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The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto, 2012

The best new cheap eats in Toronto in 2012 provide exception to the rule that nothing in life comes good, fast, AND cheap. Fast casual concepts dominated the list with sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos, but unlike past years, not one gourmet burger, fried chicken or hot dog operation managed to crack the top 9, showing that Toronto has a penchant for fresh, customizable options influenced by a gamut of diverse flavours.

Predictably, there were a few new pizza joints on the list, but an array of gourmet sandwich shops proved that you don't need to break the bank to enjoy a quality meal.

Here is the list of the best new cheap eats in Toronto in 2012.

See also:

The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto, 2011
The Best New Cheap Eats in Toronto, 2010

Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys

Every item on the Banh Mi Boys menu is habit-forming, and favourites like kimchi fries and pork belly steamed baos come in under ten bucks, together. Line-ups are to be expected and seating is limited, but luckily a second outpost is already in the works for 2013.

Seven Lives

Seven Lives

Kensington Market's Seven Lives is the closest thing to a taco stand that this city has ever seen. Run out of a tiny shared stall, there's standing room only (although you can enjoy them on the back patio in warmer months), but that doesn't deter patrons who consistently rave about the excellent value for these generously filled SoCal and Tijuana-inspired tacos.

Leslieville Pumps

Leslieville Pumps

This fuel station meets general store is perfectly situated for East-enders to grab quick breakfast options and Southern-style smokehouse sandwiches. Call ahead take-away makes for efficient service that only adds to the convenience of this unique Leslieville destination.

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

Nestled on Palmerston, just north of Queen, the prices here are on par with other pizzerias in the neighbourhood, but it's the exceedingly fresh toppings sourced from top quality ingredients that make these slices and pies stand out. The addition of a new bike delivery service starting January 8th gives extra reason to program their number into your phones.

FBI Pizza Etobicoke

FBI Pizza Etobicoke

Keeping up with Toronto's insatiable appetite for pizza, this two-location pizzeria services Etobicoke and Woodbridge offering pick-up and delivery options that go beyond the basics. In addition to expectedly delicious pies (it's a sister to Queen Margherita Pizza, after all), there are fresh salads and a nutella mousse available to round out your meal.

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