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Top 10 Inexpensive Restaurants

Kathleen Dec 15, 2003 10:08 AM

I have a tendency to randomly select restaurants because of hunger, so I'm trying to come up lists of dependable restaurants. I'm going to break them down into 3 groups: Inexpensive (most mains under $30), Mid (mains $30 - $75) and Expensive (mains $75+).

Also, I rely on the TTC, so it's got to be downtown or easily accessible from the subway lines.

I'm looking for recommendations for the Inexpensive list first.

So far I have (in no particular order):

Debu Saha's Biryani House
The Palace

What do you recommend?

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    Vinnie Vidimangi RE: Kathleen Dec 15, 2003 01:59 PM

    Instead of Boujadi, Lakasbah, Bathurst and Ranee (between Lawrence and Wilson). Also Morrocan, a labour of love by husband and wife, Interesting, authentic (?) charming decor, very tasty and refined cooking, ask what is fresh in the tagines. In Entertainemnt coupon book!( new restaurant, first year)

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      Jonathan C RE: Kathleen Dec 15, 2003 03:03 PM

      The lunch buffet at Little India (Queen West between University and John). I must confess that I generally avoid buffets but this is one exception. The buffet is not large (much smaller than is typical for an Indian buffet). However, what the restaurant lacks in size, it more than makes up in terms of quality. Really great butter chicken, vindaloo, tikka masala, etc. The menu varies a little but the quality is invariably very good. I generally go on Sundays and I have always had the same waiter, a very nice and attentive young man. Go try it out. You'll only be risking $8.95.


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        SacredKow RE: Kathleen Dec 15, 2003 07:41 PM

        Your definition of Inexpensive is rather generous (most mains under $30), I think you also need a Cheap category (mains under $15). In any case, here are a couple of Inexpensive ones in the UofT area:

        Mata Hari, on Baldwin St.
        Hart House Gallery Grill, on campus (lunch only)

        and some favourite Cheap ones, same neighbourhood:

        Saigon Palace, Spadina just south of College, West side
        Lee Garden, further down Spadina, East side
        Indian buffet on Baldwin (not Jodhpur, the other one)
        Mt. Fuji on Baldwin

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          estufarian RE: Kathleen Dec 16, 2003 10:32 AM

          See this discussion

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            jessie RE: estufarian Dec 16, 2003 07:25 PM

            ...and here...

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            Frank RE: Kathleen Dec 16, 2003 12:33 PM

            What's your definition of "mains" ? If we're on the same page, then places like Canoe, Bymark, N44, etc. are in the mid-priced category.

            Please clarify...

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              RiverDALE RE: Frank Dec 24, 2003 05:03 PM


              Obviously if the restaurants you mention are in your repetoire, then this posting really doesn't apply to you. But thanks for your thoughtful question, anyways.

              My vote goes to anything in Little India and some of the Greek restaurants on the Danforth.

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              airsy RE: Kathleen Dec 16, 2003 02:03 PM

              I'm going with defining cheap as <$15 in total and inexpensive being between $15-$30. I will try not to include any soley take out places in my cheap list but some of these places are better for takeout even if there are a few tables. Also most of these places are on the west/downtown side:


              1. New York Subs (Queen/Bathurst)
              2. Gandhi's (Queen/Bathurst)
              3. Cafe 668 (Dundas/Bathurst)
              4. Salad King (Ryerson)
              5. California's (Claremont/Dundas)


              1. San (Queen/Bathurst) - Korean/Japanese
              2. Kei (Queen/Ossington) - Malaysian
              3. Nataraj (Bloor/Spadina)- Indian
              4. Dos Amigos (Bathurst/Dupont) - Mexican
              5. Terroni

              Link: http://reviews.degrassi.ca

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