Students at the University of Toronto
know how to eat on a tight budget and an even tighter schedule. These great restaurants serve up some of the tastiest (and wallet-friendly) food within walking distance of the university.
El Furniture Warehouse
On top of a fun dive vibe with a great playlist and quirky deco, everything on this classic pub menu is under $5. There’s something for everyone including juicy burgers, poutine, fresh salads, and even perogies. The portions are decently sized and tasty.
El Furniture Warehouse, 410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 350 7326
Pig Out BBQ
Looking for some traditional comfort food? Head to Pig Out BBQ, an awesome inconspicuous barbecue joint where you can grab a meal under $10 or order a huge platter for sharing. Only a five minute walk from Robart’s Library and open until 10pm, it is a must for indulgent post-studying feasts. In addition to juicy BBQ sandwiches, ribs, and wings, their mac & cheese side is absolutely mouthwatering.
Pig Out BBQ, 650 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 792 6120
The Original Gyro Grill
This is a great place for a casual meal that is delicious, fresh, and satisfying. The OG grill’s pitas are perfect for portable meals and their salads make a great healthier option. Many of their dishes, including the hearty gyros are under $10, and the yam fries with gyro toppings is an incredible twist on traditional french fries.
The Original Gyro Grill, 4 Walmer Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 923 0700
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Fat Bastard Burrito Co.
Decently priced, satisfying burritos, quesadillas, bowls, and more served up with unique flavours that can’t be found at any other burrito joint in Toronto. Offering fillings such as baked yam, sweet chilli thai, and butter chicken make this a burrito experience like no other. And as much as college students love noodles, Fat Bastard offers noodles as a unique topping option as well, so you don’t have to decide between these delicious burritos or another night of ramen, especially considering their very reasonable prices.
Fat Bastard Burrito Co., 11 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 352 5656
Crêpes à GoGo
Crepes à GoGo offers creative ingredients and combinations, such as their “signature” Big Ben with mozzarella and raspberry jam, as well as classics like hazelnut, chocolate, and fruit. After tasting this addictive French snack, it will be a relief that many of their delicious options are under $10.
Crêpes à GoGo, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 519 7046
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Located in the upscale Yorkville area, this little 50’s diner is a pleasant surprise that takes diners back to simpler times. Flo’s Diner serves up hot comfort food that can be a great reminder of home cooked meals after long months of university residence cafeterias. You can’t go wrong with Flo’s delicious milkshakes and traditional diner fare, including hearty breakfast food and towering sandwiches.
Flo’s Diner, 2nd Floor, 70 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 961 4333
Traditional Canadian comfort food reinvented in creative ways for a quick and satisfying bite, Poutineville is open until 11pm; perfect for a post-class meal or pre-all nighter brain food. They also have a speciality poutine called “hangover cure” loaded with meat, cheese, gravy, and topped with a fried egg that could be a lifesaver for Sunday brunch.
Poutineville, 296 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 349 2345
Salad Days is a quick little lunch spot serving one of the best salads in Toronto. Their market-fresh vegetables and various protein options come at outrageously good prices, with almost all their menu items under $10. A crowd favourite is their lunch special which included grilled chicken breast, greek salad, mashed sweet potato, and more, all for $6.45.
Salad Days, 20 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, Canada
Diabolos' Coffee Bar
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Canadian, Coffee
Diabolos’ Coffee Bar
Nobody knows the importance of having great coffee as close to your 8am class as possible better than a university student. That’s why Diabolos’ Coffee Bar, created for and by students of UofT, is one of the best places to get your caffeine fix as well as some great snack options on campus. It is located in a convenient location at the centre of campus making it a great spot to immerse yourself in the culture of UofT.
Diabolos’ Coffee Bar, 15 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 978 8084
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Fresh On Bloor
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Fresh On Bloor
Fresh on Bloor, which, began as a traveling juice bar, opened its Bloor Street shop to cater to vegans and vegetarians. Expect loads of satisfying and tasty options that laugh at the idea that a healthy meal has to mean boring food. Their food is made from scratch with wholesome ingredients that don’t use any animal by-products in their preparation.
Fresh on Bloor, 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 599 4442
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