Ron MacLean, broadcaster
The hot dog vendors at King and John are my choice. There are two other vendors near the CBC at Front and John. None of them ever fight over customers. I always enjoy a few beers, followed by a hot sausage.
Ron Mann, filmmaker
I work in the theatre district, so most of the restaurants are kind of pricey. The best deal I've found is the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Dhaba (309 King West, 416-740-6622). For $9.95 you get to choose from over 50 flavourful dishes. Plus, Dhaba has the best vegetarian selection anywhere. My absolute favourite is the the curry with okra and mushrooms. Save some room for the homemade rice pudding!
Jim Cuddy, musician
One of my two fave places to eat is Mimi's (218 Bathurst, 416-703-6464), the best breakfast in town and a great chili. The other is the Detroit Eatery (389 Danforth, 416-461-0136), for really well-made diner food in the old tradition of homemade food you might eat every day. It's stocked with Red Wings hockey memorabilia; wrong team, but still an entertaining atmosphere.
David Miller, mayor
My favourite place for an inexpensive meal is a tiny Thai place near City Hall called Thai Thani (179 Dundas West, 416-977-4712). You can get three items with rice for $8.50. The service is great, and all the food is delicious and healthy.
Ann-Marie MacDonald, writer
I love Sarah's Falafel & Shawarma (487 Bloor West, 416-975-9986). It's authentic Middle Eastern food, and I shoud know - my mother's Lebanese, and I don't want the fake stuff.
Colleen Hixenbaugh, By Divine Right
You ask, "Are you cheap?" How 'bout "Are you broke?" I'm a musician - need I say more? My fave cheap eat is the daily half-off lunch special at Fresh by Juice for Life (336 Queen West, 416-599-4442). It's always a surprise but never a letdown. Why? It's close to my house, it's green food. I can't afford the juice bar menu, but the half-off lunch menu works just fine (and so does my juicer at home).
Ron Sexsmith, 2005 Juno winner for songwriter of the year
I don't eat out very often, but when I'm too lazy to cook and want something cheap and cheerful, I head over to Terri's Garden BBQ Chicken (666 Queen West, 416-504-1019) for a quick takeout chicken dinner.
Tanya Kim, co-host, CTV's eTalk Daily
My favourite place is Esther's Soup Kitchen (2 Bloor West, Cumberland Terrace, 416-963-6667). It's owned and operated by really sweet Asian ladies and always has deliciously wicked homemade soups (with bread and butter) for under $6. They also make scrumptious curries with vegetables for under $6. The butter chicken is fabulous.