The best new cheap eats of 2017

These af­ford­able new spots are hold­ing it down for the dis­cern­ing diner on a dime.

NOW Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - By NATALIA MANZOCCO

Feed It For­ward

Jag­ger Gor­don’s ship­ping-con­tainer soup bar has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the cheap­est spot on this list – in fact, ev­ery­thing’s free. Gor­don buys soon-to-be-dis­carded gro­ceries in bulk and trans­forms them into steam­ing bowls of good­ness, with still-fresh do­nated bread avail­able on the side. The stand is sub­si­dized by pay-what-you­can do­na­tions, and ev­ery $2.50 equals an IOU chip that some­one with­out funds can exchange for a free meal. 707 Dun­das West, at Bathurst, feed­it­for­ward.ca

Harry’s

When the Petropoulous broth­ers re­tired last year, they sold this ven­er­a­ble Park­dale greasy spoon to Grant Van Gameren and Nate Young on the con­di­tion that they main­tain the diner’s in­tegrity. It’s safe to say they up­held their end of the bar­gain: prices budged mod­er­ately post-takeover, but the only nod to splashy moder­nity on the menu is av­o­cado toast, which some­how sells for a bar­gain $6 – hey, you might be able to af­ford this and a house! “Harry’s Usual”, a ba­sic two-egg break­fast, will set you back $8.50, and the ba­sic burger with fries, though lamentably no longer $6, is still money well spent at $12.50. 160 Springhurst, at King West, har­ryschar­broiled.com

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