Avenue Open Kitchen – 7 Camden St ~ (416) 504-7131

Just south of Chinatown, tucked away on a side street in the Fashion District, lies one of Toronto’s best downtown diners. The Avenue Open Kitchen is a busy place most lunch hours, and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat in one of the booths or on one of the stools, you’re off to a good start.

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Your best bet is the Smoked-Meat Sandwich. Piled high atop your choice of rye, their homemade Brisket of either Pastrami or Montreal Smoked Meat is the main reason for the lengthy queue. Check the “Specials” board above the grill, as these sandwiches are offered up daily with the Soup Du Jour (…That sounds good…) for $8.50.

All-Day Breakfasts are another reason why this place is always packed. Omelets are made to order, with 3 eggs and choice of meat and sides, for less than $7.

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Other comforting diner favourites include Souvlaki and/or Pot Roast dinners, served with all the usual trimmings, for less than a Tenner including tax, tip and a drink.

Get there before or after the lunch rush, but make sure to get there. This hidden gem is a must-try if you’re craving reasonably-priced home-cooking during your work-week lunch break.

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