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Cheap, quick, good eats

justpete Aug 31, 2011 10:09 AM

Sadly, I only have a few places that I go to right now (roughly) when I want something half decent and I'm hungry. They are:

Porchetta and Co.
Burger Priest
Burrito Boyz

I also go to Empire Schwarma once in a while, but it's rather far (I live on Queens Quay), and I don't find it all that good.

I'm curious, what are others' go to spots for a good meal? What am I missing? Can be any cuisine.

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

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  1. iMarilyn RE: justpete Aug 31, 2011 10:11 AM

    Alexandros on QQ?

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      justpete RE: iMarilyn Aug 31, 2011 10:13 AM

      I only go there when really desperate.. I had it last night... which is what prompted this thread.

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      JennaBean RE: justpete Aug 31, 2011 10:18 AM

      I like "the One that Got Away" on King. Cheap and cheerful fish and chips.

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        1sweetpea RE: JennaBean Aug 31, 2011 02:16 PM

        What about Kenzo? It's not mind blowing, but it's a filling and tasty bowl of soup and noodles. Any Korean place that offers a bowl meal with a pile of side dishes is a great deal. There are some Hong Kong style BBQ places that can offer a plate with a couple of their BBQ items, plus rice and green vegetable. With a drink, you can get away for less than $10. I love pho and Viet specialties. Most dishes come in under $10. I think you can do well at Messini on the Danforth or Folia Grill for gyros or souvlaki, salad and pita. Any Afghani or Pakistani joint frequented by cabbies is a guaranteed cheap, filling and fast meal. I haven't had any of RaviSoups items yet, but they come highly recommended by a friend of mine.

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        Messini
        445 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

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

        Folia Grill
        1031 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3V9, CA

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          JennaBean RE: 1sweetpea Aug 31, 2011 02:23 PM

          I like Kenzo as well and now that you mention Folio I may have to go tonight.

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

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            1sweetpea RE: JennaBean Aug 31, 2011 02:42 PM

            I have to add that the containers at the Scadding Court community centre (Bathurst and Dundas) have some interesting options to fill you up. The Monforte Dairy makes yummy grilled cheese sandwiches with a couple of different cheeses that change frequently. They also have lovely ice cream. The Magic Oven owner is there selling chickpea sandwiches and samosas. There are other treats there as well, though I haven't been since a few more vendors opened up shop. If that doesn't do it for you, head toward Spadina on Dundas for Banh Mi. Carpano on College is an excellent spot for panini at lunch or something more substantial at dinner. It's not cheap, per se, but great value for the money, especially with affordable wines by the glass.

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              num nums RE: 1sweetpea Aug 31, 2011 08:26 PM

              One of the newest Scadding Court vendors is a Korean place. I already had a sloppy bunjo from the Magic Oven guy so only got a few snack items. Ordered the squid "balls" (more like patties) and a bbq pork belly skewer. Both were great especially the pork. And cheap! I think $2 for each order. Have to go back and try one of their meal sized items.

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              justpete RE: JennaBean Aug 31, 2011 08:08 PM

              I'll have to try Kenzo and Folio. Will report back!

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

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            justpete RE: JennaBean Aug 31, 2011 02:43 PM

            I'm kind of fish-and-chipped out at the moment. There was a time when I was going to chippys on a regular basis, and then it started to go down hill - and now when I think about fish and chips i think of the last time I went to chippy's (bad).

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              bluefirefly RE: justpete Aug 31, 2011 03:36 PM

              They don't just have fish and chips - they have some healthier options such as grilled fish in wraps... I've eaten them a couple of times and found them really tasty. Just need to be careful about the juice - the wraps tend to leak a little. Otherwise, a relatively quick meal. (And their fish and chips aren't bad either. When you're not tired of fish and chips, I'd recommend giving them a go!)

          3. Manybears RE: justpete Sep 1, 2011 08:09 AM

            Island Foods is a go-to for me. I also still like One of a Kind for cheap take-out pasta. It can be 20 minutes for the wait sometimes though, so better to call in advance if you can.

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              JennaBean RE: Manybears Sep 1, 2011 11:13 AM

              I haven't been to one of a kind in years but you're totally right! Great cheap pasta in a pinch. Do order ahead! :-)

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                hungryabbey RE: Manybears Sep 1, 2011 05:44 PM

                also love One of a kind.. very cheap, but good homey food. I love their meat sauce.

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