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The top 10 new cheap eats in Toronto for 2015 (so far)

Eating out on a student budget doesn't mean you need to subsist on some fast food "value menu." This new class of eateries offers some pretty astounding variety; filling up on the cheap has never been so easy.

Here are my picks for the top new cheap eats in Toronto.

Otto's Berlin Doner
The house specialty at this Kensington Market spot is the doner stuffed with shaved meat, veggies and yogurt. For just $7.95 you'll almost cover all the food groups. A heartier more indulgent option is the currywurst over fries or salad for the same price.

Za Pizzeria
Scarfing down a slice need not be synonymous with greasy regret. This pizza parlour in the Annex serves up a rotating selection of fresh slices, including options like the classic margherita for $3, the Oh Canada (with maple syrup, bacon, and potato chips) for $4.25, and seasonal specialties like a grilled cheese and tomato soup themed slice for $3.75.

Apiecalypse Now!
All-vegan pizza and snack food is exactly what this Christie Pits establishment delivers. Stop by for a slice of Pepperphony ($3.20) or the Mac & Charlie ($4.25), then use the rest of your pocket change to indulge in one of their doughnuts.

Curry & Co.
This food court vendor at Yonge and Dundas serves up cheap Indian food. Thali combos ($7.49-$8.79) with rice or naan offer ample variety with a single order, but then there's also wraps ($6.79) and naan pizza ($4.99). Customize with a dozen hearty options including tandoori chicken, chana masala, and butter chicken.

Fresh East
This takeout spot across from the Ryerson Student Learning Centre serves deli sandwiches ($4.09 and up) while house specialties like falafel, shish tawouk or chicken shawarma start at $4.79 and can be had on a bun or in a pita. Flash your student card and get any 6" cold cut sub with a drink for $5.

Fresco's St. Clair West
Fresco's second Toronto location on St. Clair West offers the usual fried fish and chips ($11-$18) as well as an array of more wallet friendly foods including chili bowls (from $5), po'boys ($9), and poutine (from $4.50).

Veggie D'Light
Hearty vegan Caribbean food in Kensington Market comes in customizable wraps or combos from $6. Select from jerk seitan, curry chick peas, or split pea roast, over rice or quinoa pasta, then douse the whole dish with the fiery scotch bonnet hot sauce.

Baguette and Co.
This banh mi shop in the Junction Triangle offers four different sandwiches priced between $3 and $4. There's grilled pork, beef, chicken, or tofu to choose from, and then they'll dress it up with pickled daikon and carrots, pate, and fresh sprigs of cilantro.

Loga's Corner
Head to Parkdale to fill up on aloo momos ($1 each), parathas stuffed with curried potato and green onion (two for $5), and beef or veggie steamed dumplings (10 for $6).

Smoke's Weinerie
At Spadina and College, this poutine and hot dog chain serves up steamies (two at a time), standard dogs or footlong sizes done-up donair-style, like nachos or with pizza toppings at prices starting at $4.49.

What did I miss? Add your favourite new cheap eats in Toronto to the comments.

Photo of Otto's Doner by Hector Vasquez.


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