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Looking for the holy grail - cheap healthy and very delicious restaurant for a casual weeknight dinner

Now I love fatty foods as much as the next guy, but every now and again when i don't feel like cooking I want to go out for a good dinner that won't break my wallet or my body.
What do you guys recommend as "go to" casual place?
I live in little Italy, but am willing to travel somewhere close by.

I used to live up north and loved me va me for their grilled fish and grilled chicken dinners, but i haven't found anything like that in my neck of the woods. I am open to any kind of cuisine.


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  1. If you like Me va me, Sofra Grill opened a new location at St. Clair and Dufferin. Chicken kebab, salad, lentil soup and hummous are fantastic.

    Sofra Grill
    8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

    1. Have you tried Sidecar on College? The back patio is lovely, and the serve a great prix fixe from Sunday to Wednesday. The food is good and the service is attentive. It's definitely a go-to spot for us.

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

      1. Ghazale on College. Takeout only.

        Ghazele On College
        661 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

        1. Another super healthy and cheap midweek dinner is the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market. For example, a few weeks ago I fed my family of 4 for less than $15. We dined on:

          grain and veggie salad
          two types(potato/onion and spinach/tomato) of whole grain foccacia
          whole wheat cinnamon buns
          oatmeal cookies

          The food is slightly underseasoned for my taste but makes up for it by being as healthy and cheap and local as you can get. If the market is not your scene, just show up with some empty containers, load up on soup and foccacia and dine at home, or elsewhere in the park.

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          1. re: jnine

            Second the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market. Their food is underpriced for the quality of ingredients. There is always a hearty soup or stew that goes for something like $3 for a big bowl. It definately is underseasoned but a bit of salt and you are good to go.

            Dufferin Cafe
            2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

          2. Have you tried L'Unita on Ave? I found it surprisingly inexpensive and very delicious.

            134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

            1. The Boulevard Cafe @ 161 Harbord St. fits the bill entirely.
              It's a peruvian place and has good seafood, healthier options (e.g. ceviche), and is casual. The patio is great these days
              ahh...now all i want is the salad, the ceviche + a glass of red.

              147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

              1. A little far but Mashu Mashu in Forest Hill village is our go to for healthy skewers of meat, lentil soup and great salads.

                Also nearby at Christie and St. Clair is Mezzetta - that place definitely won't breat the bank. Middle eastern small dishes - many are fantastic. And they have specials (i.e., Toonie Tuesdays) which means you could order 10 dishes for $20.

                Mashu Mashu
                387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

                681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

                1. definitely jean's vegetarian on the danforth at greenwood ... nothing over$15 and so tasty i dont even notice that its vegatarian (i'm a heavy carnivore)

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                  1. re: slants

                    Try the Fish Store on College by Grace. I love their fish sandwiches and it's cheap too.
                    I've had Jean's vegetarian as well. I'm not vegetarian but they have some of the best tasting Thai food.

                    Korean Town should be close to you too, lots of choices for under $10.

                    The Fish Store
                    657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

                    1. re: babybluepowder

                      Oh my gosh, the Fish Store is INCREDIBLE!!!! Must go have a fish sandwich immediately.

                      The Fish Store
                      657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

                      1. re: Sarah Cat

                        Another suggestion is Square Boy - their chicken souvlaki is very good and cheap too. I usually get the Chicken Souvlaki on a bun special with fries for around $6. You gotta get the gravy....so good. I like it cuz it has a chacoal taste and doesn't taste dry. Bonus...there's parking!

                        Square Boy
                        875 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L8, CA