Yes, that's quite a lot of tasty food for only six bucks.

Yes, that’s quite a lot of tasty food for only six bucks. The Chicken Souvlaki at The Dock Ellis on Dundas West.

Infamous Dundas West Sports Bar The Dock Ellis  (1280 Dundas West, at Dovercourt) has some terrific $6 lunchtime specials on every weekday throughout the summer. I happened to be passing the other day and glanced at the chalkboard boasting of a Chicken Souvlaki for six bones. Being somewhat peckish (and thirsty for Beau’s Lugtread) I simply couldn’t resist.

Despite the ongoing Euro brawling football being broadcast over the many screens in there, I was surprisingly the only customer at 1pm on a Wednesday afternoon. Nevertheless the always-welcoming staff made me feel right at home, and heartily encouraged me to try out their daily special.

I was most impressed when it arrived. As you can see from the picture above, that’s a lot of food for $6, and it was extremely well-executed: A soft warmed pita, layered with fresh iceberg lettuce, seriously juicy garlic-marinated chicken, crispy fries, crumbled feta, parsley, and a little squeeze of lemon. Perfect. Add a pint of Beau’s and a tip and you are in and out for $17. I don’t think that one could find that kind of value anywhere else in the city?

They have different $6 specials each weekday, from a fried chicken sandwich on Mondays through a black bean and tofu burger every Thursday, to fish and chips on Friday. I’d give them a ring to find out what they are running, just in case you were after something special.

Jamie Drummond

Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he’ll be back!