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A guide to the best hidden snack shacks in Toronto

A martial arts–inspired hot dog cart and other lesser-known street eats worth their salt.
August 13, 2018

Battered Fish, the popular Halifax fish & chips shop set to open on Queen West.

The Battered Fish, a Nova Scotian quick, quality fish and chips joint, has set up shop on Queen St. W and is set to open next week.
April 30, 2015

Tim Hortons launches limited-time Nutella menu

For a limited time, Canadian Tim Hortons locations will have new treats on the menu that will feature the hazelnut spread.
April 15, 2015

Cheap Eat of the Week: the cupcakes from Desmond & Beatrice

’Tis the season.. for birthday parties, engagement parties, friends’ bachelorette parties and soon to come, holiday parties. Sure, you could be that friend who brings the veggies and dip or gluten, organic, dairy-free something or the other.
November 18, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the mango pudding from Tracy Dessert

Growing up at a Chinese dinner table, dessert was always a hard sell. The go-to for most restaurants is a red bean soup. Beans? For dessert? You’re furrowing your brow skeptically and my eight-year-old self would be in complete agreement but today, I’m a defender that Asian dessert doesn’t deserve the bad rap that it often gets.
November 11, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the kothu roti from Saffron Spice Kitchen

The next time you take a stroll along Queen West during lunch, try not to be enticed by the delicious, exotic aroma of traditional Sri Lankan fare wafting from Saffron Spice Kitchen (hint: it's nearly impossible). Although the place also serves up salads and soups, it’s the butter (or tandoori) chicken, curry lamb or the roti that will surely get your senses going.
November 04, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the peanut butter cookies from Me & Mine

Getting a table at a brunch restaurant in Toronto can often feel like you’re among feral hyenas fighting over a piece of antelope. So the peaceful, under-the-radar (for now) Me & Mine is a welcome treat.
October 28, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the pumpkin tiramisu doughnut from Jelly Modern

October is pumpkin month, and wherever you turn, there’s pumpkin-inspired something. Pumpkin spice lattes, roasted pumpkin soup or my favourite (and probably yours), pumpkin pie.
October 21, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: What A Bagel’s challah bread

OK, confession. I’ve only recently discovered the deliciousness that is challah. I know, I know. I blame it on growing up in a mostly Asian part of Scarborough. And while I’m sure die-hard challah fans will be able to nominate their favourite challah in the city, I have a soft spot for What A Bagel’s.
October 07, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Kanga’s Aussie meat pies

Finally, Aussie pies have arrived in Toronto thanks to a new local business called Kanga. And if, like myself, you didn’t know what Aussie pies were before you heard of Kanga, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
September 30, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Bonjour Brioche’s blueberry custard royale

In an effort to enjoy the last few weeks of beautiful biking weather (when it’s just warm enough to ride, but not so cold that your hands need mittens), we made a brunch stop out on Queen East. Riding down the extravagant Sherbourne bike lanes (can we take a second to just say how sad it is that there are so few of these in the city?), our destination, like many brunching east-enders’, was Bonjour Brioche.
September 23, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Rasta Pasta’s jerk chicken

If you head down to Kensington Market and walk by Rasta Pasta, there’s a good chance you’ll see co-owner Magnus Patterson making jerk chicken outside — using a black oil drum barbecue that reminds you of street-side vendors in the Caribbean.
September 16, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: The Whippoorwill’s peaches and cream dessert

It’s peach season — and I just can’t get enough. It doesn’t take much for a farmer to sell me a giant bucket of them, and I end up walking away with dozens more than I need. That means lots of peach cobbler, peach sorbet, straight-up peaches and, of course, the charming dessert from the south, peaches and cream.
September 09, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Rock Lobster’s whale tail

Sure, most people go to Rock Lobster for the lobster roll. And it’s not bad. It’s a bit too mayo-heavy for my liking, but I can’t say no to a full lobster supper, with fresh Nova Scotia lobster, butter, creamed spinach, mashed potato and biscuit. It’s normally $39 (and obviously not a cheap eat), but it’s $25 on Sundays, and that’s a deal anyone can get behind.
August 19, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the green onion pancake from Chinese Dumpling House

This week’s cheap eat is all the way up at Metro Square in Markham. As a teenager, there were many late nights spent here, upstairs in the arcade (when smoking inside was still allowed), gossiping over cheesecake at Cafe Mirage or sipping on this “new” Taiwanese drink (bubble tea) at Ten Ren’s Tea Time (now Serissa Cafe).
August 12, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Koyoi’s Japanese-style poutine

Opened in 2009, Koyoi is one of only a few pre-Guu izakayas in Toronto (yes, apparently izakayas existed in the city before Guu). Tucked away from busy Yonge Street on Irwin Avenue, it’s a neighbourhood spot that also draws a younger university crowd for its very affordable price point.
July 29, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the b’day cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar Toronto

After months of rumours (and months of denying those rumours), Momofuku announced the opening of its newest Toronto venture last week: Milk Bar. As the uber popular dessert branch of the Momofuku empire, Milk Bar boasts multiple locations in New York City, all of them supplied by the Milk Bar bakery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (where Toronto’s supply also comes from — it’s shipped in by UPS).
July 22, 2013

It’s hot enough to fry a grilled cheese sandwich on the sidewalk — literally

This week has been hot enough to literally fry stuff on the sidewalk. In Death Valley, lovers of rogue literalism have been getting so carried away with their curbside cooking that officials had to put out an official kibosh.
July 18, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the ice cream sangwich from The Burger’s Priest

The lines haven’t slowed since the newest Burger’s Priest opened on Queen West over a month ago, but hey, who wouldn’t wait in line for a burger stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches?
July 15, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Italian cookies from King West’s newest bakery, Forno Cultura

Recently opened on King West beneath Wvrst, Forno Cultura brings its authentic Italian bakery concept to the city. The bakery is led by Andrea Mastrandrea, who previously provided goods to Alimento Fine Food Emporium (which has since closed, and is now Cibo Wine Bar).
July 08, 2013