$10-$15 dinner around Yonge and Bloor
I've been working around this area lately and have been really hard pressed to find some decent/simple meals in this area in the $10-$15 price range (not the fast food chains). Things start getting expensive walking towards Yorkville. I'll list some places I've tried below but I'm really trying here. I'm still unfamiliar with the area so any recommendations would help tremendously. Thanks!
Hue's Kitchen: Hodge podge of tasteless stuff.
Bonga Buldak: their chicken special tastes more sweet than spicy. And the chicken also tastes off... maybe that's why they overcooked it.
Zyng: Ouch! Super overpriced noodles!
Oja: Substandard Korean food but tolerable.
Spring rolls: Personally I'm not a fan of this chain's food.
Ginger: Not too bad, but give me a normal Pho place any day. And other issues make me want to avoid eating here too much.
Na Siam: tried one of their "signature dishes" and it was a watery mess. And let's not get started on the capsicums thing.
Crepes a Go Go: Okay, this I like but they're usually closed by the time I'm off.
Lee Chen asian diner: Bland tasting version of Asian Legend.
Star Anise: They just need to make something tasty and stop trying to make it fancy and "pan asian" (an excuse to bump up the price I'm sure).
I'm generally in agreement that it's not a stellar food 'hood. But here a few more options to consider...Black Camel (less than a 10 minute walk north), Pho Hung (decent, not great, Vietnamese), Ichi Riki (not sure of the pricing for Soba Tuesdays), Great Big Smoke for burgers. There's also Pusateri's and Whole Foods. Haven't been there in a couple of years but I've also enjoyed the food at Camros in the past.
You could try out Wow Sushi on Charles West but it may be slightly over your budget. I have also heard nothing but good things about Fabarnak by Church and Wellesley but have never been personally. The Salad House at Cumberland Terrace at Bay and Bloor is known to have excellent salads, great value for money, but it could be only open for lunches.
Big Smoke Burgers is excellent for burgers, I would say one of the best places in the city to get burgers.