The top 10 new cheap eats in Toronto for 2016 (so far)
Cheap eats in Toronto only count if you're full when you finish your meal. These restaurants don't just do small plates; rather, they deal in wholesome entrees, big sandwiches, and hearty food that satisfies without totally depleting your wallet.
Here are the top new cheap eats in Toronto for 2016 (so far).
When The Pig Came Home
This deli in the Junction is home to $5 peameal sandwiches that come stacked with rounds of house-cured, nitrate-free pork loin on a soft, fluffy bun. Add on cheese, a fried egg or an extra strip of bacon for just a dollar more.
This casual Korean spot in Kensington Market serves scratch-made snack food. Find an array of dishes, including kimchi fries, spicy KFC (Korean fried chicken) and hearty rice bowls topped with chicken, beef or pork for $10 or less on the menu.
Moroccan street food is the specialty at this eatery on College Street. Here, the mixed grill and tangine meals will cost you $13, but there's also a range of affordable sandwiches for $9 or less that includes options like merguez sausage, lemon chicken and braised beef.
Lunch specials for $9.95 are a big draw at this Thai restaurant at Yonge and Sheppard. They come with spring rolls and soup along with your choice of pad thai, crispy basil pork belly or Masaman curry beef.
Hastings Snack Bar
Hearty Polish comfort food is on the menu at this Leslieville luncheonette. Look forward to complete Polish breakfasts from $9, cabbage rolls for $8, build-your-own sandwiches from $8 and rotating daily specials all made by bonafide Polish grandmothers.
Torteria San Cosme
This taco-less Mexican eatery deals in tortas stacked with meat, beans, cheese and veg on pan telera. Prices hover around the $10 mark for each massive sandwich, while hearty sides like elote (street corn) and charros (stewed beans) are $5 or less.
This takeout curry house on College serves customizable meals from $8.99. Choose your base (rice, salad or noodles), meat (chicken, beef, pork, tofu or shrimp) plus curry and toppings.
Big Beef Bowl
This noodle house in Willowdale does hand-pulled Lanzhou-style noodles. Here, pocket change buys starters like the spicy corn with cheese ($3) and king oyster mushroom skewers ($2), while bowls of beef and noodles start at $8 .
Classic, griddle-smashed burgers and fried chicken on a bun are dressed with only the essentials at this indie fast food joint in Little Italy. The most expensive thing on the menu is the double cheeseburger, which still comes in under $10.
What did I miss? Add your favourite new cheap eats in the comments.
Photos by Jesse Milns and Hector Vasquez.
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