The best new cheap eats of 2017
These affordable new spots are holding it down for the discerning diner on a dime.
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
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