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Cheap Eat of the Week: the coctel de camarones from Seven Lives

What says summer better than strolling Kensington Market on the weekend? If you’re looking for a refreshing snack, head to Seven Lives for its So-Cal-style Mexican eats.
June 24, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Ryoji’s house-made peanut tofu

How is a new izakaya in Toronto supposed to set itself apart from the rest? Ryoji, an export straight from Okinawa, Japan, offers both ramen and izakaya fare to the hungry Toronto public.
June 17, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: SpiritHouse’s hot donuts

There are few bars and restaurants in the city with a whisky list quite as robust as the one at SpiritHouse. And with a selection of new refreshing summer cocktails to go alongside the classics, there are at least a dozen great reasons to huddle into this Portland St. spot in the coming months.
June 10, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: A La Kitchen’s red bean soufflé

Strictly Shanghainese restaurants are few and far between in and around the city — usually, the cuisine is fused with food from other regions of China like Sichuan or Taiwan. But for great Shanghainese food, head up to A La Kitchen for soup-filled dumplings and other classics.
June 03, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Lisa Marie’s fresh tuna roll

Ole! Sure, that’s a cheer of sorts for the Spanish, but for Fidel Gastro (that’s Matt Basile) it’s a mantra, one that has launched him from being a “rebel without a kitchen” to a rebel with a food truck, a TV show and finally, as of last month, an actual kitchen.
May 27, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Fresh’s quinoa onion rings

I’m the first to admit that a meal at Fresh is rarely my first choice when it comes to deciding what to eat. While I believe in healthy eating, restaurants that overdo flax, chia, gluten-free or tempeh frighten me. Still, I found myself at Fresh last week, and I started with the Energy bowl ($10) with marinated tofu cubes, coconut curry sauce, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, red onion, sunflower sprouts and tahini sauce.
May 13, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: The Lakeview’s apple pie

The Lakeview Restaurant is one of Toronto’s most popular late-night spots, and of all the comfort foods on the menu — from 24-hour breakfast like eggs in a basket ($10) to classic diner fare like mac ‘n’ cheese ($12) — it’s probably the fresh-baked apple pie ($5.50) that is most satisfying at 3 a.m.
May 06, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Aroma Espresso Bar’s shakshuka

While spring has begun to show its colours, winter still taunts us and patio season is weeks away. So we can still sneak in a few more warming stews.
April 29, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Patria’s blistered peppers

Curtained and hidden away down a small walkway, behind dramatic black iron gates, Patria is not the easiest spot to find on King West, but it’s meant to be that way — like the many Spanish tapas and pintxos bars in Barcelona.
April 22, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel at L-eat Express

It was hard to ignore L-eat Express last week, with its free coffee each and every morning. But hey, it worked — and into the café I went for the very first time. When you step inside, the first thing you’ll notice is a tall metal rack with the day’s pastries, cookies and baked desserts. If only every morning could start, guilt-free, with one these delicious pastries and a whole milk latte.
April 08, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Rose and Sons’ bread pudding

We told you about Rose and Sons back in November, when it first opened and the lines for brunch were non-existent. These days, a brunch without waiting in line is still possible as long as you get in for 10 a.m., before all the Annex hipsters wake up.  
April 01, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: udon noodles from Guu SakaBar

With the awesome news that Guu now serves lunch (Monday to Friday, from 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.), you can satiate your need for izakaya fare and a pint of Sapporo midday — without the lineups usually reserved for dinnertime. 
March 25, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: a crispy, sweet dessert from Patisserie Royale

We’re back in Scarborough for this week’s Cheap Eat, where, just a few blocks from Diana’s Seafood, you’ll find the delicious Middle Eastern pastries at Patisserie Royale (a perfect dessert for the spicy chicken shawarma from Shawarma Empire, arguably the best in the city).  
March 18, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the crazy-fresh oysters from Diana’s Seafood

For some of the freshest oysters in the city, it’s worth making the trek out to Lawrence and Warden to visit Diana’s Seafood Delight. Though it may seem unlikely that some of the best oysters and seafood in the city can be found in Scarborough (spoken like a true downtowner), Diana’s Seafood has been supplying some of the city’s top restaurants for years.
March 04, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Thai-style tapas at Sabai Sabai

A couple of years ago, Khao San Road reinvented Thai food in Toronto. Now, Jeff and Nuit Regular (the ex-owners of Khao San Road) are doing it all over again (and then some) at Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar, located at Church and Dundas, just around the corner from Santouka.
February 25, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: a red velvet cupcake from Prairie Girl Bakery

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’re going with cupcakes. Because everyone loves cupcakes, even if they don’t want to admit it.
February 11, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the fried sesame seed balls from Dynasty Chinese Cuisine

As a kid, one of my favourite parts of Chinese New Year — celebrated this year on Sunday, Feb. 10 — was getting the red envelopes stuffed with fresh, crisp money bills, given to children by parents and married couples. Today, be it old age or simply nostalgia, I consider the meals at Chinese New Year to be the highlight.
February 04, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: Pho Phuong’s bánh xèo

Upon my return from a recent epic food adventure in Vietnam, it didn’t take long for the beautiful memories of homemade cabbage soup, beef pho and bánh xèo pancakes to begin to wear off. It’s times like these when I begin to search high and low across the city for anything that just might keep the flavour memories alive.
January 28, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: the Jamaican beef patties from Fahmee Bakery

Nearly every day, for seven years, I waited just outside the Scarborough strip mall at Brimley Road and Alexmuir Boulevard for the good ’ol Brimley 21 bus to go to school. And nearly every morning, I’d get hit with the waft of freshly baked Jamaican beef patties, cocoa bread and sticky buns from Fahmee Bakery & Jamaican Foods. If I couldn’t see the bus coming, I’d usually have no choice but to run in to grab a fresh, piping hot patty.  
January 21, 2013

Cheap Eat of the Week: a giant buttermilk biscuit from The Stockyards

Ever wake up on Saturday morning feeling peckish? It’s quickly become a proven fact in our household that the antidote is almost always The Stockyards. Just try saying no to a plate of biscuits with scrambled eggs, sage country sausage and gravy ($11), or fried chicken and Belgian-style waffles with a chili-maple glaze ($13) or the Stockyard breakfast sandwich ($7): a deep-fried, perfectly poached egg with bacon or sausage and aged cheddar.
January 14, 2013