Toronto - Couple Cheap Recs?
Coming into Tdot for 4-5 days this weekend and I am looking for a couple cheap but good eats. I am also going to Montreal afterwards for a few days (and used to live there) so am looking to try foods that I can't have in Montreal/that Toronto do better.
Places that I used to eat at in Montreal (to name a few) are: Kazu, Romados, Qing Hua Dumplings, Bottega, Bombay Mahal, Rumi.
Places that I want to try while I'm in Toronto:
- Bahn Mi Boys
- Enoteca Sociale
- Banjara Indian Cuisine
Is there a good place for dumplings/XLB's? Same question for Korean BBQ? Middle eastern?
I also am debating where to go for Mexican? Last time I was in Toronto, I went to El Trompo and really liked it. Looking for something similar.
Staying in the Liberty Village area but will have access to metro/bixi so I am more than willing to travel for good food.
The octopus taco is retardedly good and anyone who visits Toronto without trying it is making a big mistake. Worth inquiring about the catch of the day (rotating seafood taco) and the ceviche has never disappointed. The agua frescas are likewise delicious. In case you can't tell I love it there
Middle Eastern - if you have a car, Al Tanoor in Scarborough is some of the best food of its kind I've had. (And I used to live in the Middle East.)
Indian - Moti Mahal (Gerrard, between Greenwood and Coxwell) won't win any prizes for ambience or decor, but the food is fast, cheap, and deliciously, explosively flavourful. A favourite.
Thai - Khao San Road is good, accessible, and not particularly expensive (mains c. $14). Sukhothai is also felt to be amazing - I've never been, so I can't say anything about it.
Sandwiches - Porchetta and Co. Everything you're looking for - tasty, not something I remember having in Montréal (although I left five or six years ago), cheap, fast, distinctive.
Regional American - Stockyards Larder and Diner. (Christie and St. Clair) Been many times, and have never had a bad meal there.
AVOID - anything "Montréal". Many of these exist here, but they seemingly exist only to separate people from their money. None of the Montréal/Québec specialties are worth eating here, IMO. (Which is okay, since many other things are better here.)
(Edit - I do occasionally weaken and have a poutine at Poutini's, though. The curds aren't as good, but the gravy is better (IMO) than many in Québec. The fries are also generally good.)