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Sep 15, 2008 10:10 PM

Best places around Ryerson University!

I'm a Ryerson student and would love to know what everyone thinks are the best places to eat near that area. There are obviously a lot of options, but which ones are consistently delicious and affordable? Here's a map!

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  1. Salad King...the name's a bit strange, but they serve some pretty tasty Thai in a funky atmosphere with prices that are student friendly (On Gould St. just steps east of Yonge).

    There's Ali Babbas Shawarma at the corner of Dundas and Church

    1. don't know if it's still there, but we used to call it "hooker Harvey's" when i was still going to school there... so if you're craving it, it's on the corner of Jarvis and Gerrard.

      further up on yonge st, is also cheap kinda cafeteria style viet food - Ginger.

      I agree with Finnegan - Salad King, don't let the new swanky decor throw you off, it's still pretty cheap. One of the few restos I know of that closed for renos and still kept their prices the same!! on a hungry day you can get a huge heaping take out box full of fried rice for less than $10!!

      The big slice if you want pizza - not sure if it's still there but its on Yonge st just a little north of Gould.. closer to Gerrard I think...

      Ernie's hotdogs!! however I believe the original Ernie passed away a few years ago (but his kin may still be running the stand) - he used to donate a days worth of sales back to the school... its the hot dog stand right out in front of the building where the library is (sorry it's been over 5 yrs can't remember the building names)

      if you're feeling generous to yourself and want the best steak you'll ever sink your teeth into is Barbarians on Elm just west of Yonge...

      I'm not sure if it's still there but Indian Flavor for decent buffet - Bay and Dundas (shoppes on Bay), main floor.... if you like chinese pastries (buns) go downstairs of the shoppes on Bay and there's a chinese pastry shop next to Kitchen table (sorry forget what it's called)

      that's all i can remember for now.

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      1. re: jeannieh20

        Indian Flavour isn't in the Atrium on Bay anymore. They moved further west on dundas on the south side. It's where the old Garden restaurant used to be. It's up a long flight of stairs.

        The bakery is called Bakery 18.

      2. Thanks!

        Finnegan: Coincidentally I went to Salad King last night. I had the Pattaya Chicken which was good, except their rice seemed like it wasn't cooked that well. Maybe I should get fried rice next time. & I've never gone to Ali Babba's but I shall make a trip there.

        jeannieh20: Hooker Harvey's is still there, ahaha. It's too bad about Indian Flavour closing, my friend went there once and said it was good too. & I've been to Ginger a couple times, cheap and yummy!

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        1. re: lily.violet

          Ahh memories of Rye High...

          Sadly, Indian Flavour is now a St. Louis <sigh>

          Salad King is where we would go and get veggies as well as a serious chile pepper fix when we were under the weather or needed a pick me up.

          Memories of dodging the prostitutes and drug dealers at Hooker Harveys....

          The other place we used to go to was Mermaid's Fish and Chips on Church St. they had a great gyros special with fries or salad.

        2. I concur with the recommendation for Bakery 18 on the lower floor of the Atrium. Really tasty and non-greasy Chinese buns, both savoury and sweet, which make for a good cheap snack.

          In that monstrous Toronto Life building with the AMC theatre next to Dundas Square there is a really good falafel place called Milo's Pita. Watch for garlic overload if you have class afterwards, though! There's also another Harvey's in there if you don't feel like braving the hooker location.

          Expanding the geographic zone a bit, if you walk west on Dundas about 10 minutes to McCaul, and then south a bit, right across from the crazy OCAD building there's a food court. Most of it is fairly unremarkable except for a little Japanese place called Manpuku. It has sit-down table service and beer, with a small but excellent menu of fairly authentic non-sushi dishes. Fun for the adventurous.

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          1. re: Gary

            Manpuku is fantastic, easily one of the more unique finds in the area at a great price but that's quite a bit out of the way.

            We would always call it Whorvey's. I guess different years?

            1. re: artificialard

              Thanks Gary & artificialard!

              I didn't even know there was a food court across from OCAD. I love Japanese food, so I will definitely check out Manpuku when I have time!

              I've gone to Bakery18 before, I got their tuna bun which was quite enjoyable since it was long instead of the usual round shape.

              I've never heard it called "Whorvey's" before, I think I'll bring that back, ahaha. I was just there today. Cheeseburger combo! I got gravy for my fries, it's not nearly as tasty when it's not accompanied with the cheese.

              1. re: lily.violet

                FYI Manpuku is in the style of a 'noodle house' so they just serve bowls of (good) noodles in soup and rice, they have nice bar seating that's comfortable for eating alone.

                Also in the Grange food court is 'Helena's Magic Kitchen' which is a place I really enjoy - they serve 'homestyle' kind of food like quiche, sheppard's pie, meatloaf, etc. It looks a little improvised but it's all very good, healthy, and fresh. They also serve big portions!

              2. re: artificialard

                True, it's a bit more of a walk but I do that and more all the time. If you have a few hours between classes it's worth a wander.

                Glad to hear ye olde Hooker Harvey's is still there, I had way too many quick dinners there when I was at Ryerson, dodging the hookers and drug dealers along the way. Every University needs its traditions.

            2. Fellow Rye student here.

              For breakfast, take a walk to Daybreak at Church and Carleton. Huge portions and you'll get out for less than $10-15 a person.

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              1. re: Sagesse

                Does Daybreak have some sort of buffet area or am I thinking of somewhere else? If it does, have you tried it and what do you think of it? I've definitely gone there before though. My friend ordered pancakes and they looked amazing. I got a crepe with fruit and it was okay, but looked a bit sad compared to the pancake stack.