MOTHER'S DUMPLINGS 79 Huron, at Dundas, 416-217-2008
This spotless subterranean Chinese café specializes in delicious house-made Chinese dumpling and noodle dishes that are as much a treat for the pocketbook as for the taste buds, the most expensive priced at $4.95.
NARULA'S 1438A Gerrard East, at Craven, 416-466-0434
Ask the owner of any restaurant, regardless of price bracket, and he or she will tell you Tuesday is the slowest day of the week. To compensate, this Little India eatery offers Toonie Toosday, when the damage on its already bargain-basement Subcontinental street eats - masala-scented bhel poori topped with cracker puffs, aloo tikki chickpea fritters stuffed with creamy lentils - gets reduced to $2.
KATHY'S CORNER 139 Dundas East, at Mutual, 416-367-0645
For just a couple of ducats, Kathy's does a takeout order of Greek-style lima beans in dilled tomato sauce that makes a sensational supper coupled with a DIY salad and a good loaf of crusty bread.
CHINESE TRADITIONAL BUNS 536 Dundas West, at Spadina, 416-299-9011
Every day is Toonie Toosday at this modest Beijing-style café in Chinatown specializing in explosive pick-me-ups like jellied bean curd ($1.49) - hot silken tofu soup rich with slippery seaweed, swirled with salty shrimp, slivered scallions, chopped raw garlic, fresh coriander and a jolt of fiery chili oil.