Save Your Loonies to Eat at One of Toronto's Best Value Restaurants

Sometimes, when we think of a good value deal, we imagine something cheap. A dollar store item that works for one use and then is discarded. When it comes to food, however, we want our good value to stretch beyond the experience of fork to mouth. We want to feel that our money was well spent and that there was quality at a lower price bracket.

Toronto is filled to the brim with markets and foodcentric neighbourhoods, from the ubiquitous St. Lawrence Market in Toronto to the ever-so-cool Kensington. You could buy items that are $1 and snack your way through the city, or do as the French do and grab a great loaf of bread from one of Toronto's many exceptional bakeries, pair it with cheese, and call it dinner.

If you decide you want to go out for dinner without breaking into triple digit territory, the 10 Toronto restaurants on this list span the culinary spectrum. Some of them are very casual and will enable you to eat divinely off of a piece of parchment (we're looking at you, Bahn Mi Boys). Others will justify a night out and will fill you more than you thought was possible for $10, like Ethiopiques Ethiopian Restaurant. (Just hold back on ordering extra injera for your own good.)

Get out your loonies and toonies. A great meal doesn't have to be a significant financial commitment, but it sure has to be good.

Ethiopiques restaurant is a great place to go if you have a serious hunger that needs to be dealt with. Portions are enormous and every dish is hearty. Authentic Ethiopian cuisine is handled expertly, and there is no need for cutlery with light...  Read More


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Montreal's smoked meat fits in well in Toronto, with this popular deli on College Street. Hand-smoked and hand-cut, the attention to detail results in a sandwich that is on every meat-lover's "must eat" list. Zane Caplansky taught himself how to...  Read More

The general mathematical rule is that the more kale a Toronto restaurant has, the more expensive it will be. Healthy doesn't have to break the bank now that Kupfert & Kim have set up shop right in the heart of the financial district. Healthy...  Read More

High Park/Roncesvalles

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A sausage in a bun may not make the list of things you get excited about. Well, you would be in a minority in Toronto, as people get serious about what they have for lunch. Sorella Toronto is located in the Junction and specializes in spicy...  Read More

When The Burger's Priest opened in 2010, it catapulted in popularity. Now three restaurants in, there is a cult following, because Torontonians love nothing better than overpopulating a new hot spot. Luckily, the service is quick and even if it...  Read More

Queen West

If you are looking for a unique twist on a filling Vietnamese sandwich, you certainly can't go wrong with Banh Mi Boys. Right on Queen and Spadina, the sandwich shop takes the Vietnamese construct and gives it multicultural twists, from Korean...  Read More

Vegetables have known for awhile that they are versatile. They didn't have to be placed in the salad box. Veghed is a small takeout restaurant in Toronto's Little Portugal area that explores the dimensions and possibilities of vegetables. There...  Read More

Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos
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The business of tacos is serious business in Toronto. Bloggers and food writers argue endlessly over where the best shell is in town. High on many lists is the small and always busy Seven Lives taquería. Patrons spill onto the street in all...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney