Food costs are going up, might as well have a Bang for the Buck thread.
While Emmer’s pastries and loaves are on the expensive side, the sandwiches mostly cost around $12. I recommend the breakfast sandwiches, the butty, the patty melt.
Potatoes or salad cost extra.
Grabbed a doner wrap on its own today, at German Doner Kebab. $12.79 before tax, bringing it to around $14.50 including tax.
I will visit Zaad soon to check the current prices of a shawarma , falafel or shish tawook wrap. It was around $8 or $9 last fall.
Mary Brown’s 2 piece chicken dinner, at around $12.79 before tax, including a pop, might be one of the better deals in town/across Canada right now. A 10 piece McNugget combo at McD’s was costing $13.99 plus tax last time I visited (Nov 2022). Mary Brown’s is so much better.
I tried So Famous in the Annex tonight, a take-out only Chinese restaurant that has a streamlined menu, that uses halal chicken.
I signed up on their website, agreeing to their offers, and by doing this, there are some menu specials, including a $13.88 deal for a main and side dish.
Some mains and sides have a premium of a dollar or 2.
I got a chicken stirfry and wok hai noodles, paying a premium of 1 dollar more for the noodles, bringing my dinner to $14.88 before tax.
I thought the food was great. Generous dinner for the price and one of the better take-out options on Bloor near Spadina.
If you are a walk-in and pay cash, they throw in a free drink.
Sausage and Egg Muffin at Emmer is $10 before tax and tip
I had 5 savouries from the Columbus bakery near Lady York on Dufferin: 2 empanadas, 1 cassava cheese pastry, 1 cheese buñuelo/ball, and 1 cheese stick wrapped in dough, and the total was $11.42 including tip. https://columbuswholesale.com/
Same types of prices at Ave Maria on Bloor west of Bathurst.
I think the chicken is fried to order as you have to wait for it to be prepared. The frying was certainly good, crispy and not oily. And it was real chicken breast, not a processed patty. Taste was a little bland, even with the sriracha mayo and fresh jalapenos. Toasted bun was decent. Pretty good deal overall for the price.
Of course the other thing we had to try is the Jolly Spaghetti ($7.99):
People may know that this is an adaptation of spaghetti bolognese, sweetened up with sugar and banana ketchup, with the addition of sliced wieners and very non-Italian cheese. I was expecting to not like it, but it wasn’t that bad. True the sauce is very sweet, like Heinz-canned-spaghetti-sweet. And the mixture of ground meat with wieners was odd. But the noodles weren’t overcooked. Nothing I might seek out again quickly, but certainly something I could tolerate if others wanted to have it.
Tamago sando (soft yolk egg salad) from Ohiru. $15 plus tax. Lots of food. They put some seaweed seasoning on the fries which I didn’t expect but I got used to.
I paid $21.99 for a cheeseburger with an $4.99 upgrade to a Caesar salad before tax at the Duke of York yesterday, and $21 before tax for a 13 inch 3 topping pizza at Blondie’s on Friday, to put this $15 brunch main at Ohiru into downtown Toronto lower end meal context.
With the closing of Rose’s, we lost our go-to banh mi option. So we finally decided to try Banh Mi Huy-Ki, on Gerrard near Jones. We sampled the assorted and the meatball. Each was $5 (cash only).
Our overall assessment: not bad but not as good as Rose’s. The sandwiches were a little lighter on the vegetable garnishes (carrot and daikon mix, cucumber, fresh cilantro). The sliced meats were fine, but the meatball was a bit blander.
We’ll try them again, mainly because I think they are our only local option. But we may travel further afield as we are aware that other places are favoured by various of you.