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Inexpensive Ethnic near Toronto Union Station?

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We'll be arriving from the States into Toronto by train, which is often late and even if on time gets in around 7:30PM. We are staying right near the train station and likely will be too tired to go very far. Any recommendations for an inexpensive ethnic restaurant in this area with good food? Also, include location if possible. We like Indian, Nepali, Afghan, schwarma, Portuguese rotisserie chicken, Caribbean jerk chicken, Chilean chacarero, other Latin, Singapore etc noodles, Thai, Chinese claypot, German, Spanish, even pub grub--any of these things, as long as they are good. We are less fond of Vietnamese pho, Korean, but would eat it. We do not want pizza or burgers or hot dogs or boring sandwiches. We also do not want Japanese or fish. Thank you so very much for your help!

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  1. Are you willing to walk for 10 to 15 minutes? And what do you mean by inexpensive? $10 per person? $20? $30?

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    1. re: Herb

      How far we walk depends on how late the train gets in, but if it's reasonably on time, we'd certainly walk 10-15 minutes (unless it's pouring). By inexpensive, I' mean $20 tops per person for everything (i.e., not just for entrees). Little India sounds good but would like some other options too if anyone can think of them. Thanks!

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      Little India
      255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

      1. re: Wanda

        Let me start by saying that Toronto does not do a great job with Thai food.

        Having said that, I do still enjoy Golden Thai at the corner of Church and Richmond, an easy walk from Union Station. It has a really nice atmosphere and good food, as long as you aren't hyper about "authentic". You can easily get out of there for under $20 a person there, especially if you order family style.

        For the most authentic Thai in Toronto, you would need to go to Sukhothai, around Parliament and Dundas, which is not really walking distance (though an easy cab ride). Bare bones decor, but wonderful food and a lovely couple that runs it.

        And the reason you're not getting more suggestions is that the area around Union Station is mostly the financial district and the entertainment district -- neither of which have any concentration of ethnic foods.

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        Golden Thai
        105 Church St, Toronto, ON M5C2G3, CA

        Sukhothai
        274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Well you could get away for $20 pp at Golden, but I find their portions small, you may not feel full (we didn't).

        2. re: Wanda

          Little India's $10.95 ayce buffet is lunch only (as is Trimurti). Dinner entrees at both start around $10. India Palace next door has a similar ayce buffet at dinner. Across the street is a really inexpensive Thai-Vietnamese place called Ginger. Self-serve, no booze. $7 entrees. And there's a diy ayce Korean bbg spot there, too. $8.95 iirc after 10 till late.

          Or you could get a burrito at Burrito Boyz and poutine from upstairs at Smoke's on Adelaide W near University. And indigestion!

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          Little India
          255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

          Burrito Boyz
          218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

          India Palace
          257 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

          1. re: Herb

            Scratch India Palace. Lunch buffet only.

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            India Palace
            257 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

      2. There's some great Indian at Little India on Queen St. West, between Duncan St. and Simcoe St. This is just a small neighbourhood spot, nothing fancy, but the food is consistently good. It's always busy, the service is friendly, and the walk won't be too far -- a few short blocks northwest from Union Station, probably 10 minutes at most. Few things on the menu go over $12. They're open til 10:30pm. http://littleindia.ca/menu.html

        (Note there is also a separate district in Toronto called Little India; this is just a restaurant by that name and it's not located there.

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        Little India
        255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

        1. What do you find inexpensive?
          The closest one that comes to mind is Milagro for Mexican - King & John...maybe about 10-15 minutes by foot, ~$20 per main. So not cheap, but not crazy $
          I've had good lunch experiences @ Little India

          Hope you have a good time here!

          Erin
          http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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          Little India
          255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

          1. "Even pub food" - there is Irish Embassy on Yonge and Wellington - but not sure how good their dinner dishes are.

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            Irish Embassy
            49 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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            1. Wanted to thank you all for your recommendations. We went to Little India on Queen & thought it excellent; we had begun bharta (an eggplant dish) and a new-to-us Sri Lankan roti-with-egg dish, very tasty. We loved all the other food we had in Toronto too, mainly central Asian, including momu & another Nepali dish at Mount Everest on Bloor St W and dhosa & chaats at Udupi Palace in Little India neighborhood. Another highlight was peameal bacon & egg at Carousel Bakery in the St Lawrence Market. We were disppointed the gelato place on Wellington had closed but we did have ice cream at Summer's in Yorkville, quite good, a tad pricey. We wished we had more time & room to eat more & do plan to come back!!!

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              Little India
              255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

              Udupi Palace
              1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA