The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto, 2012
The best new cheap eats in Toronto in 2012 provide exception to the rule that nothing in life comes good, fast, AND cheap. Fast casual concepts dominated the list with sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos, but unlike past years, not one gourmet burger, fried chicken or hot dog operation managed to crack the top 9, showing that Toronto has a penchant for fresh, customizable options influenced by a gamut of diverse flavours.
Predictably, there were a few new pizza joints on the list, but an array of gourmet sandwich shops proved that you don't need to break the bank to enjoy a quality meal.
Here is the list of the best new cheap eats in Toronto in 2012.
Every item on the Banh Mi Boys menu is habit-forming, and favourites like kimchi fries and pork belly steamed baos come in under ten bucks, together. Line-ups are to be expected and seating is limited, but luckily a second outpost is already in the works for 2013. More »
Kensington Market's Seven Lives is the closest thing to a taco stand that this city has ever seen. Run out of a tiny shared stall, there's standing room only (although you can enjoy them on the back patio in warmer months), but that doesn't deter patrons who consistently rave about the excellent value for these generously filled SoCal and Tijuana-inspired tacos. More »
This fuel station meets general store is perfectly situated for East-enders to grab quick breakfast options and Southern-style smokehouse sandwiches. Call ahead take-away makes for efficient service that only adds to the convenience of this unique Leslieville destination. More »
Nestled on Palmerston, just north of Queen, the prices here are on par with other pizzerias in the neighbourhood, but it's the exceedingly fresh toppings sourced from top quality ingredients that make these slices and pies stand out. The addition of a new bike delivery service starting January 8th gives extra reason to program their number into your phones. More »
This take-away sandwich shop is devoted to all things bacon, and at only two-months old, has already drawn steady line-ups of regulars eager to embrace the British-inspired menu. It features staples like the bacon butty and our own local specialty, the hogtown sandwich. More »
As the name suggests, gelato and pizza unite on the menu of this new Parkdale joint. Pizza is available with thin or deep dish crusts and the pies are assigned intriguing names such as the Bella Bellucci or the Bradd Pitt. A second location in Leslieville is in the works. More »
Keeping up with Toronto's insatiable appetite for pizza, this two-location pizzeria services Etobicoke and Woodbridge offering pick-up and delivery options that go beyond the basics. In addition to expectedly delicious pies (it's a sister to Queen Margherita Pizza, after all), there are fresh salads and a nutella mousse available to round out your meal. More »
This pop-up shop at Queen and Spadina is squatting until its location is turned into yet another condo. Until then, their menu offers thoughtfully selected flavour combinations like chipotle-braised beef short rib or Granny Smith's chicken caesar in your choice of format; sandwich, salad or poutine. More »
Situated at the corner of Dundas and Augusta, this gourmet sandwich shop rounds out this years list, with daily selections of housemade soups, sammies and salads, and a late menu that keeps it simple with all-time favourites like grilled cheese and PB and banana; bacon optional. More »