Cheap eats in Toronto
I'm heading to Toronto from Detroit for a few days with a friend, and we will be in search of cheap grub. We would prefer regional specialties, or other things not seen in Detroit or Chicago. Portuguese chicken in already on our list. any suggestions?
And another request: any suggestions on a Nepali restaurant?
For Portuguese chicken, you might head to the Junction. We like Piri Piri at Dupont and Dovercourt (TTC accessible by a not-so-scenic bus route, but traveling by bus is always great when you're visiting somewhere because you get a better sense of the area), but we have heard that Dupont Barbecue Chicken (Dupont and Dundas) is better. Both are solid cheap eats.
Another cheap & regional is C'est What, a beer pub on Front at Church. Great selection of Canadian microbrews, decent "Canadian" pub grub. It's a nice spot this time of year because of the warm, comfy interior, and a good chance to sample local beers. Have read about some less than satisfactory service experiences here, but always enjoy chatting with the staff about their recommendations. Don't expect an extremely memorable meal, but the experience is a great one.
College Street is a good bet for affordable options. Sidecar runs a $24 prix fixe (Sun-Wed, and as an early bird deal Thurs-Sat) but cocktails will set you back a bit more. Their sister restaurant Negroni is a popular new(ish) panini spot. Kalendar is a nice spot for any meal, all affordable. Pomegranate is an Iranian spot in the same area. All are nice places, somewhat "unique" in Toronto, and affordable to boot.
Others will probably have better advice for local Cantonese specialties. I'm only familiar with Kom Jug Yuen, which self-promotes the best BBQ pork in Toronto.
If you have any more pointers about where you're staying and what you consider a good cheap eat price range, that'll help bring on some more suggestions!
Ok guys first off, I would say hit Gandhi cuisine (554 Queen Street East (416) 504-8155) it's an Indian roti spot but they have some Nepali chefs, It's a Toronto Staple, right downtown. Now I know you guys won't need greek, hot dogs or Lebanese of you're coming from the D, we have lots of that but lets get a little more creative like, St. Lawrence Market, there's so much to try here, hook up some Canadian bacon, (92 Front Street East (416) 392-7120) I would hit Kensington Market as well, hit the taco spot Perola's (247 Augusta Ave. (at Nassau St.) 416-593-9728) Check more spots on my blog here, good luck! www.torontoslop.com