The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto, 2013
The best new cheap eats in Toronto from 2013 come from a mix of diners, take-out counters and casual eateries. Fast foods like burgers, smoked meat and things from the fryer are predictably well represented, but no longer is the term cheap eats synonymous with just junk food. New this year are an impressive bunch of fresh, health-conscious alternatives that are as nice to your wallet as they are on your waistline.
Here are the best cheap eats in Toronto for 2013.
This lunch counter and bake shop does sandwiches and soup during the day plus an array of freshly baked treats all for $10 or less. In the evenings there are complete take-home dinners like roast chickens or made from scratch stews that'll feed two to four for under $25. More »
This take-out lunch spot in First Canadian Place specializes in wheat-free and meat-free breakfast, lunch and dinner bowls. For $11 tax included the menu offers hearty meals with quinoa or rice packed with edamame, tofu, guacamole and other fresh fare. They have juices, coffee and gluten-free desserts too. More »
Sandwiches at this Bloor West shop range between $6.75 to $13 and include breakfasty options layered with peameal or strip bacon. At lunchtime the menu offers selections like crispy fried buttermilk chicken, pulled pork, vegetarian or seared tuna. More »
This West Queen West Juice Bar specializes in fresh pressed juices, smoothies, salads and grain bowls. Nothing on the menu exceeds $10, so the economical lunch options won’t have you turning your pockets out to pay. The choice is there to have multiple servings of fresh fruits, and veggies blended or tossed. More »
This classic kosher deli on Bathurst does smoked meat sandwiches piled on soft rye bread and all-beef burgers loaded with fresh toppings on challah buns. Generous portions make this menu ranging between $9 and $12 an especially good value. More »
Reviving the genre of old school Greek diners, this quick-service rotisserie near Trinity Bellwoods marinates and then layers pork and chicken gyros from scratch (no mystery meat here) and cooks them on a rotating spit. Gyro or souvlaki pita wraps go for $6.25 to $8 and come loaded with chopped tomatoes, red onions, fries and tzatziki. More »
This midtown Italian sandwich shop from the same team behind Black Camel offers deliciously cheesy, saucy options on a bun including veal, chicken, meatball, sausage, or portobello mushrooms. Each sandwich is priced modestly under $8.25. More »
This new burger shop on Roncesvalles makes its patties from fresh ground beef and loads them with top notch locally sourced ingredients and house-made condiments. Prices on the regular menu range between $7.25 and $17, but weekday combos with fries offered for an even 10 bucks are a steal. More »
This fry shop launched with a typical menu featuring battered and fried selections but proved major devotion to their Beach(es) community by adding a range of fresh-prepared salads and frozen comfort foods from Chef Jenny G. Fish and chip combos range from $8 to $14.50 and can be upgraded to include salad and dessert for a flat $8. More »