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$20 apps & dinner deals

TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 06:17 AM

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. gregclow RE: TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 07:05 AM

    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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      joellita RE: gregclow Sep 9, 2009 07:20 AM

      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.

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      childofthestorm RE: TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 08:35 AM

      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.

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        zeva RE: TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 09:29 AM

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

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          toveggiegirl RE: TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 10:20 AM

          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:

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            Gary RE: TOchowgal Sep 9, 2009 01:50 PM

            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

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