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Aug 30, 2010 11:51 AM

Cheap Eats around UofT?

I'll be going to UofT in the fall, and I was looking for some good, but cheap eateries near UofT. Willing to travel a bit outside the downtown core if the food is great. Looking to spend ~$10, before tax. Any recommendations? And no, I'm not willing to eat from those sketchy food vans they seem to have situated on every block.

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  1. You won't have to travel far for korean food, Korea Town is located on Bloor St. between Bathurst and Christie. You'll find a lot of options for <$10 and very filling. Couple of my favorite spots are Ka Chi and Tofu Village but the whole street is full of small korean restaurants.

    Ka Chi
    612 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

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    1. re: Sam C

      I second Koreatown. Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu is really good too, and everything on the menu is like $7.

      Buk Chang Dong
      691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

    2. I believe that the International STudents' Centre also runs a vegan cafe on Thursdays. Now Magazine wrote it up. It sounds like very delicious food at great prices. Mother's Dumplings is also awesome and cheap. Go to Kensington Market for a food adventure too.

      Mother's Dumplings
      421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON , CA

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      1. re: Zengarden

        The cafe is called "Hot Yam". It runs only at lunch time. Lunch is five dollars and though it's a bit hit or miss it is definitely a good option. It will also give you a chance to meet lots of other people from around the university (including staff and graduate students).

        1. Stay away from sketchy food vans - there are much better options! Here are a few of my usual haunts for lunch:
          1. Kensington Market :: Big Fat Burrito, Bellevue, Salsas, Jumbo Empanada
          2. Baldwin :: Etsu, Hana Korea, Sage Cafe
          3. Bloor Street :: Mt. Everest, Koreatown for fast food
          4. Chinatown :: King's Noodle, Szechuan Garden
          5. Just south of Chinatown :: Fusaro's Kitchen, Ackee Tree, Ravisoup, Little India's lunch buffet
          6. A bit further but worth the trek if you have time :: Ghandi's, NY Subway, Burrito Boyz, Kenzo Noodles, Manpuku

          In the summer, Nathan Philips Square has Tasty Thursdays

          Zengarden's right - Hot Yams is at the ISC on Thursdays - however to be honest, it's not enough to fill me up. Tasty but I usually need to supplement it with a second helping or something else.

          There are more that will come to mind eventually...

          Welcome to UofT :)


          Little India
          255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

          Jumbo Empanadas
          245 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L8, CA

          Burrito Boyz
          218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

          Big Fat Burrito
          285 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

          138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

          147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V2L7, CA

          105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          322 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

          Ackee Tree
          170 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2C2, CA

          Hana Korea Restaurant
          45 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

          Szechuan Garden Restaurant
          950 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON N9A5Y2, CA

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          1. re: ekim256

            agree that the vegan food at hot yams is tasty enough considering who is making it and what they're working with, but that the portions are a bit small. it's been a few years since i've been by though.

            if you don't need to sit or want something to go, i'd suggest a couple of bahn mi from chinatown. my preference is nguyen huong but they've been really hit or miss lately. it's not prime food, but i'd also drop into kim moon for some quick and cheap dimsum. there's a lot to be explored in chinatown.

            kensington market is very nearby and one spot that hasn't been mentioned and my preferred stomping grounds for eating is emporio latino. i'm keen on the stuffed poblanos. haven't been since they reopened but the falafel from akram's is well thought of.

          2. If you're near Bloor and St. George Pho Hung and Bloor and Avenue is great for cheap and cheerful lunch (and pho is filling!). You can also get a reasonable lunch for under $10 at Fresh at Bloor and Spadina. If you're at Victoria or St. Mike's I like the New Yorker Deli on Bay south of Bloor for a quick sandwich or salad. Tik Tok (or something like that, may have the name wrong) is a nice little cafe on Harbord.