Toronto has many fabulous restaurants and it can be very tempting to eat out than cook your own meals. Unfortunately, not all the restaurants are budget-friendly and eating out often will make your wallet feel lighter.
It can be difficult to know what to eat and where to find the cheap food. During my two years in Toronto, I have tried many restaurants and have found that, in certain restaurants, your meal can cost as low as $5.
Here are my lists of best cheap eats in downtown Toronto.
Every dish is priced at $4.95 all day every day. Featuring wings, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and appetizers, you will have a variety of dishes to choose from this restaurant and bar. Try their Works Burger with fries and look out for Taco Tuesday and Wednesday Wing Day.
Address: 410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S
This Argentine café brings hearty meals for affordable prices. Their yerba mate is $2-$3 ($3 if shared) and offers refills, and their homemade empanadas are crispy and juicy. The staff will talk to you about the ritual and the traditions of drinking yerba mate that will allow you to embrace South – American culture. This café also features sandwiches, café, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Address: 1078 West Queen Street, Toronto, ON M6J 1H8
Brazil Bakery and Pastry
They serve the best Pastels De Nata (Portuguese custard tart) in town, and it costs you next to nothing. In addition to custard tart, this bakery serves a variety of sweets, cakes, bread, vegetables, tea, coffee, and main dishes. I had a fish sandwich and a bottle of orange juice one afternoon and I paid only $7.50.
Address: 1566 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1T5
The Village by the Grange
This hidden food court at the corner of McCaul and Dundas West offers dishes from all over the world, and it is a wonderful spot to relax in the midday. They have tasty Korean plates for $3, as well as Indian and Thai combos for under $5. They also have food stalls that serve all-day breakfast, waffles, burritos, Japanese ramen, salad, and Greek food, but the food can hardly cost you $8. My favorite choice is a shrimp plate at the Pho Express, where they offer you rice, vegetables, meat and shrimp for $7.25, and they also have different flavors of pho.
Address: 53 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K8
Kung Fu Duck
If you need Chinese food, Kung Fu Duck is a perfect spot where you can get cold Chinese dishes close to home. It features duck necks, feet, chicken bones, beef, innards, bean curd, bamboos, and seaweed. They offer spicy and non-spicy flavors and they will put the items in Ziploc bags and small containers that are easy for you to take out. Their rice vermicelli with beef in duck soup is equally delicious.
Address: 419 Spadina Avenue, Toronto,ON M5T 2G6
The Xtreme Taste
This little Mediterranean restaurant often has queues stretching out to the front door, and it is a nice spot to have a tasty and cheap lunch. They have seafood platters for $5.99 and salmon and chicken platters for $4.99 each, which usually does not happen in most restaurants. They have falafel pita and chicken and beef shawarma for less than $5.00.
Address: 6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5
The Boil Bar
The Boil Bar is the go-to spot for my seafood fix. They have been serving various kinds of fresh seafood including shrimp, mussels, clams, crab legs and lobster, and yummy garlic source. The food comes in a plastic bag and you can grab and eat them with your hands, and dump them on the table.
Address: 664 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2A6
Please note that Kung Fu Duck and the Xtreme Taste do not have many seats available inside, so it is highly recommenedd you order take out.
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