Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, meaning there are literally dozens of different cuisine types to taste.
A common misconception is that top-notch or gourmet foods are too costly for a frugal budget, but this is not the case. Below is a list of the top ten restaurants that you can afford without needing to resort to McDonald’s.
Come here for a unique dining experience with long, communal tables. Putting the word “salad” in the title was an interesting choice, considering they only have two on the entire menu. They offer Thai curries, noodles, soups and desserts with really large portions.
This 100% vegetarian Indian food restaurants looks like an average hole-in-the-wall type place in Rexdale (yes, it is worth the trip). Upon entering, you will realize just how wrong that assumption was. Brar’s offers authentic dishes for very cheap prices with containers ranging from small to double extra large. Get a container of this for a week and you’ll be set for lunch every day. Not to mention unbeatable 25 cent samosas.
When they say “big” sushi, they mean it. Each roll is huge and delicious; you might not even need more than one (especially when you order an appetizer). They have dishes like agedashi tofu, chicken yakisoba and bento boxes which are all great on their own, even without the giant list of specialty rolls. Located along Bloor by Bathurst, it might be easy to miss among the other sushi restaurants, but you’ll want to pay special attention next time.
Located right on Bloor by Islington station, Billy Jack’s has a lunch menu like no other. Whether you want blackened catfish, fried green tomatoes, Cajun tacos or chicken fried chicken, you can swing by and get any one of them for just over $10.
The name really says it all. Located by Keele station and open until midnight every day of the week, King Slice serves up whopping slices that take up two plates for roughly $5. You can take it home, get delivery or dine on the restaurant’s patio where you can put chili flakes, parmesan and olive oil on your slice. The garlic oil they put on the crust is just icing on the cake. King Slice is located on Bloor by Keele station and on Queen by Dufferin.
This reputable bakery serves up dishes like avocado, gorgonzola and walnut salad and chicken, brie and goat cheese pizza. The food is high-quality and the service is fast; you definitely get your money’s worth. They have two Toronto locations: one downtown on King, and the other in Etobicoke on Islington.
The average Torontonian has had a plate of nachos and a few pints from Sneaky Dee’s before. But the reason they’ve been put on this list isn’t for their late-night munchies, but for their brunch specials that ring up for under $10. They offer dishes like french toast, a vegan tofu scramble, eggs benedict and huevos rancheros until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday
Located right at Bathurst station, One Love offers all vegetarian Caribbean dishes such as callaloo and roti for under $10. The service is friendly and the menu is creative. One Love is best for take-out food since they have limited space indoors.
You know you’ve come to the right place when there’s a section of their menu entitled “More Tacos” for lack of space in the main menu. Seven Lives features Tijuana-style fish tacos and has a range of fillings from shrimp to octopus. Located on Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market, Seven Lives is a downtown staple for taco lovers.
BBQ Pork, Rice, Veggies, Soup, Green Tea, and Fortune Cookie for $4.25.
Comparing this to the price of a regular fast food combo, it’s less expensive and at a much greater value. Located right by Kensington Market on Spadina Ave., you’ll hardly be able to miss it.