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Giulia_F Apr 12, 2010 01:00 PM

Am looking for a cheap and cheerful dinner spot, somewhere located near OCAD. Thanks!

  1. jlunar Apr 12, 2010 02:07 PM

    My automatic response is Manpuku in the Grange (across the st from OCAD). Cheap and filling. Not everyone's favourite, though I eat there regularly. Udon and rice dishes here.

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    Manpuku
    105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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      piccola Apr 12, 2010 04:42 PM

      Seconded.

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        Gary Apr 17, 2010 04:15 PM

        I also recommend Manpuku for udon, and their rice dishes. I like the curry flavoured variations best. The people who run the place are really nice.

        For ramen noodles, Kenzo is quite close on Dundas around Elizabeth.

        Avoid the Village Idiot pub, I have repeatedly had terrible service there and nothing else about the place, including the food, makes up for it.

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        Kenzo
        138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

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        currycue Apr 12, 2010 02:21 PM

        Personally, I'd walk over to Spadina and hit Swatow for some Lemon chicken, BBQ Pork, Shrimp in Lobster sauce, or just some hot and sour soup.

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        Swatow
        309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

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          Herb Apr 12, 2010 04:48 PM

          Baldwin Street is two blocks north running west off McCaul. Lots of stuff of varying quality.

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          ziggystardust Apr 12, 2010 07:07 PM

          I like the Greek place in the Village by the Grange food court. I don't know if it's the best Greek to be found in the city, but for $7 (including tax) you can get a nice chicken souvlaki dinner with rice, potatoes and salad. The lady who runs it is a sweetheart, very mom like, if you know what I mean. I think it's eponymously named "Mary's Souvlaki"

          1. shelleypascual Apr 16, 2010 08:18 PM

            Also in the Grange, there exists an under-rated gem. Pita Village. One of the tastiest falafels in TO! I usually just order the hummus pita, and they always fill it to the brim with all the fixins. Love the crunchy radishes in there. Cheap, I would say so. Cheerful, sure. Dinner — not so sure. Not sure what time they close, as they usually cater to the OCAD crowd. As an OCAD grad, these pitas filled my tummy on days when the student budget got madd tight.

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              ziggystardust Apr 16, 2010 08:23 PM

              I have to disagree here. The food at Pita Village is good, but the prices aren't so good. Around $9 for a plate before taxes.

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                shelleypascual Apr 16, 2010 08:40 PM

                True. Though I've never got a plate there before. I'd only order the pitas alone, with no drink. And one pita alone would come out to less than $6 taxes included. I don't know if the prices have raised in the past couple of months though.

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                  Flexitarian Apr 16, 2010 09:23 PM

                  Um, $9 a plate before taxes is not good in this day and age? You get what you pay for in terms of quality and food. And, remember, in terms of health the only two things you really control are exercise and what you eat.

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                    ziggystardust Apr 17, 2010 08:53 AM

                    I'm not sure what point you're trying to make about self control or if it's even relevant here, but in the context of that particular food court, which largely caters to students, the OP's request for cheap places, or the relative cost of other Middle Eastern places, it's expensive.

              2. mrbozo Apr 17, 2010 03:56 PM

                Family Dumpling House on Huron near Dundas.

                Kim Moon Bakery on Dundas just east of Huron..

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                Family Dumpling House
                79 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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