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Jul 30, 2010 01:31 PM

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