Toronto is the capital of Ontario and a major city in Canada. Situated strategically along Lake Ontario, today it is a bustling metropolis and boasts a cluster of majestic skyscrapers such as the CN Tower. This Canadian city is also known for its green and open spaces in abundance including High Park, Queen’s Park, the zoo, and plenty of sports facilities and walking trails. Apart from its innumerable sightseeing choices, Toronto is also known for its happening and budget food scene and is truly a haven for the foodies. If you are interested to know more about the budget eateries, here is a list of some cheap eats in Toronto under 5 USD.
1. Square Boy
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One of the most trusted burger joints in the city of Toronto for many decades now, Square Boy is famous for their cheap and tasty burgers, souvlaki, and gyros. You are free to opt for your own preferred toppings when you buy a burger here. Some of the burgers are extremely cheap here and will cost you only about two bucks or so. You can also opt for gyros, which is another cheap item (5 USD) on the menu of this popular burger joint in the city.
Address: 875 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4J 1L8
Opening Hours. Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Sat - Sun: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Website: Square Boy
2. The Bagel House
If you are looking for authentic bagels in Toronto at unbelievably low-prices, you would not be disappointed at The Bagel House. The good news is they are now operating from several outlets in the Greater Toronto Area. So, you need to simply check the map and rush to your nearest branch. Some of the cheap options on the menu here include the bagel with butter (1.99 USD), bagel with cream cheese (2.75 USD), and the bagel with jam or peanut butter (2.49 USD). Drop in if you are looking for mouthwatering bagels, cream cheese, and lox among others.
The Bagel House
Address: 1438 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5
Opening Hours. Mon - Sun: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Website: The Bagel House
3. Porchetta & Co.
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Porchetta & Co. has created a name for itself in the city of Toronto as a preferred destination for its mouthwatering porchetta and fried chicken sandwiches among others. It has multiple locations in downtown so distance will not be a factor anymore. The restaurant serves delectable roasted potatoes, rapini, seasonal soups, and roasted potatoes among others, which are all priced below 5 USD. So, make sure, you have the place in your wish list while traveling to Toronto.
Porchetta & Co.
Address: 825, Dundas St West, Toronto On M6J 1V4
Opening Hours. Mon-Sat: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Website: Porchetta & Co
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4. The Dime
Welcome to The Dime, one of the most recent additions to the restaurant and bar scene in Toronto, known for its cheap dishes and an amicable ambiance. The good news is you can enjoy generous portions of all their food items priced at a modest 4.95 USD. Nibble on to avocado toast and sample the tempura battered cauliflower bites among plenty of other choices. If you are a vegetarian go for their famous Sunset Blvd Flat Bread while meat eaters can add chicken into this delicious stuffed baked naan at an extra charge.
Address: 538 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B5, Canada
Opening Hours. 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Website: The Dime
5. Banh Mi Boys
If you are looking for an excellent budget choice in downtown Toronto, you have arrived at the right place. Enjoy quality and delicious Vietnamese cuisines at quite an affordable price. The sandwiches here are out of the world and super fresh. If you are a vegetarian, there are a few great vegetarian choices too. Do try out the Kimchi fires, which are quite in demand here. You can also sample the Five-Spice Pork Belly Bao and Steamed Bao with pickled carrot, cucumber, and cilantro which are both priced at less than 5 USD.
Banh Mi Boys
Address: 399 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1S9, Canada
Opening Hours.Mon–Fri: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM, Sat: 11:00 AM–9:00 PM, Sun: Noon–7:00 PM
Website: Banh Mi Boys
6. Xtreme Taste
When you are in a hurry and need to refuel yourself promptly, look no further. This Lebanese restaurant was opened by Juliet Saliba in 2001 and has been offering delicious Mediterranean fares at reasonable prices ever since then. Sample beef-kabobs, veal, seafood, and a variety of salads at fair prices and experience cheap and yet healthier choices as compared to neighboring burger and pizzeria franchises. There is little wonder why you will find the place always crowded with innumerable lunch seekers. A number of pitas and platters can be purchased at less than 5 USD.
Address: 6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5, Canada
Opening Hours. Mon - Fri 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: Xtreme Taste
7. Seven Lives Tacos
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
If you are a taco lover and are in the city, a visit to the Seven Lives restaurant, Toronto is a must for you. In fact, you will find plenty of taco seekers are ordering for Gobernador, the signature dish of the restaurant. While there are other dishes such as cold horchata and Dole Whip floats which are delicious too, the taco menu is definitely to die for here. You can also opt for black pepper marlin taco or the Baja fish taco both priced at 5 USD here.
Seven Lives Tacos
Address: 69 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
Opening Hours. Mon-Sun: 12.00 PM - 8.00 PM
Website: Seven Lives Tacos
8. Schmaltz Appetizing
Housed in an ancient pharmacy in the city of Toronto, Schmaltz Appetizing sells all your favorite Chuchubs, smoked fish of the best quality, and a number of other Jewish bagels. You can not only order for fresh lox and bagels here but also shop for your grocery in a separate section stocked with fine local products. Also, have a cup of coffee, Kiva’s bagels, and a cornflake square, all for less than 5 USD.
Address: 414 Dupont St (Behind Fat Pasha)Toronto, Ontario
Opening Hours. Mon-Sun: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM
Website: Schmaltz Appetizing
9. Moo Frites
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This compact but cozy and budget takeout choice is situated in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The city badly needed an eatery like this and the shop specializes exclusively in delicious Belgian-style frites. The starting cost of a paper cone is under 5 USD and is available with your choice of any one dip. There are a number of home-made sauces and you will be completely spoilt for your choice.
Address: 178 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L8, Canada
Opening Hours.Mon-Thurs: 11:30 AM-8.30 PM, Fri-Sat: 11:30 AM-10 PM, Sun: 11:30 AM-8.30 PM
Website: Moo Frites
10. Sichuan Garden
A preferred spot in Toronto’s Chinatown, Sichuan Garden is famous for its authentic Szechuan-style dishes at fair prices. While you may not find the interior of this restaurant impressive at first sight, its delicacies compensate for that. Some of the popular items served here include chili sliced beef, meat platters served in a delicious black pepper sauce and a spicy frog recipe. You can also try out the Sichuan Pickles Vegetables Picked Vegetables that cost less than even 3 USD.
Address: 359 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G3
Opening Hours. Wed-Mon: 11.45 AM-10:30 PM (Tues closed)
Website: Sichuan Garden
Enjoy your meals in Toronto
The city of Toronto offers attractions for different kinds of travelers. Foodies can have a great time here sampling its thriving food scene. If you are in a dilemma of how to begin your restaurant hopping in this Canadian city, go through our recommendations on cheap eats in Toronto and enjoy an excellent vacation.
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