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$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).

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    1. re: Radha2009

      Agree with this suggestion... I think it is only open until 7pm though so might be hard to make it there in time for OP

      1. re: ylsf

        This is definitely interesting but unfortunately close before I finish... I'm done around 8. Nuts. But definitely a lunch if I'm in the area early.

        1. re: ylsf

          This place is yummy. A bit less in quantity than I'm used to but that's probably because of the food costs. I'd definitely return.

      2. have you found anything you actually like in the area? how about the pilot? spotted dick?

        1. King palace for Indian\pakistani food.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: peppermint pate

              I was looking of Pho Hung but unless I missed it, I think the Bloor location is now closed. Replaced by... wait for it... a condo construction site.

              1. re: Wandering Foodie

                Well, I definitely found it and it'll be officially closed tomorrow for the condos.

              2. re: peppermint pate

                Ichiriki is awesome, but you'd have to order carefully to fall in the $10-15

              3. 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.

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                1. re: katherine346

                  Thanks! I just tried Wow Sushi. It reminds me of Japango before Japango started being inconsistent. Also slightly over budget but maybe once in a while because I do like it.

                  1. re: katherine346

                    Good call, these are all must-trys. Probably my 4 favourites in the area. Fabarnak is the stand-out in terms of quality of cooking and ingredients for the price.