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The Best of the Newer Cheap Eats Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / May 2, 2008

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The restaurant business in Toronto, much like in most cities the world over, can be a relatively volatile scene. Old favourites continue to shine, but some also suffer sad, seemingly untimely deaths. Some new places open and within a few months fail, while others become thriving, trendy hot spots within no time at all.

This diverse list of some the best of the newer restaurants in Toronto (those that opened in 2007) in the cheap eats category (entrees under $15) highlights those that garnered the attention and adoration of diners who come hungry and leave satisfied.

All are deserving of a congratulatory nod. If you haven't yet given them all a try, perhaps a mini Toronto "cheap eats circuit" is in the cards.

Lead photos left to right by Frank and Jerrold respectively.

Banjara

Banjara

Banjara brings generous portions at great prices to the Christie Pitts area. This new Indian restaurant features flavourful vegetable curries (the Chana in particular has tickled our fancy) smooth and spicy paneers, and fresh Naan. Word has it their butter chicken is a must have as well. More »

Ravi Soups

Ravi Soups

When you think about the corner of Adelaide and John, soup is probably not the first thing that comes to mind ? unless you?ve experienced RaviSoups, that is. The ?soup master? purees lentils, artichokes, mushrooms, and other fine ingredients to create gourmet soups that make it a hot destination for a quick and healthy lunch. More »

Discussion

16 Comments

Brandon / May 2, 2008 at 11:11 am
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It's too bad Yu Shan changed their name, in return it didn't make them that great anymore.
Greg / May 2, 2008 at 11:18 am
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As far as I understand it, the folks at Yu Shan were also the landlords, and the restaurant started as a way to fill the space. Then they began being approached by people wanting to rent the space. They decided that they'd turn it over.

From what I gather, this just means Yu Shan is on hiatus for now.

So yeah, different owners. Menu changes completely today. And the food is nowhere near the same quality.
Gloria / May 2, 2008 at 03:21 pm
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Still need to hit up Goed Eten. It's just that every time I volunteer the idea of savoury waffle sandwiches, everyone thinks I'm insane.
frank / May 2, 2008 at 03:52 pm
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i'll go with you Gloria ;o) i wrote the BlogTO review and will swear to my dying breath that they're some of the best, most outstanding, tasty sandwiches ever. if it helps at all they're pressed on the waffle press but they're actually made from brioche so they're only incidentally sweet from all the butter used to make the bread that gets all golden brown when grilled. Damn, now i'm totally hungry...
Ray / May 2, 2008 at 05:04 pm
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The subject grabbed my attention and then I see the first entry and realize we have a very different idea of cheap. Should I read further or will I just find more of the same?
jack / May 2, 2008 at 09:39 pm
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i think i make the best dumpling...
Mark / May 3, 2008 at 10:09 am
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Ray: I had the same reaction. I was thinking it would be a list of amazing $2.99 breakfast diners and such. I'm really happy Cora's is on the list, though. Everyone should check it out.
Tim / May 3, 2008 at 04:47 pm
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The purpose of this post was to highlight spots $15 or less so agree that the title may be a bit misleading. Also, we removed Yu-Shan as it is has now been converted to a new restaurant.
The Beerad / May 3, 2008 at 05:23 pm
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What's with the west-side bias?
Randy / May 4, 2008 at 05:23 pm
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What, no Tulip or Bene's? Both are at Queen and Coxwell, and both are great(and soooooooo cheap!)

Liz / December 11, 2008 at 02:30 pm
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We eat regularly at KHMER THAI at 1018 St. Clair West (a few blocks east of Dufferin). Our typical order:

4 spring rolls
1 Tom Yom soup
1 main course

Total cost about $25 - for 2!

Everything is always fresh and the quality is consistent.
OrdinarySomething / January 20, 2010 at 06:05 am
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It was certainly interesting for me to read this post. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.
Ciara McEvoy / April 21, 2010 at 11:12 am
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Oh my god no. I got the worst meal ever at the Tulip at Queen and Coxwell. I had heard good things. So I put it down to an off day and went back with my boyfriend and got an even worse one again. So never darken that door again!
Isabella replying to a comment from Gloria / July 23, 2010 at 02:11 am
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screw everyone else.
Isabella replying to a comment from Gloria / July 23, 2010 at 02:12 am
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screw everyone else
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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The subject grabbed my attention and then I see the first entry and realize we have a very different idea of cheap. Should I read further or will I just find more of the same?

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