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Jul 11, 2010 10:44 PM

Visiting Toronto on a student budget.

Hi ontariohounds, I'll be visiting the magnificient city of Toronto and I'm Asking for Advice again.

I'll still be staying in East Chinatown near Gerard street, but this time, I won't have access to a car, so I won't be able to travel to Markham to get some delicious Chinese food.

While I have a limited budget(350$ for 5 days?), Downtown isn't that far, and I seriously want to try at least one meal that will represent what Toronto is really about.

Also, Really good cheap eats will be lovely. I have no preference at all, but I rather not eat in a bistro, except if its representative of Toronto,because they aren't that cheap outside of Quebec), or in a deli.

Thanks for your answers in advance!

PS: BTW, how the public transportation in toronto?

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  1. Hanoi 3 Seasons on Gerrard is likely close to where you're staying and pretty good.

    Not sure where you're coming from and what you have available in your area but you might want to try various types of West Indian food. Generally cheap and filling. Let's say Jamaican patties from Randy's (others may say Patty King in Kensington but don't listen to them:) ) or a few other places. Maybe give rotis or doubles a try as well (Island Foods, Ali, Bacchus if you want to stay downtown-ish).


    Hanoi 3 Seasons
    588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

    1. kaka lucky which is probably right across the street from where you are staying in East Chinatown. On Broadview just south of Gerrard. Very good chinese bbq at great prices. Stick to the bbq though, their kitchen is not the greatest for noodles and rice dishes. However, dinner there is not bad. Also take yourself down to the St. Lawrence market.

      1. Rose Cafe is on Broadview, south of Gerrard on the west side. You can get a decent banh mi there for a cheap lunch.

        You can take the 504 King Streetcar on Broadview going south and get off at King and Jarvis and walk south a bit to St. Lawrence Market and sample the treats in the market (Saturdays are best for this if you go early).

        You can also take the 505 Dundas Streetcar from Broadview and take it to Spadina and Dundas and walk to Kensington Market. Others will be able to provide more detail about what you should try there these days as I haven't been in awhile and I'm sure there's new and interesting things to try.

        You can have a pretty reasonable and delicious lunch/brunch at Lady Marmalade on Queen East at Logan. Cash only. You can take the 504 Streetcar to Queen (and Broadview) and then take the 501 Queen Streetcar east to Logan (or walk if you feel inclined). If you go during the week, it won't be as busy at lunch.

        They have a really nice farmers market at Riverdale Farm on Tuesdays from 3pm to 7 pm.

        Not cheap for a coffee, but reasonable on a budget, if you like good coffee, check out the Rooster Coffee House on Broadview, south of Gerrard, across from Riverdale East Park. Lovely place to sit and watch the sites. Good lemonade and raspberry iced tea also ($3, not cheap though).

        You can eat a lot for a little at Siddartha on Gerrard East.

        ps. The streetcars are great when they do not breakdown and they do not short turn. Make sure you ask the driver when you get on that they are not short turning. It's not always obvious (although the drivers seem to think it is).

        St. Lawrence Market
        92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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        1. re: pescatarian

          You could also enjoy a great lunch at Negroni on College, west of Bathurst for under $15. They do really simple italian sandwiches really well and they all come with a side salad.

          1. re: pescatarian

            The Rooster coffeehouse is north of Gerrard, between Withrow and Riverdale Aves.

            Riverdale Cafe Restaurant
            304 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON M4L2R8, CA

          2. $10-20:
            Folia Grill
            Utopia (southwestern burger)

            Phil's original BBQ
            Terroni (pizza)

            Simple bistro ($35 prix fixe)
            Frida's (skip dessert)

            These prices include tax, tip and a beer/wine where it makes sense to have one. You should be able to do all of these within $350. I'm not saying this is the best representation of Toronto and I know a bistro was included in the list, but if you did these places you would eat well and get a sense of the range available in Toronto.

            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

            274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

            1. Try some Ethiopian! I haven't been to Dukem on the Danforth, but I hear it's great and it's not that far from you.

              950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA

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              1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                Dukem is great. Good suggestion. It's near the Danforth and Donlands.

                950 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9, CA