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You have $10 for a meal, where do you go in Toronto?

Nowadays it seems to be getting harder and harder to get a really tasty meal for under $10. I am curious to see where people go if they are trying to keep a meal under $10 in Toronto.

Some of my favorite places to get it started are:

Salad House - Huge salads w/ lots of toppings usually around $5 with 1 meat option. (Cumberland Terrace)
Belly Busters - Their turkey bacon sandwich at $6.95 is one of my go-to subs.
Quick Pita - Chicken Shwarma (though only eat late night as the garlic will scare anyone off that you come in contact with!)
Lin Garden - Chili Chicken on Rice Takeout

Anyone have any favorite meals for under $10? or even under $5 (if such a thing still exists!)?

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  1. California sandwiches.....$8.25 + a pop will run you around $10.00. Huge sandwich too.

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    1. re: Brain of J

      California also offers a mini-sandwich, around $4.50, if someone has a smaller appetite/budget.

      Chicken roti from Albert's

      Greek omelette at Detroit Eatery, Good Bite or Fry Basket

      an order of soup dumplings, or a taiwanese hamburger at Chinese Traditional Buns

      Goulash soup with rye bread from Coffee Mill to go.

      1. re: prima

        Mini sandwiches at California? Since when? I go to the Heartland location all the time and they definitely don't have this on the menu. Although they are now offering something called "Italian poutine" which they described vaguely as rice balls. I haven't tried it yet.

        I think the mini sandwich is a good idea though, since it would give someone the ability to try multiple items and not break the bank..

        1. re: duckdown

          I noticed the mini-sandwiches on the menu at the Dufferin location when I visited 3 weeks ago. The mini-sandwich isn't listed on the current online menu http://californiasandwiches.ca/duffer... , but it was listed on the menu on the wall the restaurant.

          I haven't visited any other locations, so I'm not sure other locations also offer the smaller size.

          California Sandwiches
          2700 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B4J3, CA

        2. re: prima

          Are you kidding me? Although I love California Sandwiches, they're too big for me. One sandwich usually lasts me at least 2 days, sometimes 3 days. Do all locations offer mini-sandwiches? This is literally music to my ears!

          1. re: Kellz

            Sorry prima. I should have read on. No need to reply to my post.

          2. re: prima

            Nutritional info for a mini veal sandwich at California Sandwiches:

            Serving size: 395 grams
            Calories: 743
            Fat: 23 grams
            Sodium: 2,529 milligrams
            Carbohydrates: 103 grams
            Protein: 32 grams


            1. re: prima

              HOLY S !

              and the Regular :
              Serving size: 550 grams
              Calories: 1,049
              Fat: 37 grams
              Sodium: 3,885 milligrams !!!!
              Carbohydrates: 131 grams
              Protein: 49 grams

              'splans a lot why I feel the way I do after eating one.

              Seriously though, I can't believe those sodium numbers. That's over 1.5 teaspoons salt in a regular ! Can't see how that is even possible.

              Apparently AVERAGE Canadian sodium intake is 3,400mg.


        3. jerk chicken @ rap's
          jerk pork lunch special @ mr jerk (peanut plaza)
          curry goat roti @ pam's
          pho @ tien thanh, pho dau bo, pho con bo, pho pasteur
          bo kho @ pho linh
          banh cuon @ que ling
          wonton & brisket mein @ swatow
          khao soi @ sukho thai
          anything @ sunrise
          sandwich @ sky blue sky
          sandwich @ easton's
          plate lunch @ akram's
          2 piece @ popeyes
          burger @ golden star
          fish noodles @ omega 3
          brisket curry @ lucky curry house
          take your pick @ gourmet garden

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          1. re: aser

            Nice collection aser, thx! How are the sandwiches at Sky Blue Sky? I've been meaning to try them out for a while!

            1. re: gastrojunkie

              I know the question was directed to aser, but, they are really good!

              They make their own bread, sandwiches made to order, plenty of options.

              All of the sandwiches are named after "Wilco" songs which is actually kind of fun for fans I am sure but as a customer, it gets a little confusing because you can't figure out what is in a sandwich just by looking at the name.

          2. chicken gyro pita from Folia Grill
            breakfast at just about any diner
            burger at Goody's - just tried this place for the first time this week, I will be back!
            wings at the Wally on wing night

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            1. re: cheesymama

              Ya Goody's is awesome! Huge portions, delicious food and super cheap too!

                1. re: Brain of J

                  Great! They are big and crispy and medium has a nice bite to it.
                  If you are in the area you must give them a try. Probably not worth driving across town for, but a great neighbourhood treat. And Dora (the waitress and manager) is an absolute sweetheart! They have a wing special on Thursdays and maybe Tuesdays as well, half price with a drink, and well worth it.

              1. Interesting no one mentioned ' Chinese roast / B-B-Q meat with rice' .??!! For around $7, one could get a large plate of B-B-Q duck and Crispy skin roast pork combo on rice, with drink and soup of the day, from almost all out-fit around the Dundas/Spadina area!!

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                1. re: Charles Yu

                  I hear you, it's cheap, but the bbq items downtown have been meh at best. Some extremely poor, especially Kom Jug Yuen, gross.

                  I save my bbq cravings for when i can hit up Peaktop, John's and Kum Hong. Kum Hong gets a steady lineup for the rice box during lunch time, from all the office workers at E/W Beaver Creek.

                  1. re: aser

                    Have you tried the BBQ items at Ka Ka Lucky on Broadview just south of Gerrard? I'm curious if that meets your standards. At least it's a very short drive for people who live in Riverdale and satisfies our BBQ needs locally.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      Ho Ho on Midland for crispy roast pork, rice, soup just $5. Duck is $2 extra, take out only; their cuttlefish is good, but BBQ pork dry.

                      A 12" pizza is $8, at Calabria on Midland, Thurs or Fri.

                      Home ground burger combo is $7 at Collegiate Lunch, Gerrard and Jones

                      Pho Mi Asia, $7, Keele and Wilson

                      Chick 'n Joy, Morningside or Whites Rd., Tues. special, $3. for 2 pieces and fries, add salad, gravy, drink and biscuit for $4 more.

                      R.I.P. Zeller's cafeterias. The lunch specials were well under $10 with a drink, and predictably good comfort food, under appreciated. Too bad the staff was turfed.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        "R.I.P. Zeller's cafeterias. The lunch specials were well under $10 with a drink, and predictably good comfort food, under appreciated. Too bad the staff was turfed."

                        And going waaaaay back, RIP Bay Street Woolworth's lunch counter. It was easy to get a really tasty lunch for $4-5. The burger was a particularly good value.

                        1. re: AMarshall

                          Even as a '"young'un", I never did understand why my Mother or Grandmother took me there to eat.

                          1. re: PoppiYYZ

                            I liked it because you could spin in the seats.

                        2. re: jayt90

                          I also miss the cafeteria at Zeller's, as well as Strawberry Street at Woolco and the Woolworth's lunch counter.

                          1. re: prima

                            My mom would take me downtown to see Santa at Eaton's, then head over to Woolworth's for an egg salad sandwich and a Honeydew drink.

                  2. 2 shawarmas for $6.99 or so at Ibrahim or Nasib or Empire all on Lawrence E. Or, for a dollar or so less, 2 falafel sandwiches.

                    1. ramen @ Tokyo Grill or Kenzo
                      noodle or rice bowls @ Manpuku
                      spinach/sqaush roti @ Bacchus
                      various sandwiches @ Rose's
                      shrimp dumpling noodle soup @ Swatow
                      assorted veggies or ground meat with egg @ Pizza Pide
                      any of the empanadas @ Jumbo Empanadas


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                      1. re: Dr. John

                        Second dumpling, or any soup (with or without noodles) at Swatow. That, green tea, and their amazing hot chili oil is PERFECT on a cold winter day. You'll have to walk three blocks before needing to do up your coat !

                      2. Big Fat Burrito (kensington location prefered)
                        Sandwhich box
                        The korean bbq place south of Wellesley on Yonge

                        1. If you go to Ka Ka Lucky Seafood BBQ Restaurant ( 349 Broadview Ave Toronto)
                          you can easily buy a decent lunch for $5 to $6.

                          1. Bob's Bulgogi -- 105 Victoria St (at Richmond)

                            beef bulgogi, w/ miso soup & kimichi

                            1. I'd go to Camros (organic persian small sit down or take away place) on the south side of Hayden St E of Yonge and have 2 choices on a plate. Never had a bad meal there.

                              1. Thanks everyone for the replies so far! Lots of new places to try out here, keep em comin!

                                1. St. Lawrence Market - Peameal sandwich, with an orangina... if you're not a peameal guy - the veal place in the basement...

                                  1. A bowl of bun at Anh Dao... tasty & well-portioned.
                                    A bowl of katsu don at Ematei... comes with miso soup & side salad. Large enough to maybe even last for two meals.

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                                    1. re: littlelam

                                      Pork bone soup, spicy shredded beef soup, dumpling soup or bi bim bap at any Korean restaurant. Pho, bun or com dishes at any Vietnamese restaurant. Porchetta sandwich at Porchetta and Co. Ramen noodle soup at Kenzo. BBQ on rice or egg noodle soup with wontons and BBQ pork or duck at any Hong Kong style BBQ house.

                                    2. East Toronto... specificially Scarborough. Lots of yummy ethnic food with unpretentious prices. And almost all my fav places have meals for less than $10. And you won't get a dinky small plate.

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                                      1. re: Wandering Foodie

                                        Which restaurants are your faves in Scarborough? Is the food at your favourite places worth the $6 return trip in "unpretentious" ttc tokens/the $50-$80 return trip of "pretentious" cab fare from places west of Scarborough?

                                        1. re: Wandering Foodie

                                          A good Scarborough cheapie is the Hopper Hut. I got a lamprey for $8 that stuffed me silly. Hopper Hut is in the back side of a strip mall at Kennedy and Ellesmere (north-west corner).

                                          1. Salad at Fast Fresh Foods. It's enough for two people - and fantastic.

                                            1. Been to Quick Pita on Eglinton, will never go back. Nope. Never again. Can't remember a worse shawarma.

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                                              1. re: merlot143

                                                I agree... I don't know what is up with that location. I love their downtown one but for some reason they don't know what they are doing at the Eglinton location.

                                              2. No one's mentioned the Fish Store on College yet? Or New York Subway? Crazy.

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                                                1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                                                  The Fish Store is awesome! Great suggestion

                                                  1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                                                    Yeah. New York Subway. Forgot about that.

                                                  2. I love the huge salad bowls at Urban Urbavoir! I've never been full from a bowl of healthy greens before, then I found this place!

                                                    1. A panini at Bitondo's - Think it's around $8. Delicious and filling.

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                                                      1. re: abigllama

                                                        Panini or Panzo? Panini is a sandwich

                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                          Panzo! Pardon the temporary insanity! :)

                                                          1. re: abigllama

                                                            Ahh okay yeah hehe, they are definitely good at Bitondo's across from the Monarch.. They are also called "Panzerotti" or "Panzerotto" or "Panzo" or "Calzone".. I call them "delicious" hehe

                                                            1. re: duckdown

                                                              Easy there duckdown. A calzone is BAKED. Nowhere near as good as the fried version. ;-)

                                                      2. Mixed gyros pita at Messini on Danforth. $4.35 will deliciously fill you right up.

                                                        1. Untill recently, Mon Kut Thai on Danforth Ave, just west of Logan had lunch specials for $6.99 but now it is $7.99. I often went with a friend and we got out of there for $20 with tax and tip.

                                                          Even at $7.99, it's almost exactly $10 with tax and tip. There are about 14 options available on the lunch special menu and they are quite good, plus you won't leave hungry.

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                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                            +1 on Mon Kut - my one trip yielded an amazing Massaman Beef Curry

                                                            1. re: TorontoTips

                                                              Mon Kut Thai is not appreciated on CH, but the friends I have taken there all enjoy it. The Thai gurus here think there is only one place in town to eat.

                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                I've only been once, but the Masaman Beef was as good as any I've ever had, and it''s nice to occasionally enjoy something other than greek when down on the Danforth :-)

                                                                1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                  And for me it's great to have good Thai available with a short walk and not requiring a trip to the "entertainment district"

                                                          2. Assuming I am downtown it all depends on my location mostly.
                                                            If I am around Yonge and College I would hit Lebanon Express and get their 2 shawarma deal. It comes to 8 or 9.
                                                            Moving down to Adelaide and Victoria St. I would go to Treats (if its around 12:00pm-3:00) and grab their homemade food. The Treats over there is owned by a Filipino family and I like eating a cheap homemade food (plus from a type of food I don't find at many places) over a fast food franchise that would cost me around $10. They have three different sizes. The smallest one would come about $5.25 after tax, medium $7.50 (?) and large..I forgot. I'll say around 9. I am content for small size but it might be too small for you.

                                                            If I want to enjoy every calories per dollar I am spending, I would hit Burrito Boyz by Adeliade and Simcoe. They have a small size and large size. For a large chicken or beef it will cost 8? I might be wrong, haven't been there for a while.

                                                            Oh and how can I forget, Made In China by Yonge and Gerrard for their All Day Lunch Special that comes with a free fountain drink. The price it's around 7-8.

                                                            Sorry my prices aren't that accurate but I just haven't ate out for a while. But they are cheap and the prices are almost on the dot.

                                                            1. The new Tavolino (King/Portland) is putting out awesome dailies for $9.99 that include your bev.

                                                              1. Phoenix bakery.
                                                                doesn't make the healthiest of meals, but you can eat like a starch-filled king for $4

                                                                1. Babos Donerpoint

                                                                  1. What about a pizza slice? That's always cheap - any suggestions for the best slice in Toronto?

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                                                                    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                      bitondos? (but definitely add their panzerotti to the list)

                                                                      1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                        A fresh slice of vesuvios pepperoni. 3 slices will put you into a coma for under $10.

                                                                        1. re: haggisdragon

                                                                          I find Vesuvio's totally over rated. Tough crust, meh toppings, but I will admit the crust has good flavor (definitely a good yeast used or maybe even sourdough). Their popularity is merely an indication of the lack of good pizza available in this neighborhood.

                                                                          Slice thread here :

                                                                          1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                            Its definitely not a high end pie. Freshness is the key. Straight out of the oven, a simple pepperoni slice is the right balance of crisp outer crust, soft interior, meat grease, melty cheese, whatever sauce. I haven't been to Vesuvios in 3 or 4 years, but I remember fondly my lunches there when I worked in the area. Unfortunately the non pizza items at Vesuvio's are terribly mediocre. Tell me where I can get a better pepperoni slice and I'll try it.

                                                                            1. re: haggisdragon

                                                                              There was an old thread on slices years ago, but I think it's time to start a new one.


                                                                      2. I know I'm forgetting some stuff but these quickly come to mind.

                                                                        1. Raby's near Don Mills and Overlea. Order 1 of their Combos that range from $7.49-$9.99. Beef seekh kabob is a steal for $7.49. 2 moist, well-seasoned charbroiled kabobs (they're huge) + the best basmati rice I've had in Toronto + fresh naan + side salads, chutneys and sauces. You will be stuffed after.
                                                                        2. Shawarma Empire 2 shawarmas for $5.99 or 2 falafels for $4.99.
                                                                        3. Danforth Pizza House - order a small pizza with a topping or two and you're set.
                                                                        4. Mr. Pide or Pizza Pide - all of their their pides are <=$9.99.
                                                                        5. Bamiyan Kabob - Chicken Caesar Salad. Eat it at the restaurant as the pile a plate full of lettuce, a chicken skewer and even give you a naan. All for $4.99.
                                                                        6. As mentioned, Khao Sai at Sukho Thai.

                                                                        1. Today I had lunch at San Remo Bakery. I ordered a vegetarian panini ($7.99) and it was so big that I split it with my wife. Even with two cans of San Pellegrino soda , it was under $6 each after tax.

                                                                          Here is the menu:


                                                                          1. Pasta Special at Fusarro's on Spadina just north of Richmond - usually $9 or $10 - pasta/salad/bread - great deal and delicious.

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                                                                            1. re: thebutcher

                                                                              Good call. Their meatball sammos are heaven.

                                                                            2. Latin World Market on Bloor between Dufferin and Lansdowne has amazing tamales with homemade hot sauce and tons of escabeche for $3. Love it!

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                                                                              1. re: eatravel

                                                                                This may sound sacrilegious, but -- anything vegetarian?

                                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                                  I think there is a bean and cheese pupusa, but I'm not sure if they use lard or vegetable shortening for the paste.

                                                                                  1. re: eatravel

                                                                                    Thanks. I'll ask next time I walk by.

                                                                              2. If for lunch, I go to the Ritz at Yonge & College. That`s under $5 with the $3.99 Lunch chicken special.
                                                                                If late at night, I go to Mr. Noodles at Yonge & Wellesley. That`s under $10.

                                                                                1. Lamannas on Kingston Rd, just west of Port Union in Scarborough. The chicken and veal on a bun are a steal at the price, with a bun made on location. The lasagna at $5.99 is also a very good deal.

                                                                                  1. Cafe Brasiliano will run you ten and a quarter for a plate and a pop. Probably in my top 3 favorite restaurants in the city.

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                                                                                    1. -Tonkotsu ramen at Kenzo on Dundas

                                                                                      - Pho or Bun at Bun Saigon on Spadina

                                                                                      - Cheeseburger Deluxe combo at the Patrician Grill on King East

                                                                                      - Some kind of sausage at WVRST, if you pass on the beer. Better yet, if you split some of their crazy delicious duck fat frites with a willing partner, you could probably still squeak under the $10 mark.

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                                                                                      1. re: Gary

                                                                                        Patrician Grill also serves a good Greek omelette & home fries for less than 10 bucks. ;-) Apple pie made by the owner's mom is available on Saturdays.

                                                                                      2. Burger Priest
                                                                                        Porchetta and Co
                                                                                        Cora's Kitchen
                                                                                        Chinese BBQ Rice
                                                                                        Fish and Chips (Penrose?)

                                                                                        1. The best lunch, hands down. Sobeys at college park has proscuitto, boccocini, and arugula sandwhiches. I heat my in the microwave for about 30 secs to soften the bun, Pure magic for 5.99

                                                                                          1. These days - Little Coxwell for a huge bowl of pho with rare beef. Tea, pho, tax and a 20% tip for $10

                                                                                            1. These days, Portugril on Eglinton between the DVP and Victoria Park. For $7.49 plus taxes you get half of a rotisserie chicken on a large Portuguese bun. If you've only feeling peckish, for $5.00 the chicken soup, also served with a Portuguese bun, is so chock full of chicken and vegetables that it's a main course in itself.

                                                                                              1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

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                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                Holy Chuck - yum! Or iPho if I'm jonesing something healthier.

                                                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                  I really like Holy Chuck. My only complaint is its a bit on the pricey side.

                                                                                                  1. re: Shimso

                                                                                                    Make a trek to Holy Chuck, and I have to say I prefer BP and magoo burger. HC burgers is a bit oversalt, lacking good beef flavor, and the texture of the beef patty too soft. Not to mention the size for the price is a little skimp imho. I so miss Fatso as that is my standard for burgers!!

                                                                                              2. Even though they only are open during the day the Veggie Combo at Mystic Muffin is a great and healthy meal for under $10.

                                                                                                Folia Grill for any of their meats in a pita - my personal fave is the pork belly souvlaki.

                                                                                                As already mentioned, the shrimp dumpling soup is the best item at Swatows and they are open late!

                                                                                                I also 2nd Belly Busters and California Sandwiches, but only the Claremont location, somehow they taste the best to me!

                                                                                                And for jerk, I am still a die hard Mr. Jerk fan, always less than $10 for a meal.

                                                                                                1. Boccone's deli on Yonge south of St Clair at Rosehill. You can put together a great meal easily under $10. Generous portion of delicious homemade soup with a slice of baked-on-site foccacia bread is only $3.50. Add a side salad and it's about $6 or so. Or you can get combos of different kinds of salads for under $10, all delicious. I can't remember all the prices, but I'm pretty sure a hot pasta and salad is under $10.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Luvtooeat

                                                                                                      Love the chicken & pesto mayo sandwich at the Black Camel. Just under $8, if you don't choose to splurge on the extra toppings. Plan to try their veggie sandwich on my next visit.

                                                                                                      Very happy it's located so close to Rosedale station.

                                                                                                  1. Pizzaiola - $5 for a slice with a drink
                                                                                                    Panini (Weston & 7) - any of their sandwiches are worthy and their chili (new) is a great value. Just a personal preference, but I like their Veal better than California, San Fransisco, etc.
                                                                                                    Brandt (just off Dundas in Mississauga) - Most lunches are under $5 and some sausages on a bun are $1.95
                                                                                                    Nino D'Aversa (Toro Road) - I love their sausage on a bun - about $8 with tax.
                                                                                                    Big Fat Burrito Kensington Market
                                                                                                    Roast Beef Sandwich, Manos Meats St. Lawrence Market
                                                                                                    (I used to like the Peameal Bacon Sandwiches at the Market, but haven't enjoyed them at all in the past couple of years - Carousel, Paddington, anywhere.)
                                                                                                    Messini for Gyros
                                                                                                    Wimpy's Grilled Cheese and Bacon - but only at the locations that have cheddar
                                                                                                    Bacon Cheese HotDog at Shopsy's Woodbine north of Steeles

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                                                                                                    1. re: OTFOODIE

                                                                                                      I can't believe I forgot Vincentina on Edilcan! $5 or so for Steak on a bun. About the same for sausage on a bun (with 2 sausages!) and a bit more ~$5.50 for excellent porchetta.

                                                                                                        1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                          Mmmmm. Speducci! Theirs are the best.

                                                                                                    2. you can do very well with $10!

                                                                                                      off the top of my head:

                                                                                                      banh mi & other packaged meals (noodles, rice cakes, etc.) for under $5 at viet sandwich shops like nguyen huong
                                                                                                      meal deal or sandwiches at ghazale
                                                                                                      dumplings or other northern chinese food at chinese traditional buns or mother's dumplings
                                                                                                      chinatown in general (especially at lunch when there are cheap lunch specials)
                                                                                                      anything at vietnamese restaurants
                                                                                                      tacos, burritos, tortas or tostadas at mexican salsas in kensington market
                                                                                                      burritos or tacos at big fat burrito or burrito boyz
                                                                                                      $5 hot meal option or sandwiches at akram's in ken market
                                                                                                      curries or pad thai at flip, toss and thai kitchen or sukhothai
                                                                                                      burgers or poutine at stampede bison grill
                                                                                                      some of the stalls at the grange food court
                                                                                                      sandwiches at sky blue sky
                                                                                                      anything at imonay korean restaurant
                                                                                                      soon dubu or bibimbap at buk chang dong
                                                                                                      hand pulled noodle dishes at sun's kitchen in pacific mall food court
                                                                                                      roti from ali's roti or bacchus roti
                                                                                                      the unique burritos at new york subway
                                                                                                      one of the meal options at tacos el asador
                                                                                                      cheap japanese places in the annex (like sushi on bloor) or on college (like bikkuri) have under $10 meal deals
                                                                                                      huge servings of vegetarian chinese food from buddha's vegetarian
                                                                                                      italian sandwiches from san francesco foods or california sandwiches
                                                                                                      many options from the food stalls at st. lawrence market

                                                                                                      1. Warm brown rice salad at Mocha Mocha at Danforth & Logan. It's around $8 and tasty and super filling.

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                                                                                                        1. re: magpiiie

                                                                                                          A falafel in a pita at Tov-Li, one of the better falafel joints around town (on Bathurst St. south of Wilson Ave.), is $4.89 plus tax. Includes all the added fresh salad fixings you want. Buffet-style, strictly kosher. Falafel balls freshly deep-fried with every order. Zingy hot sauce, if you want it. Add a soft drink and you're still under $7 ($6.98, to be precise). Delicious and satisfying. Closed Friday nights and most of Saturday, and during Jewish holidays, even the obscure ones. Newbies are advised to phone before shlepping over that way to make sure the premises are indeed open.

                                                                                                          1. re: juno

                                                                                                            second this. I dream about the falafel.

                                                                                                            1. re: juno

                                                                                                              I'm not Jewish and usually have no idea about these holidays, I hate it when I get there and Tov-Li is closed!

                                                                                                              I think they even had baked falafel variety the last time I was there and it was surprisingly quite good as well

                                                                                                              1. re: duckdown

                                                                                                                The High Jewish holidays tend to fall during the months of September and October. As a rule of thumb, to be safe, you should always call ahead, if you're planning on going during those months.

                                                                                                          2. The salmon with a nice herb/caper pan sauce, delicious potato rosti and lovely steamed veg at Ritz Cafe on Donlands.

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                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                              Burger Shack-home banquet burger-fries&pop=$10+change
                                                                                                              Swatow BBQ pork and noodle soup -under $10.

                                                                                                            2. Beef pancake at Yummy Yummy (4 for $6.99).

                                                                                                              Masala Dosa at Udupi Palace or Moti Mahal.

                                                                                                              Pani puri for $5-6 at various restaurants/chaat places in Little India.

                                                                                                              1. King Falafel - Have been going for 15+ years and still my fav
                                                                                                                Come and Get It - In old Ackee tree space...really like the shortrib poutine ($7) and the Granny smith/pulled chicken Caeser ($9)
                                                                                                                Tacos at Salsa's

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                                                                                                                1. re: Benniep

                                                                                                                  I second the shortrib at Come and Get It -- though the sandwich version is my preference! Their bun is amazing.. and it comes with a slaw as well.

                                                                                                                2. Airima's in the St. Clair Centre at Yonge, in the basement near the entrance to the subway. Delicious bibimbap - $9.49 with brown rice, $8.49 with white rice.

                                                                                                                  1. A Vietnamese meal at your fav Vietnamese place (mine: Pho Phuong Hoang & Mimi)
                                                                                                                    Chinese BBQ rice / noodle soup
                                                                                                                    Burrito Boyz (I like the fish burritos!)
                                                                                                                    Smoke's Poutine
                                                                                                                    HoSu (Queen) has some takeout specials that are a lot of food for not too much $$
                                                                                                                    The One That Got Away (Cod or Haddock sammy for under $9)
                                                                                                                    Reggie's Old Fashioned Sandwiches (yummy turkey sammy)
                                                                                                                    Brick Street Bakery sandwiches (Boxing Day sammy is my fav)
                                                                                                                    HoShim takeout at First Canadian Place has daily lunch specials that are about $5 (not super great, but lots of food and cheeeeeeap)
                                                                                                                    Canteen (takeout - sometimes they have an insanely rich egg salad in a croissant as their daily sandwich for about $5. they also have a pastry called gateau basque that's AMAZING!)

                                                                                                                    I seem to remember that Fresh has a discount on their rice bowls between 3 & 5pm or something like that... and finally, I can't wait for the ramen onslaught to hit TO this summer!

                                                                                                                    1. Eastern Twist at St. Clair and Bathurst has THE BEST ginormous paratha wraps. They're around $7-8 and so huge and so delicious you will want to eat them every day. The spicy carrots they have as an optional topping are amazing as well.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: bananaboat

                                                                                                                        St. Lawrence Market, stroll and select.

                                                                                                                      2. Beast restaurant on Fridays - its a sandwich, small side and dessert for $10. Great deal. They also periodically have feature chefs, Nick Lui, Steve Gonzalez, etc. They apparently do a different city every week. Yesterday was chicken and duck, a side salad of carrots, and a couple of delicious ginger snap cookies. I think it would be hard to find a better deal for the quality of food you're getting here.


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                                                                                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                          Agree with justxpete that this is a great deal. I used to go every week.
                                                                                                                          Some of the guest chefs (like Khao San Road) were amazing and only one time, it was actually just bad (Istanbul's Beef and Lamb kofta was like pasty raw meat.)
                                                                                                                          I stopped going though because I found the sandwich fillings always soft or mushy despite a great bun and ok taste.
                                                                                                                          If anyone's been lately, please report otherwise and I'll be back in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                                        2. Akropolis on the Danforth - filo pie (cheese, spinach or meat) and Greek salad for $5.99. The salad is the iceberg type but for some reason, it hits the spot. Then you can have a frappe or cappuccino and cookie and still come in around $10.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                            Akropolis Bakery's old school pizza slice with Greek salad also hits the spot.

                                                                                                                            I also like the cheese boureka at Aroma Espresso Bar. The filling in their cheese boureka is a lot closer to my favourite type of tiropita than the versions at Athens Pastries or Akropolis . Medium cappuccino and a cheese boureka at Aroma costs $8.19.

                                                                                                                            1. re: prima

                                                                                                                              Cho Sun OK, a first-rate Korean joint in a small plaza at Yonge St. and Clark, several blocks north of Steeles Ave., does a number of tasty, substantial soup/stews at $8-$9 - $1 cheaper at lunch. It's a meal by itself. I first learned of this place on Chowhound a few years ago, and have never been disappointed in the quality there. All dishes come with tea, a bowl of rice and six delicious banchan (side dishes). Extra banchan if you want it. I'm partial to #3 on the menu, which is shredded beef brisket stew with scallions in a spicy broth, but it's all good. Good service, always busy, easy parking, almost exclusively Korean clientele.

                                                                                                                          2. Here are my vegetarian options:
                                                                                                                            Channa or spinach roti at Island Foods - Don Mills Rd, south of York Mills (about $6)
                                                                                                                            Vegetarian Banh Mi - Rose's on Gerrard, east of Broadview (about $3)
                                                                                                                            Nature burger value meal at Lick's, Warden & Eglinton ($5.99)

                                                                                                                            1. I would go straight to Fabarnak for their "square peg" lunch -- 3 well executed savory items and a dessert for $10. Last time, it was a chunk of swordfish on top of olive oil stewed tomatoes, lobster mac & cheese, and a very tasty cod cake with remoulade, with a slice of bourbon chocolate cake (w/a chocolate pudding topping). Incredible deal at $10. Can also be had vegetarian.

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                                                                                                                              1. Cha Lau's daily lunch special.
                                                                                                                                Today's special included a bowl of soup, a fresh roll, baby bok choi, 4 dumplings (beef, scallop, har gow and siu mai) and a bowl of fried rice for $8.99.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                  I second Cha Lau. Extra points for having a vegetarian special every day!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: garfield

                                                                                                                                    what do they usually have for the vegetarian specials?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                                                      The daily vegetarian special (a set menu that changes, I'm not aware of any other daily specials beyond the vegetarian and non-vegetarian set menus) included veg hot & sour soup, veg fresh roll, bok choi, 4 different veg dumplings and rice on Wed.

                                                                                                                                2. Ha Long Bay for a Vietnamese sub and soup combo. $9.50 before tax and tip.


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                                                                                                                                  1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                                                                    what else is good there? didn't realize this was so near by ... eager to check it out!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                                                                      this is not much of a deal considering the usual going rate for a viet sandwich is $2-3 in chinatown.. and even at banh mi boys (way overpriced by vietnamese standards), the grilled chicken or pork sandwiches are $4.99 or $5.49. according to the menu, the soup you get with the ha long bay bistro deal is just chicken broth (which a lot of asian restaurants would just throw in for free).. so $9.50 for chicken broth + viet sandwich is a ripoff by most standards...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                                                        Ha Long Bay is a sitdown restaurant with a robust and authentic menu and excellent, warm service. It's apples and oranges comparing them to Banh Mi Boys or a Vietnamese sandwich shop. All are great.

                                                                                                                                        But considering the great portion and food quality and the fact that you are served, Ha Long Bay's banh mi and soup is a sweet deal. I agree with elasticwaistband.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                                                          $9.50 for lunch is a good deal for lunch on Eglinton West and Avenue Rd. I wouldn't expect Chinatown prices in a neighbourhood that charges high rent.

                                                                                                                                          Most restaurants in the Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery food court and in most financial district food courts are charging $8+ for fast food lunch combos these days. $9.50 for a sit-down meal by an independent in a high-rent neighbourhood seems like a relatively good deal to me.

                                                                                                                                      2. The Eggs Benedict/Florentine at Vi Vetha for $8, or the eggs Nova (smoked salmon)/Vi Vetha (spinach and mixed mushrooms) for $9. Better hollandaise than most being served around town. Includes salad, home fries, 3 types of fruit, and the server takes the time to ask whether you'd like your egg yolks soft, medium or hard. Coffee isn't included, but I don't mind, since most places in TO are charging $12-$14 for their takes on Eggs Benedict, with or without coffee. Best of all, their Bennys are all served weeklong. The Yonge & Lawrence location opens at 10 am Mon-Fri.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                          Actually it looks like both locations open at 8 - 7 days a week for the Beaches - which I
                                                                                                                                          mention not to nitpick but because those are very impressive hours. Keep meaning to check out the Beaches one.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                            The Yonge + Lawrence one is now open 7 days (according to sign on the door), but pretty sure it opens at 8 on weekends, and 10 during the week. Will double-check next time I'm nearby. Website might need updating.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                              And let's not forget, eastenders have the two Kingston Rd ViPei Bistro locations of the ViVetha family of restaurants.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                I had no idea - east beaches / southwest Scarborough is totally my old stomping grounds and was never good eating. Who are these people with 4 good restaurants?!?
                                                                                                                                                Are the Scarborough locations any bigger than Queen E? I'd likely go with a large family group and that one looks teeny.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                  Nope, they're certainly not bigger. In fact, the Kingston and Midland location could best be described as a single lane of a bowling alley.

                                                                                                                                                  If you're looking for something out this way, the latest hot thing is Crazy Tomato Trattoria. Perfect for large families, yet intimate enough for couples.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks Googs. I have also had my eye on your reports of the Crazy Tomato. Perhaps a replacement of sorts for the late lamented Michelangelo's on Gerrard.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                      Not really the same vibe. Michelangelo's was so delightfully old-fashioned. I would hesitate to call Crazy Tomato modern. Still, you won't find that hallmark of old world on their menu, the baked pasta dish. No cannelloni, no lasagna, and no manicotti.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                        And like every other restaurant in toronto, closed mondays, which is my day to dine out. So incredibly frustrating!!

                                                                                                                                          2. Banh Mi Boys for a Chicken Taco

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              How's Banh Mi Boys? Funny, for some reason I thought this was a food truck but it looks like they have a brick and mortar. I've always wanted to try authentic Banh Mi...the photos look good!


                                                                                                                                              1. re: NonStickSteel

                                                                                                                                                It's great and pretty much a universal board favourite - thread here:


                                                                                                                                                1. re: NonStickSteel

                                                                                                                                                  Banh Mi Boys is awesome. Definitely worth a try. Here's a long thread about it:


                                                                                                                                                  First half of the thread was written before a major reno, so the awkward layout and lack of seating comments are no longer relevant.

                                                                                                                                              2. Jerk Pork at Portland Jerk in Brampton.

                                                                                                                                                1. I agree with lots of the above. Also want to add the chicken jerk from Tropical Joe's in Gerrard Square - the large is enough for 2 people. Also love the sandwiches at Leslieville Pumps (even the veggie is good).

                                                                                                                                                  1. If there was one close by, I'd probaby go to one of the Chinese Food Courts like First Markham, Pacific Mall, or Dixie Park etc. Fast, cheap, fresh cooked food.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

                                                                                                                                                      I don't know about the food court, but getting in and out of Pacific Mall is never quick!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AMarshall

                                                                                                                                                        its always quick for me. you just have to park farther away instead of waiting for a good spot and know how to move quickly in a crowd!

                                                                                                                                                        but the pmall food court isn't that good compared to other Chinese food courts IMO.

                                                                                                                                                        its probably been mentioned but ill fight to the death anyone who disagrees that the jerk chicken at raps on eglinton west (its only good late at night when they have the bbq drums outside) is the best thing I'm Toronto

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: szw

                                                                                                                                                          I was wondering how Rap's has been since Restaurant Takeover. http://www.foodnetwork.ca/ontv/shows/...

                                                                                                                                                          Good to hear the jerk chicken is good late at night. Even if the jerk chicken isn't as good as it is late at night, is it at least half-decent during the day? I rarely eat jerk chicken late at night.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: prima

                                                                                                                                                            I've been a couple times since the show (haven't seen it). I walked in and saw the changes...new immediately it was restaurant makeover! They all have the same generic look. Luckily the food is the same as it always has been, which is to say amazing.

                                                                                                                                                            I've been there around 7 in the evening and the chicken wasn't as good but still tasty, and I've only been once at that time so it might be an off day or my imagination that it wasn't as juicy. They don't have the big drums set up bbqing outside at that time, so I dont' know where this chicken came from. Cooked inside or perhaps leftovers from the night before/early morning? I ususally go late...midnight to 3am and the chicken is amazing at that time!

                                                                                                                                                            Anyways I'd say its worth a shot anwyays, its pretty cheap stuff. Prices on the board include tax (I always love that). Grab a box of frozen patties from Randy's Patties while you're there. Everyone I"ve brought to Raps loves it. I eat it and actually feel sorry for all the people in the city who will never know this chicken!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Try Morton's (sit at the bar)
                                                                                                                                                      They have "Bar-Bites" for under $10
                                                                                                                                                      And good to people watch:)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: NoFixedAddress

                                                                                                                                                        I'm intrigued by the presence of cheeseburgers on that menu -- they could be really good, since I know that some steakhouses cut their own steaks and use the trimmings for the burgers. Anybody tried them?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                          I have heard very good things about Morton's burgers at the bar. Barberians had a beefy juicy burger at lunch too, which I tried once about a year ago.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                            I have. Not in TO. But in many cities in us. Crab cake sandwiches, sliders and filet sandwiches are all good at mortons.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                              Michael: they melt in your mouth! Seriously good eats. I think you get 3 mini-burgers
                                                                                                                                                              They also have more under $10 things not mentioned on their website.
                                                                                                                                                              Last time I had another type of burger, can't remember the kind, but it was wow-wee.
                                                                                                                                                              Nice bar-keeps too:)

                                                                                                                                                          2. EST WEST, in the grange, full salmon plate for $7.25 can't beat it, yes EST WEST

                                                                                                                                                            1. Starbucks, Spinach Feta Wrap & Coffee. Comes in around $6-7 incl. the coffee. Tasty, hot wrap and nutritionally easy on the diet (what a bonus!), with a good amount of lean protein (egg whites), not too much carb and very little fat. Love it, it always hits the spot. It's my go-to grab-and-go meal when in a rush, on the road, or wanting a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                              The Bagel House (Bayview is my location). Pretty much any bagel sandwich on the menu, or just with cream cheese.

                                                                                                                                                              Yip's Kitchen, lower level, St. Lawrence Market, for a really good Chinese takeout counter (and the guy working the counter (owner?) is so nice and friendly!)

                                                                                                                                                              Quik Sushi, lower level, St. Lawrence Market for takeout sushi. The also have bibimbap and other Korean dishes which may be under or around $10 (I can't remember the pricing).

                                                                                                                                                              Congee Star or Congee Queen, Don Mills. If eating alone (vs. sharing in a group), I'd go for congee, noodles in soup or noodles. Many dishes & snacks under $10. They also have BBQ Pork, Duck, etc. combos though I've never tried those there.

                                                                                                                                                              Chinese BBQ shops (e.g. I'm downtown, so Yonge & Dundas) for BBQ Pork, Soy Sauce Chicken and/or BBQ Duck on rice.

                                                                                                                                                              T&T's hot counter for dim sum, bao, joong and other treats. Obviously not going for the high end dim sum experience, but it hits the spot and is fast and cheap.

                                                                                                                                                              Metro supermarket's Fresh to Go counter old school, not fancy, sandwiches & wraps (tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, roast beef, etc. on regular whole wheat bread or wraps) around $3.99 - such a great price and not with huge bread/filler. Not gourmet but sometimes that's exactly what I want.

                                                                                                                                                              Also, Metro's sushi counter has small salmon or chicken teriyaki bowls with bean sprout & rice. Not the greatest cuisine, but at around $5.99 is a good value for a quick, easy and fairly healthy small meal. I get the salmon teriyaki, and what I REALLY appreciate is that it is the only option I have found for a grab and go fresh meal that features cooked (unbreaded) fish for well under $10. It's very hard to find cooked fish, fresh & ready to eat, anywhere let alone under $10. Freshii has a grilled salmon on salad meal that I sometimes get, to even though I find the salmon cold, dry and nasty. (I can, however, get a delicious grilled tilapia on salad from Buster's Sea Cove at St. Lawrence Market at $11.95 before tax and I'd rather get that than the Freshii meal).

                                                                                                                                                              Have been meaning to explore the Buster's Sea Cove menu more (bisques, sandwiches?) there are quite few tasty looking things under $10 but have only had the clam strips and fish & chips - which were tasty indeed.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: balthazar

                                                                                                                                                                Longo's First Canadian Place location has poached salmon on their salad bar. I picked up a decent smallish serving recently along with some feta for $4 or so. It's not cold, dry and nasty, but neither is the flavour great... it was okay when I wanted some protein.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                  $7.95 AYCE Trinidadian breakfast / brunch at Drupati's (Scarborough and Albion / Islington locations) and Lena's (Albion / Islington). Mostly veg items and includes 3 different types of rotis made to order.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: clive

                                                                                                                                                                    Is Drupati's breakfast only on weekends? And is it really AYCE? Wow!. Where is their Scarborough location? I've only been to the Albion Rd. location.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                      Their AYCE breakfast is only offered on weekends from 9-2. They are located at 1085 Bellamy Rd - east side, one building north of Ellesmere.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: clive

                                                                                                                                                                          Hi Clive! So ... what's offered at the Drupati AYCE breakfast ... ?
                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks in advance.. !


                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                            They usually offer a variety of traditional breakfast items including spinach bhagi, tomato choka, roast melongene (eggplant), pumpkin kuchela, channa, aloo choka, buljol, saltfish, 3 types of roti (sada, dal poori and bus up shut), coffee and tea.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                      Great tip julesrules, thank you! I will check it out. Metro on Front St. used to have poached salmon in its prepared foods section, but stopped recently.

                                                                                                                                                                      Also, for anyone in the area of the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens, there are some great prepared food options including a quite decent sushi counter. You could eat well at that Loblaws going from counter to counter.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: balthazar

                                                                                                                                                                        balthazar, I checked out the Longos hot table selections today and was surprised to find 4 kinds of fish... salmon and tilapia, both plain poached and with tomato-based toppings. The sundried tomato salmon is not bad, I picked it up early and it is not too overcooked despite being held at warmish temps. There's also teriyaki salmon in the deli case. I don't know if all this fish is Lenten or something?
                                                                                                                                                                        Not however impressed with the total on my small lunch of fish (slightly bigger than deck of cards) rice (much smaller serving than most places give you with lunch) and veggies... $8.80 with tax! If you are in the area, grab protein here and head to Mercatto for their awesome $4 salad deal - they load up a square deli pack and their salads are delicious and quite dense/filling if you choose accordingly.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: balthazar

                                                                                                                                                                      Regarding salmon, when it used to be convenient for me, I would pick up a bento box from Taro's Fish on Sheppard, that had a very flavourful piece of salmon with rice and some veggies, plus a couple of interesting items, and definitely under $10. Salmon was not breaded.

                                                                                                                                                                    4. The halibut sandwich at Buster's Cove in the St Lawrence Market.
                                                                                                                                                                      I had it a couple of days ago and it was one of the best fish sandwiches that I have ever had,
                                                                                                                                                                      The spicy sauce adds a nice little kick.
                                                                                                                                                                      It's $10 all in.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Petor

                                                                                                                                                                        Rocco's at 164 The Queensway has a very handy take-out restaurant next to their main sit-down restaurant. The veal sandwiches are so enormous, and so unbelievably delicious, they will blow your mind. For about $7, you will be stuffed. Your eyes will pop out of your head at the size of the piece of breaded veal they fold onto the bun. The toppings of mushrooms, peppers and onions are so flavourful and the sauce is authentic. Ok, I'm hungry now!


                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rosieintoronto

                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds deeeelicious. I haven't had a good veal sandwich for ages...


                                                                                                                                                                        2. lunch at Yueh Tung
                                                                                                                                                                          Most of the lunch specials are under $8. Generous portions.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Mei Do at the mall on the southwest corner of Kennedy and Denison (beside the Shoppers Drug Mart) has been a staple in our family for years now. It's Hong Kong diner food, with specials that change every day. Usually $6 or so with a drink and a soup. The specials are only written in Chinese but you can ask them to translate. Fantastic deal and real homey. Can get really busy at lunch time.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. One2 Snacks. Just discovered it. I would go there once a week if I could.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: neighborguy

                                                                                                                                                                                They are really really good. I <3 them.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: neighborguy

                                                                                                                                                                                  Does One2 Snacks have seating? I understand it's small ..

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just 4 low stools facing the wall or 4 high stools facing the window. It's mostly a take-out place, but I eat it there if I can.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jennjen18

                                                                                                                                                                                      And don't go Monday-Wednesday. Those are their days off.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: neighborguy

                                                                                                                                                                                        What are some of your favourites at One2 Snacks? I've never been, but it's got me curious.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                          My go-to dishes are laksa and char kuay teau. I've probably ordered these at every Malaysian place in the city that I know of (Jean's, Malay Thai in First Markham, Gourmet Garden, Matahari Grill, haven't been to Lion City or Restauran Malaysia -- where else have I missed?) tho none will compare to the versions I had in KL where I was lucky enough to have the quintessential hawker stall experience. There is so much umami you'd fall off your chair.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I liked One2's laksa. On the whole it was nicely balanced in terms of ingredients and flavour. Their CKT was just okay as I found it comparable to fried rice noodle from any Chinese place.

                                                                                                                                                                                          When I go back to One2 I will try on go thru the rest of their menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: neighborguy

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the 'feed'-back, neighbourguy. I look forward to seeing any other One2 recs.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm late, but: laksa & kuih dadar are my solid go-tos.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                              It's never too late for good advice, jlunar. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                XD No sweat. Also: go on the weekend, early-ish. The special kuihs are available only on Saturday & Sundays and they tend to sell out quickly. I like the durian kuih too; kinda salty, sweet, & creamy.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Yuk Gae Jang at BulGoGee House or Netsu Ramen at Kenzo

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Gales Snack Bar at Carlaw and Eastern. Most expensive thing on the menu is the hot turkey sandwich for 3.75. (real turkey, peas, carrots, fries, and gravy) Since the coffee is only .65 TWO can eat for less than 10 bucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I had this 'humongous' 12" plate of ' Fried Rice-Noodle ( Ho-Fun) with Scrambled Eggs and Prawns ( 20+) ' from Richmond Court inside Times Square, Richmond Hill. All for $9!!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Enough left over for dinner and more!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                            I literally ate that same dish 3 nights ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Serious foodies eat alike!!
                                                                                                                                                                                              Having O/Mei Giant lobster 5 ways tonight! Fancy joining??!! Ha!!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah! I've got to work pretty much all night but I'd love to join in the future. I'll bring a great bottle of Sake along as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm planning a possible chowmeet in June involving live BC Spotted Prawns as the main theme. May be you can join us then?? Love to exchange ' Japanese food' stories and experiences with you!!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. nh Mi Ba Le on Dundas west of Spadina

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. These days I'm enjoying Asada on St. Clair where $8.95 gets you a plate of tacos prepped with Rowe meats and heaped with house made toppings and salsas (there are several on offer). Corn tortillas are house made as well. A few mixed reviews of the place here on CH but I think the place tops Tacos El Asador for freshness, taste and atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. AL Tanoor, Lawrence east of Pharmacy, south side across from Wadi supermarket. Two shawarmas, chicken or beef, in samoon, (house made white bun) for $7.00. Ask for lots of vegetables. Instruct them not to heat- toast the sandwiches in the press. (Trust me.).
                                                                                                                                                                                                The falafel are good too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring a friend to help out with the second sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The owners are Iraqui. Their flavouring is different and nicer than the local usual . Also they have an Iraqui (lightger) mango -curry sauce, amba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Recently the sandwich got bigger and the price went up by 50 cents each if you get two.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Golden Asian Cuisine @ Kipling & Rexdale is my go-to for a quick, tasty lunch when at the office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  My personal favorite is the dry chili chicken with veg and steamed rice. Comes with a spring roll and choice of soda for $8 plus tax/tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very generous portions & friendly staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was just about to come in here and post that...!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. All things I love and grab on a cheap meal day:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      -2 tacos at seven lives
                                                                                                                                                                                                      - hot chicken wings at VIP for lunch $5 (delish)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      -banh mi boys
                                                                                                                                                                                                      -tossed chicken noodle salad (sabai sabai)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      -little india-lots of options (bun kababs atlahore burger house (3.99), pani puris at lahore paan shop (4.99) and mysore masala dosa at uduppi palace (8.50))
                                                                                                                                                                                                      - lemon grass shrimps at golden turtle (love it)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Its a dingy pool place on yonge and gerrard but I do love the hot wings there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I think a lot of dishes from this Macau/Portuguese food court place in Markham should be added to the list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Also franks got seoul at Franks

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. For those truly broke (yes I am) $10 won't likely get you fries these days. If you can't walk to the restaurant, then your transit fee will wipe out any ability to buy prepared food. I'd suggest a $2 Wendy's burger with bacon, tomato, & lettuce (not much, but will get you through to another day of wondering how to fill a growling stomach).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: OldEater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For $1.70 more you can get an egg salad sammy at Subway and then you get all Tom Green on it with the some lettuce, uhm tomato, onions, olives, a little more lettuce, some green peppers, cucumbers, hot peppers, a little more lettuce, a little more tomato, some pickles, avocado, more onions, a little more lettuce, some jalapeños, some more cucumber, a little more mayo, mustard, sub sauce...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Today we went to The Pie Commission. Fantastic meat pies, we had the beer and beef ones and I really liked how the beer was from Great Lakes, a local brewery. Amazing meal for $8.85 plus tax. They have veg options, and a gluten-free crust for those who require that. I am trying the butter chicken pie next. Here are some pics: http://www.mytorontoscoop.com/2013/09...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Worth the trip to Etobicoke ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Banjara - in fact - i am going there today for my fantastic cheap lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Anoush, Duffern and Rimrock, behind Owens Corning next to Bell and Starbucks. Canadianized middle -eastern good grub. $8.49 for a big plate. See posts elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I finally tried Schnitzel Queen (based on Now Magazine Cheap Eats recommendation). I shared a huge Queen's Schnitzel sandwich with a friend for$10. Both of us were stuffed. Delicious. Cheerful service. No real space to sit so expect to take away. Queen and Sherbourne is a dive of a neighbourhood but this sandwich was worth the trip. Some pics are here: http://schnitzelqueen.blogspot.ca/p/b...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Banh Mi Boys fried chicken bao.