costa Verde (Rogers and Oakwood) for Grilled Chicken

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                    rapago RE: Hondapendragon Aug 24, 2010 09:44 AM

                    I agree with your King's Noodle suggestion. This is a perennial favourite for my family. The noodle soup, in all its various forms, is great.

                  2. Rabbit RE: Aliigator Jul 14, 2009 09:16 AM

                    Manpuku for Japanese, Pho Hung is pretty good for pho/viet (although I haven't been to Golden Turtle, which does get raves), Jumbo Empanadas in Kensington, Caplansky's (if you're into deli).

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                      erly RE: Rabbit Aug 28, 2009 02:01 PM

                      With the weather cooling down I would recommend Cafe Polonez or Chopin on Roncesvalles.
                      Great Potato Pancakes, Perogi, soups, and Polish style meats etc.
                      Prefer Polonez for the starches, and Chopin for the meats.
                      Both are good, reasonable.
                      Very large portions, as well.

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                      ttran88 RE: Aliigator Aug 30, 2009 08:14 PM

                      fish sandwich at the Fish Shop on College.

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                        babybluepowder RE: ttran88 Aug 23, 2010 08:11 PM

                        I agree with a lot of the suggestions mentioned: Depends what you want to eat...but here are some places I can think of for now....

                        Manpuku : Japanese pork noodle soup, broth is so yummy and the noodles are so springy
                        Fish shop - Any fish sandwich
                        Chopin - Hungarian potato pancake, beet borsht soup
                        Sukothai - Best pad thai (sukothai), nice thick tom yum goong soup on Parliment
                        Ka Chi - Pork Bone Soup (Korean) with rice
                        Home of hot Taste - Regular Wings = salt and pepper wings
                        Nova Vera/ Caldense - Portuguese Custards tarts, or pressed ham and cheese sandwich
                        Square Boy - Chicken Souvlaki, fries with gravy

                        Square Boy
                        875 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L8, CA

                        105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

                        Ka Chi
                        612 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

                      2. elvisahmed RE: Aliigator Aug 23, 2010 09:41 PM

                        Pizza Pide for good Turkish pizza.
                        Sushi Bong
                        Or if you like sashimi buy some tuna from Toro and have them cut it for you sashimi style.

                        Pizza Pide
                        949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                          Sadistick RE: elvisahmed Aug 24, 2010 11:39 AM

                          Do NOT go to Sushi Bong.

                          Easily one of the worst "sushi" experiences I have had in Toronto.

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                            elvisahmed RE: Sadistick Aug 24, 2010 02:28 PM

                            Really? I don't know we always had good sushi there Value wise. Maybe it had to do with the us being there with a Korean Gal who always called him uncle :)

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                          plasticanimal RE: Aliigator Aug 24, 2010 07:23 PM

                          New York Subway!

                          New York Subway
                          520 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                            lamaranthe RE: Aliigator Aug 25, 2010 08:51 AM

                            Where will you be staying?

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                              canadianbeaver RE: lamaranthe Aug 25, 2010 09:05 AM

                              The thread is over a year old.

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