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Sep 9, 2009 06:17 AM

$20 apps & dinner deals

I am on a very strict budget and so are my friends. Looking for a place where we can have 1 app & 1 entree for $20. I know some of the chains are now having a deal where you get 1 app, 1 entree and a dessert to share for $20.

Where do you go to get a good meal for $20?

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  1. It's just a titch above your budget, but I'd say that the $24 prix fixe at Sidecar is probably worth the extra 4 bucks.

    It runs Sun to Wed, and includes app, main and dessert. I haven't been myself, but I've heard nothing but good things about it.

    577 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

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    1. re: gregclow

      Just had the prix fixe on monday at sidecar. Well worth the $24.00 - what a value!

      Enjoyed the sidecar salad to start ( a chopped salad that was very tasty) my SO had the ceaser salad - also great.

      We both had the steak and frites for our main - Delish! Perfectly cooked. It's an 8oz filet style and wow it was tasty.

      A chocolate ganache style cake for dessert - a little too sweet for my taste but good.

      Cons: Our server was new and struggled a little over service - didn't get bread til after salads, waited a long time for a glass of wine - water never refilled - but he was very nice and trying hard. Also, steak although very good had been sitting before it was served and had cooled down quite a touch which was unfourtunate.

      Total for two with three glasses of $11 wine $92 after tax. Overall was impressed - would love to go back for cocktails one day :) - and would hit the prix fixe any time.

    2. If you don't mind schlepping up to Danforth near Vic Park, Bistro Camino is cheap and excellent. Nightly specials include soup (and the chef is French-trained so his soups are often spectacular) or salad, and will range anywhere from $14 to $22. I think I had a duck confit special there for $16 and I was stuffed afterwards.

      1. That special your thinking about is in the US. One of those chain restaurants like Chilis, or Fridays.

        1. Do you mean $20 before or after tip?

          As others have mentioned, Sidecar's prix fixe is a great deal for $25. Joy Bistro and Tati Bistro also offer $25 prix fixe menus Sunday through Wednesday.

          Closer to your budget is 5th Elementt's $21.99 Bail-Out Menu.

          If you share dessert, you could probably eat well at the Butler's Pantry for about $20/person. I've had some very satisfying meals there.

          Some other Toronto restaurant specials:

          Il Gusto Ristorante
          $15 Recession Buster includes appetizer, entree and dessert.

          Southern Accent
          Sunday Night $19.95 Prix Fixe

          Some restaurant deals and coupons:

          Other Toronto restaurant coupons & special offers:

          Free $25 gift certificates at various Toronto restaurants:

          1. Le Petit Dejeuner, on King St. east of Jarvis usually has a dinner pre-fixe option for around $20. I believe it includes an appetizer, a main, and a dessert. You will need to pay for drinks and tip on top of that, of course, so you'll be more realistically looking at a total around $30 per head, more if you order one of their delicious yet pricey imported Belgian beers or one of their fancier coffee drinks.

            Very decent food, friendly service, cozy place; certainly better than any chain I can think of!


            Le Petit Dejeuner
            191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA