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Lunch@Yonge and Bloor?

I often find myself at Yonge and Bloor needing to eat. Other than Craft Burger, where would people recommend that is healthy for lunch under$15(ideally under $10) Tried Zyng noodles, they're ok...all of the shawarma places S of Bloor suck unfortunately, a good shawarma place there would make a fortune...and yes, I know, Craft Burger ain't healthy..;)

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Big Smoke Burger
830 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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  1. I like the New Yorker Deli on Bay just north of Charles. Simple salads, sandwiches, etc.

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    New Yorker Deli
    1140 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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    1. re: Rabbit

      Not sure what your timing is like at lunch, but Ethiopian House (on Irwin between Yonge and Bloor) has a good, cheap lunch special. I'd also second Mela. And I have liked Biryani House on Hayden, where you can get a lot of very competent food for an unbeatable price.

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      Ethiopian House
      4 Irwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4Y1K9, CA

      The Biryani House
      , Toronto, ON M5G, CA

    2. Try Mela on Yorkville, just west of Yonge. It's a vegetarian/vegan Italian place, with wonderful salads, soups and daily specials (risotto pies, stuffed peppers, pastas, etc.) It's the best tomato sauce ever!

      You might also want to try Camros organic eatery on Hayden Street, just south/east of Yonge and Bloor. Very health selection of salads and stews.

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      Camros
      25 Hayden St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

      1. For shawarma, there's a little place on Cumberland, just west of Yonge (I think it's called Eat a Pita or something). Very good shawarma.

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        Eat a Pita
        6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W1J5, CA

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        1. re: eatravel

          I went to Eat a Pita years ago, but when I saw that they made sandwiches and handle money with bare hands without washing, I did a 180. There's now another one right next door called Xtreme Taste which serves similar food, which a co-worker really liked.

          1. re: Teep

            Eat a Pita is very good, cheap eats. They usually make their falafels fresh, which makes a big difference. Chicken sharwarma is solid too. I disagree with Teep's comment on lack of handwashing. They clean their hands whenever they handle money. For other choices in the area, King Palace is a great place for Pakistani. Aji Sai has suprisingly high quality AYCE sushi. Crown & Dragon has the best chicken wings in the city, IMO. try their Dragon's Breath!

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            Eat a Pita
            6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W1J5, CA

            King Palace
            820 Church St, Toronto, ON M4W2M9, CA

            Aji Sai
            783 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

        2. Zyng??? please don't go back again, they give noodles a bad name!

          In the street level of the Cumberland Mall there are 3 options
          - Esther's soup kitchen - serving hearty soups and Indian cuisine
          - a salad place - made to order salads, very busy at lunch time
          - a Korean place, you either order their entrees, or get a take out container and fill it from the buffet which has daily specials of beef/pork/chicken, plus Korean pancake (my fave), glass noddles, and all sorts of steamed or grilled veggies (not the Korean place at the bottom of the stairs which is also a deli)

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          1. re: Teep

            I love the New Yorker Deli on Bay! For my money they're the best smoked meat/pastrami in town. I'll even go there and get takeout instead of buying sliced deli meats at a supermarket($6-7 for a 1/2 pound works out to be about the same$ and the quality is much much better than processed supermarket crap!)

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            New Yorker Deli
            1140 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

            1. re: sillywalker

              And they roast their own turkeys... I go for the turkey sandwiches which taste just like after Thanksgiving!

              1. re: Rabbit

                For roast turkey the best is "Roasty Jacks" in the Cumberland food court. The whole turkey is there and they carve it in front of you.

            2. re: Teep

              Hey Teep, where is this Korean place? I walked on the street level of the Mall once and saw there were at least 2-3 different Korean places.

              1. re: sasgirl

                It's opposite the toy store that is not open. They have a big raw salad bar in front, with the Korean cooked food buffet inside.

              2. re: Teep

                I agree about Zyng I don't care for at all. I am surprised it is still operating.
                I really enjoy Ginger's Pho soups and shrimp rice wraps. Very cheap and fast.
                Also Green Mango also looks yummy, (Thai food and some Vietnese). It is from a hot table but it looks good, I didn't get a chance to eat there but I would definately stop by for a quick lunch, also reasonable prices.
                Both on Yonge St.
                Also highly recommend Okonomi house. Awesome savory pancake-ish dishes. You have no idea till you try one what it tastes like. I love it.. I think it is on Charles St., West of Yonge.

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                Green Mango
                2180 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N3, CA

                1. re: Idas

                  Second the rec for Ginger... cheap and cheerful(-ish). You can easily get lunch for under $10.

                  1. re: Idas

                    Thumbs down for Green Mango steam table. All the items taste similar - bland. And I find it very strange when I asked which item is not spicy and the answer is "curry chicken".

                    I like the pad woon sen (glass noodles) lunch special that they make fresh for you when you order, although it is quite oily. I actually dump in some hot water over and pour it out to get rid of some of the greasiness. The "street style pad thai" special, however, is a joke.

                    1. re: Teep

                      I order the bun with grilled pork. You get a LOT of pork (for me it's a lot) and it's very tasty! That's the only dish I get from Green Mango.

                      And I agree with Ginger as well! I usually get the tofu with egg noodle or the vermicelli with grilled beef.

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                      Green Mango
                      2180 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N3, CA

                      1. re: Teep

                        Bummer about Green Mango. But I would guess it beats a greasy burger?

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                        Green Mango
                        2180 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1N3, CA

                      2. re: Idas

                        I'm also looking for lunch places around Yonge & Bloor. I've been to Ginger, it's okay. Has anyone here eaten at Indochine? I've passed by it but never given it a try.

                    2. If you want super cheap, but nothing fancy you could try Loaf & Ladle on Yonge just north of Davenport. It won't make the Top 10 Chowish Lunches, though it does meet your criteria.
                      http://www.loafandladle.com/

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                      Loaf and Ladle
                      901 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2H2, CA