Joy Bistro, 884 Queen East, at Booth, 416-465-8855
Since changing hands a few months back, this popular Leslieville brunch spot has won a whole new set of fans. Whereas before regulars flocked for variations on eggs Benny, now they make a beeline for ex-Jamie Kennedy-sous Bryan Burke's recession-proof prix fixes. At weekday lunch, there's a daily changing $19 three-course special, while Thursday through Saturday, his three-course dinner goes for $35. Sunday to Wednesday, the deal gets even sweeter with the likes of beet and chèvre salad followed by lamb shank gnocchi and pumpkin brûlée going for all of $25. At these prices, it doesn't pay to eat at home.