Sometimes you want a full meal, and sometimes you just need something to get you from Point A to Point B. In these circumstances, these places will do the trick. All of these restaurants feature easy, satisfying meals in a cool setting. Remember: cheap and easy doesn’t have to be mediocre. Average price between $10-20 a person.
Tried and True:
Simit & Chai Co.:One of my favourite spots on King Street West for Turkish bagels and Turkish coffee.
Delica Kitchen: Elegant variations of soups and sandwiches with locations in midtown and Leslieville created by the amazing Devin Connell.
When the Pig Came Home:A Junction deli that packs a big punch: think porchetta with rapini and hearty peameal sandwiches.
Sea Witch:These fish and chips are on another playing field thanks to their careful fry in rich beef tallow. It’s an experience you need to try at least once.
Oddseoul: Fun little place that is hard to find (the sign is on the mailbox) that serves great cocktails and Korean-inspired quick bites. Too cool for school.
Goods & Provisions: This Leslieville spot may be small, but it boasts an amazing cocktail menu and great food to go with it.
WVRST: Come for the hot dogs and duck fat fries and beer, but make sure you have good conversation to go around because that’s literally all they serve.
Phở Hưng: This Chinatown spot is my favourite place for Vietnamese pho.
Sunrise House: This is one of those Korean restaurants that is never empty. Their portions are so generous and satisfying that you’re guaranteed to leave happy. Three words: Gam Ja Tang.
O&B Canteen:An excellent place to go for a 5 minute, 10 minute or 1 hour meal, located right beside the TIFF Bell Lightbox. They know their Theatre Row crowd is on a time crunch, and they plan accordingly.
Manpuku:This is a secret gem known well to OCAD students and one of the best places to get a bowl of udon noodles in the city. Hard to find, but worth the trip.
On My Radar:
Dr. Laffa:I heard it’s the best kosher food around.
Han Ba Tang: A fun Korean-fusion restaurant up in Koreatown North.