Most things here appear to be about Toronto, but for those folks passing through or living in my home town here are couple of suggestions:
1. Crystal Dynasty. Corner of Cannon and Bay Street. Better than just about anything on Spadina, and the food is always fresh and tasty. The wor-wonton soup may be the best won ton soup I've had anywhere. The service is sometimes, shall we say, "indifferent", but that's the only negative.
2. Harbour Diner: 486 James Street North. Some folks on this board liked this place quite a bit under previous management. New owners have had it up and running for about 6 weeks. I've been for both brunch and dinner and it is awesome. I would love to see a place like this in Toronto, but I think the rent here would preclude their combination of low prices and awesome food.
The cajun crab eggs benny I had was outstanding, and the meatloaf, while still comfort food, is several cuts above the usual. Also, home made pie! And a full breakfast for $4. And Turkey Wings. Yay, Hamilton!
3. Mac Roni's: 1560 Main Street West. Solid, straight-ahead Italian that is again good value for the money. Frequently packed, my favourite item is the bruschetta on calabrese ring. This place is fresh and flavourful and consistent. It's not innovative, but it will always satisfy. Couldn't find a good web link...
Any other recommendations? Ben Thanh? 1010 Bistro? Tim Horton's?