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Yummylicious Aug 3, 2009 06:35 PM

My friend's birthday is coming up and we're wondering for an affordable dinner place. Any suggestions? Think: Student budget :S

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    gerbera RE: Yummylicious Aug 3, 2009 06:40 PM

    Pintxo is in that area on Roy (closer to St. Denis though). It's pretty reasonable. Though one man's reasonable...

    1. afoodyear RE: Yummylicious Aug 3, 2009 07:11 PM

      It always helps to post an actual dollar figure since "reasonable" can vary considerably depending on who's reading.

      If you're just looking for food and drinks, Reservoir isn't super cheap, but you can grab a couple pints and get some good food at the same time.

      Pintxo, like gerbera suggested, is student budget friendly, as long as you don't grab a bottle of wine ($50+). Make a meal of pintxos ($4-$6 each) and bread (free!) or take advantage of the tasting menu for $30 per person.

      Hrmm... I'm drawing a blank.

      1. porker RE: Yummylicious Aug 3, 2009 08:31 PM

        La Cabane (across from Schwartz) is a usual watering hole for me, but their food seems interesting, always looks good, and is relatively cheap.
        Had a couple of post-downpour beers on Sunday. Their whiteboard specials included wapiti (elk) osso buco, grilled squid, and other interesting choices.

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          afoodyear RE: porker Aug 4, 2009 04:45 AM

          I noticed the elk osso bucco the other day walking by. They always have some game and other more interesting things on there, for sure.

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            moh RE: porker Aug 4, 2009 05:28 AM

            Cabane is a great place for cheap beers and very good reasonably priced food. The fries are yummy, the specials are interesting, they make a reasonable side salad and rice, and you leave there full and happy. I am fond of the steak and fettucine plate, not the world's best steak, but good for the price, and the fettucine is very satisfying. It is a great place to go after a game. It would be fine for a casual student budget birthday party for sure, and if you get a little rowdy, well, that's ok, it's a bar.... It would be much cheaper than Pintxo, which I don't think of as a student budget place. At least, when I was a student.... Maybe students are wealthier these days?

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              afoodyear RE: moh Aug 4, 2009 11:52 AM

              I guess, to celebrate, $30 for a 3 course meal is a lot cheaper than a lot of places, is all :) It's hardly on par with the price of sharwarma or anything.

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                moh RE: afoodyear Aug 4, 2009 01:44 PM

                Afoodyear, I agree that $30 for a meal at Pintxo is a bargain! But by the time you throw in tax and tip and a bunch of drinks (remember, we are talking students here - volume is important!), you will be pushing $50-60 plus. That's a lot of dough for a student. Well, maybe I was a poorer student than most. And even if poor student moh would be willing to pay the price, i am certain some of poor student moh's poorer student friends would have balked at that price.

                You could eat like a pig and get pretty wasted for about $30-40 at Cabane (depending on your tolerance)! I recall many raucous student nights at Cabane. There are probably some nights I don't recall too well :)

                So I guess we need to know what kind of student budget the OP is referring to.

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                  afoodyear RE: moh Aug 5, 2009 09:19 AM

                  Right-o. In any case, "You could eat like a pig and get pretty wasted for about $30-40 at Cabane" should please anyone :)

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            maj54us RE: Yummylicious Aug 4, 2009 12:19 AM

            I'm wondering also. The prince arthur street in my book is a tourist trap area for restauarnt. Anything worth discovering there. I haven't had a meal on that street in at least 10 years,

            Yummy, How many peole your talking and as asked what is your budget.

            I discovered a knew place called Brocadillo, Venesuela cuisine. I'm not sure about drinking there though. I had their gaz grilled burger and empenada and I was really impressed with their food. Compared to other south american food that I find bland. Their twist had taste and spice in it.

            Ot's a tiny place but you can fit 7-8 people , and ohh yeah I think they have a terasse in back. The old bamboo place where they had ice cream.

            If not go to a BYOB place further north on duluth, it's all at a walking distance when sober.


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              afoodyear RE: maj54us Aug 4, 2009 04:48 AM

              Les Deux Gamins is a little French bistro type place that opened up last year that's pretty good, and for my money Pizza Exquise makes some pretty great 99 cent pizza (though I don't know if you'd want to go out of your way for 99 cent pizza.) Mazurka is well liked, cheap and hearty. On the "other" side of Prince Arthur, Marche 27's tartar bar is worth checking out if you're in the area.

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                BernalKC RE: afoodyear Aug 4, 2009 11:31 AM

                I'll 2nd the Deux Gamins suggestion -- though I'm not so sure it fits a student budget. I'd call it affordable but not cheap. My DD and I happened to find it on a balmy October evening last year and had a really memorable meal.

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                  afoodyear RE: BernalKC Aug 4, 2009 11:53 AM

                  No, it doesn't really fit a student budget - I was just replying to what's decent on prince arthur now. They did have a 5@7 with two glasses of wine and some great fries for $10 a while back, but I'm not sure if they're offering anything similar now.

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                    BernalKC RE: afoodyear Aug 4, 2009 02:17 PM

                    Looks like they have still have a special menu on their terrace 4-7 with some reasonably prices plates.

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                porker RE: maj54us Aug 4, 2009 04:51 AM

                One bright spot on Prince Arthur (which I forgot to post) is Mazourka. Relatively cheap (They have different special menus for different days of the week or time of day - never quite took the time to figure out) and honest, good Polish fare. Seating in or out. Not BYOB, however.

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                  moh RE: porker Aug 4, 2009 05:31 AM

                  HAHA Porker! We eat the same way. I also think Mazurka is the only place on that stretch of Prince Arthur that is worth going to. Good pierogies, good sausage, delicious cabbage rolls. cheap, filling, very fair prices.

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                Maximilien RE: Yummylicious Aug 4, 2009 03:47 AM

                not much around that area... you could walk up a little bit to "Prato" for pizza, or a bith further to places like "La Cabane" (I think it'S the name?), or a bit further to Mysore for indian food, or Laika, or Réservoir...

                1. kpzoo RE: Yummylicious Aug 4, 2009 05:45 AM

                  If you like thin-crust pizza, Prato has delicious coal-fired oven pies and has a private room in the back that's perfect for groups. It's very reasonable and the service is friendly.

                  3891 Boul. St-Laurent (corner Napoléon)

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                    mak2k RE: kpzoo Aug 4, 2009 01:50 PM

                    i was just about to suggest that restaurant! it's pretty good and the pizza are rather big and it can easily be shared amongst everybody (then you guys can share and try all the differnetn kind of pizza)

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