The venerable House on Parliament (456 Parliament, at Carlton, 416-925-4074) continues to be packed every Sunday evening for its $14.95 prime rib suppers, while nearby Big Mamma's Boy (554 Parliament, at Amelia, 416-927-1593) now offers unlimited mussels from Bill's Lobster in marinara sauce with house-baked flatbread for the same price Mondays.
Up the street, busy take-away Krishna (585 Parliament, at Amelia, 416-925-1939) offers $6 tax-inclusive thalis (kingfish in tomato gravy, smoky eggplant with chilies, and curried cabbage and potato over plain basmati rice, say) as well as uncommonly good three-for-$1 samosas.
Go go Govinda's
The least pretentious and perhaps most inexpensive eatery in Yorkville, Govinda's (243 Avenue Road, at Roxborough, 416-922-5415) has reopened in the Hare Krishna temple. Closed for renovations, the cavernous hall now sports a new marble floor and a truncated though still tasty vegetarian Indian lunch and dinner spread. The price? An eight buck donation, $5 for students Monday to Saturday, and free as part of the group's Sunday Feast.
Downtown, low-key Jules Bistro (147 Spadina, at Queen West, 416-348-8886) has just introduced a special sure to please the chic but cheap. Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 pm, the nearly 10-year-old trat does happy-hour steak frites for $12.95, a seared 8-ounce flank strip peppered with herbes de Provence, skinny sea-salted fries, house-made mayo and mixed greens in apple cider Dijon vinaigrette.