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Dec 13, 2011 02:38 PM

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 , 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.