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10 new Toronto restaurants you can eat at for under $10

Eating out in Toronto for $10 doesn't mean you have to rely on snack foods and appetizers. There are plenty of places where you can fill up for real on big, sloppy sandwiches or satisfying bowls of noodle soup (tax and tip not included).

Here's where to eat in Toronto for less than $10.

Kub Khao
This Scarborough Thai restaurant features lunch specials like chicken pad Thai, fried chicken with sticky rice and pad woon sen beef, which ring in at $7.95 each. At dinnertime, you'll find a selection of noodles, rice dishes and curries for $9.95.

Beiruti Grand Cafe
This French-Mediterranean cafe offers an elegant setting and a surprisingly affordable menu. Get yourself a soujouk-topped flat bread for $9, fresh crepes for $10 (or less) and a sandwich with soup or salad starting at $6.

Wonder Chicken
For $9, you can grab a bento box at this Taiwanese fried chicken joint with rice, seaweed salad, a soft-boiled egg and either popcorn chicken or dried pork sausage. Or, spend even less money for boxes topped with braised pork belly or vegetable curry.

Magic Noodle
Here, $9 gets you fresh la mian (hand-pulled noodles) in bowls of beef stock with a medley of meats (pulled chicken, sliced beef, fried eggs, braised lamb and tripe). Or, go for daoxiao (shaved noodles) in soup with chunks of braised pork belly for $9.49.

Basil Box
This popular eatery at the base of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre serves customizable boxed meals for $9.45 each. Start with a base of salad, chilled rice noodles or rice and add on veggies, sauces, chilis, nuts and either lemongrass chicken, coconut curry tofu, five spice steak or chili lime shrimp.

Hastings Snack Bar
Do brunch on a budget, Polish-style, at this Leslieville snack bar. The two-egg breakfast with a Polish sausage, potato pancakes and rye bread is $9. Meanwhile, an order of cabbage rolls or eight pierogi costs $8.

Knuckle Sandwich
Nothing on the menu at this sandwich shop in East York tops $10. Fill up on a shrimp po'boy, a porchetta on a bun, a beer-braised brisket sammy, a salad or a meal-sized poutine.

San Cosme
This torteria carries a few sandwiches under the $10 mark. The hunger-crushing Del Chavo stacked with smoked ham, Oaxaca cheese, avocado and refrito is well worth its $9.75 price tag. Also noteworthy are snacks like elote (Mexican corn) and charros (bean stew), which are $3.75 each.

The Veggie Thali
Toronto's newest vegetarian Indian restaurant on Victoria Park sells their namesake thali for $8.99 but there's lots of other budget friendly offerings here including $5.99 hot table selections that include aloo gobi, dal makhni and dudhi channa dal.

Almighty Bao
Massive steamed buns, like the pork belly bao ($7) and the vegetabao ($6), are specialties at this tiny eatery inside the Churchill. Split an order of mighty fries with a friend and you'll still come in under budget.

Photo from Kub Khao by Jesse Milns.


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