Last week, while on business in the Eastern & Carlaw area, I stumbled upon Gale’s Snack Bar, an anachronism of a greasy spoon from another era in more ways than one. The small, rundown lunch counter with three cramped booths looks like something out of small town Ontario and serves what must be the cheapest food in Toronto.
The menu posted on the wall lists prices right out of the ‘70s. Club Sandwich – $1.95, Corned Beef on a Kaiser – $1.60, Fish & Chips - $2.75, Pie and Ice Cream - $1.15.
Now the prices and the look of the place would be quaint and amusing in themselves, but the food is actually quite good for what it is. I had the most expensive thing on the menu, a Hot Turkey Sandwich for the princely sum of $3.00 and it was great, with what seemed to be real turkey off an actual bird. Lunch for two, with tip came to $8.00.
Have any of you found other bargain joints like this around town?