ISO Cheap and Cheerful near George Brown College
- morrigan Feb 12, 2008 05:05 AM
I'm doing a weekly night school (wine tasting) course with my husband at GBC. It starts at 6:30pm and it's really hard to fit in eating between work and drinking multiple samples.
Can anyone suggest a restaurant between Yonge and King and Sherbourne and Adelaide that isn't too pricey and serves quickly enough to be in and out in about 45 minutes? And hopefully has halfway decent food too. I know that's probably a tall order, but I'm entirely open as to cuisine...fast food is okay too, as long as it's not McDonalds, etc.
I had the same challenge when I took the course a few years ago. Ended up having a bite to eat at the bar at the dearly departed Montreal Bistro.
Just to the east of Sherbourne on King is Zoulpy's deli, not sure of the hours but you can check them out.
Also, not been there myself, but there's an old-school diner on King called Patrician Grill.
219 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA
Zoulpy's Deli Restaurant - duplicate
244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA
I live in the area and agree that it's a tall order! The one place I can think of is the Hot House Cafe at Church and Front. I've been there only once, and the food was basic but ok. They seem like they can serve quickly as well. II would definitely recommend AVOIDNG Jason George (Front & Jarvis). How this place can even get a basic brunch wrong, I'm not sure. The immediate area around GBC is not the best for food, unfortunately....good luck!
Surprised to hear that about Jason George... it's been one of our regular haunts for brunch and the occasional dinner for years, and I've never had a bad experience. Nothing to get super-excited about, sure, but for for a neighbourhood place I've always found it very a reliable and decent option. Their cheap burger night (I think it's tuesdays) is a great deal, too.
Great idea...but they only serve dinner Wednesday through Friday according to TorontoLife. I will be checking the ummm...rest of the internet to be sure of that, but I'm wondering about back ups...
I suppose if all else fails, there is that sushi place across from the King Eddy...and the sushi place at Jarvis and Adelaide... We are coming from the north west, so Hot House would be a last resort...:).
I work right behind GBC (on Richmond) so I'm pretty familiar with offerings nearby...however, I've only ever had lunch in these places.
Sherbourne & Richmond has King Palace, a nice Pakistani/Indian place which is open late (possibly 24 hours?). Food is already prepared and heated for you....this is more of the fast food variety but good quality. It's been mentioned several times on this board.
Richmond & Sherbourne has the Richmond Rogue, good food but they VERY recently went through a menu change...haven't tried out the new offerings.
The George St diner on Richmond & George - limited menu but fast and decent quality.
On King right around Sherbourne/George is a Subway, a noodle place (haven't tried) and Naz's Falafel (no good, stay away). Also Zoulpy's, which I haven't tried, and a few other restaurants/diners on that strip.
I'll think of a few more and get back to you!
If you want quick, cheap and cheerful, check out Churrasco of St. Lawrence, just on the inside of the furthest right entrance to the St. Lawrence South Market. If the door is locked (technically the market closes at 6) just knock, the guy told me last week he stays open until at least 6:30. Amazing BBQ chicken with hot sauce and potatoes. You'll never look at Swiss Chalet the same again. A 1/4 Chicken with potatoes and an Orangina should run you around $8. There are tables around that you can sit at too.
If Front/Jarvis is ok, another good bet is Market Fresh (a.k.a. Cafe Asia). Good, reliable stirfries and decent dumplings. You can easily eat for about $10/person.
By the way, they were closed this past weekend and the owner told me they were upgrading the kitchen, including adding more burners which he knew would please me since previously we had to wait while they did one dish at a time on their single burner.
It's not fancy but healthy and cheap and I like to support the young owner who is working hard to constantly improve the place.
I like Betty's (240 King E.). Busy, friendly pub full of GBC students and nearby condo dwellers. Standard pub grub, reasonably priced.