help - food at university and dundas
i work at university and dundas - lately my co-workers and i are stuck for cheap ideas for lunch. and by cheap i mean... $5.00-ish-cheap?
we have tried the grange (which is great, but not all the time), there is a cute turkish place with cheap pizza ($3.50 for two slices and a drink) but it gets boring after a while... there is good falafel at centre and dundas...
is there any secret i don't know about??
do tell and ill be forever grateful...
Seem to recall a Chinese joint, one
block east of University, south side
of the street, purple sign. Sorry,
as with most of these places, don't know
the name, only the location. It was
recommended to my brother by an
Asian cabbie (yes, cabbies are reliable
sources when it comes to affordable good
food). Anyhow, your standard set up as
far as the menu goes - only been a couple
of times, but if affordable's the motivation,
check it out.
Sage on McCaul just south of Baldwin is delicious and quite affordable. They have a couple of daily pastas, a pizza, soup, quiche, etc. and a number of different sandwiches. I think pasta and salad is $7.48. The line ups can be long!
The Saffron Tree is an Indian buffet at the corner of Elizabeth and Gerrard which opened a few months ago and is quite yummy and under $10.
If you like West Indian style rotis, try Coconut Grove at Dundas and Chestnut (just west of Univ Ave). They also have rice and curry dishes, oxtail, Guyanese-style stewed chicken etc.
Cheap and tasty - lunch incl a drink is $5.
The link for a NOW magazine review is below.
re: Hot Pot
Go on Dundas west of university st.
turn up mcCaul and then it will be on your left 2nd block up. It is a true downtown gem.
On that street is a whole strip of restaurants in a variety of prices. The Pastry Shop, I forget what its called but its on the North Side of Baldwin has really cheap chineese fair. Their beef buns are quite good, and its all take out. That street thrives in warmer months.
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I also recommend the Baldwin strip. There's also a fairly decent food court in the Grange -- there's a good roti place in there too for cheap.
I wasn't impressed with Indochine (just west of Bay on the south side of dundas i think) -- not very flavourful. even their thai-style iced tea was watered down.
Another great place is Spadina Garden, at Bay and Dundas (west of Bay, north side of Dundas). They have all-inclusive meals for 7.95 plus tax. Try their Spicy Chicken with Peanuts... it's addictive!