Inexpensive suggestions and late night breaksfasts in Toronto?
We are traveling next week to Toronto and need some suggestions for inexpensive meals and a couple of late night breakfasts during the week. Will be staying at The Rex but have a car. Vegetarian options/restaurants most appreciated, as well as fish-n-chips. No Asian please, other than Thai.
re: Science Chick
It's ok. It's a greasy spoon, serving bacon & eggs, burgers, grilled cheese. Nothing special, but better than Fran's, which is another 24 hr restaurant in TO that serves breakfast late at night.
There's also The Counter, also 24 hours, in the Thompson Hotel, which might serve better food than Vesta or Fran's, but most reports have not been favourable. I haven't tried The Counter.
Most of the other late night options are Asian.
How late-night are you talking?
24 h restaurants:
late night eats:
550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA
As you probably know, the Rex is located in a very commercial/tourist-y neighbourhood. Cheap and good aren't too common. Pricey and crap, no prob!
Burrito Boyz and Smoke's Poutinerie are nearby (two blocks south) and open from lunch till 4 am on the weekend. Lots of love and hate on the board for both, so be prepared for the differing opinions. More takeout tho they both have tables.
The burger at the Rex is OK if you don't want to go far. Ginger a block west on Queen has pretty good Thai/Viet fusion stuff, cafeteria-style and dead cheap. There's also several ayce Indian lunch buffets on that block, too. I prefer Trimurti. Lineups on weekends.
A little further west, the Peter Pan has a weeklday $7.95 pasta/salad lunch special that's good value in a kind of cool retro space.
You can get a good $3 falafel at Akram's in Kensington Market.
The Vesta is vile but at least you know what you're getting. The Mars at Bathurst & College is open 24 hours on the weekend and does similar breakfast all-day/night. You can get the same thing at the Senator for twice the price.
Caplansky's for smoked meat deli (but not open late).
Too bad you don't like Chinese, as that's what most of the cheap/late options in that area are.
The Ginger that shows up automatically below is a different location.
218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA
373 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2A4, CA
356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
252 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A2L1, CA
akram's uses a different blend of legumes than most other places, notably including soy beans... so it might not be what the OP is used to. i personally don't like it. i think it's too dense for me. didn't help that last time they didn't put any of the pickled turnip on it either.
For vegetarian, Hibiscus is really good. Limited menu - crepes, salads, soup - but what they offer is really tasty. It's in Kensington Market and I think their hours are 11-6. If you walk north from the Rex, up to Dundas, you'll come across the Village by the Grange foodcourt and inside is Karine's, they have good vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) breakfast/lunch options.
The Lakeview is another 24-hour diner, I haven't been to all the ones mentioned but it's better than Fran's and The Counter.