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As you know, I’m a sales rep and on the road throughout the GTA. This means, that I’m always on the lookout for something cheap and cheerful for lunch. Here’s a list of my top 10 cheap and cheerful restaurants in Toronto.

1. Mother Dumplings; I can’ stop ordering B8 which is boiled dumplings filled with bok choi, mushrooms and tofu. 12 pieces for $7.49. This makes me very very happy!!

Address: 421 Spadina Avenue

2. The Fish Sandwich Store; You pick the type of fish you want (that is lying on a bed of ice infront of you) and he grills it and then puts it on to a perfect roll.

Address: 654 College St.

3. Cheese Emporium; They make a simple simple grilled cheese sandwich on a simple sub style roll  – for $5. Cash and Carry. Note: hugely popular at lunch with high school students. Therefore, I  try not to go there exactly at noon.

Address: 1-245 Eglinton Avenue East.


4. Poutini’s: I love this place. That is all. (ps I was the 2nd customer when they first opened 2 years ago and so so proud of this fact)

Address: 1112 Queen St. West

Heaven!! Bonus - Veggie Friendly

5. New York Subway – this gem of a place closed for a year and I was SO SAD. I have been ordering the potato burrito for years. Note: they don’t serve subways here!! Plus – the burritos arent filled with beans and rice like a typical burrito.

Address: 520 Queen St. West

6. Dr. Laffa. Ive organized two tweet ups at this restaurant and I blogged about this restaurant as well- no need for me to explain my love for this place. Nobody is making Sabih like this restaurant.

Address: 401 Magnetic Drive

Sabih. Want. Now.

7. Mustachio; Love visiting this St. Lawrence Market stall to order my massive eggplant sandwich.

Address: 91 Front Street East, Lower Level

8. Cheesewerks: Perfectly grilled grilled cheese sandwiches in a stunning space that is LICENCED. Can you say beer and grilled cheese sandwiches? what a combo. I organized a tweet up right after opening nite – cause I wanted to share my love for this place with others.

Address: 56 Bathurst Street

9. One Love Vegetarian: You probably pass this restaurant all the time on Bathurst but have never gone in. I hope you stop the car one day soon and check out this awesome veggie restaurant that makes some great tasting food ie SOUP. You have to try their famous soup which has been on the food network!! ps impressive website too.

10. Last but not least…My  OWN Kitchen. Its not a restaurant but I can make some pretty good cheap and cheerful meals!!

What do you do for lunch. Do you bring your own? do you go to the same restaurant all the time? do you eat the same sandwich all the time?

Would love to know.

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7 Responses to “My Favorite Cheap and Cheerful Restaurants”

  1. Seymore
    February 2nd, 2012 at 15:37 | #1

    I have a few favourite places that are not on your list. I get a good reasonably priced breakfast at the Future Bakery on Bloor near Brunswick. Can’t beat the price and bottomless quality coffee. It got just the right number of people there for an early morning start.

  2. February 2nd, 2012 at 16:11 | #2

    In west end Ottawa if we want a delicious sandwich we go to the http://www.centrepointecafe.com/about.html
    Incredible sandwiches, they make them fresh in front of you. I always have mine grilled, as do 98% of all people. This is the one I get – without any diversion ever, its always the same sandwich TURKEY LOVER DELIGHT
    This is a weight watcher delight! Fresh sliced turkey, our own special sauce, and fresh homemade tabouleh. The lettuce and tomatos puts the finishing touch on this delightful sandwich. Worth the try if you are ever in Centrepointe Ottawa.

  3. patricia
    February 2nd, 2012 at 16:30 | #3

    one of my favorite and best cheap thai food is sukho thai on parliament and dundas AMAZING thai food

  4. lila
    February 2nd, 2012 at 17:35 | #4

    Thanks Vicki- a lot of these are new to me-and lots of veggie choices—YUMMM

  5. February 3rd, 2012 at 05:41 | #5

    I love Mother’s Dumplings too! We sometimes buy them and cook them ourselves at home. I love that they have some that are made with whole wheat or corn flour.

    For lunch though, my husband and I ALWAYS bring, rather than buy. My husband is happy to eat the same thing over and over (turkey, PB&J or hummus), but I prefer variety.

  6. February 3rd, 2012 at 10:22 | #6

    I love these types of joints – thanks for sharing! Now I’m hungry. Time for lunch…

  7. February 7th, 2012 at 15:46 | #7

    Nice list Vicky! I am hoping to do a similar blog post soon and will definitely have some of these ones on mine also!

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