Where to fill up on cheap eats near the University of Toronto

Aug 26 2019, 1:20 pm

The University of Toronto St. George campus spans multiple city blocks, which means its encircled by delicious and cheap eats!

With The Annex to the north and Chinatown to the south, there are plenty of affordable, student-friendly feasts to be had nearby.

These are our picks:

Red Room


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Cheap food, cheap drinks, and delicious Vietnamese coffee. What else is there to life? Red Room has an array of noodles – from pasta to chow mein for $9, and combo specials that include salads, wraps, and sandwiches for $7.50. You can also skip expensive coffee shops with their $2 espresso shots, $2.50 Vietnamese coffees, and $3 cappuccinos.

Address: 444 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-929-9964

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Est West Cafe


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Est is one of those barebones, takeout spots that serves an obscene amount of food for a super affordable price. The place doesn’t limit itself to a single cuisine, with Souvlaki Chicken and Thai Chicken frequenting its “Today’s Special” menu for only $8!

Address: 700 University Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-506-0777


Fat Bastard Burrito


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With free guac, Mexican cola, and burritos and quesadillas comin’ in under $10, Fat Bastard really has it all… and for a student-friendly price. Their custom burritos and quesadillas have a huge variety of fillings including baked chicken and pulled pork. For an extra dollar, try one of the specialty options such as roasted steak, tequila lime chicken, or sautéed shrimp.

Address: 187 College Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-5551

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Mothers Dumplings

Another Chinatown gem, Mother Dumplings’ menu is based on the recipes of owner Zhen’s mother. Aside from dumplings, the spot also serves noodles, buns, Chinese pancakes, and much more. Just wholesome Chinese comfort food. A plate of 12 dumplings goes for about $8, and other cheap eats include the green onion pancake and steamed buns for five bucks.

Address: 421 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-217-2008

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El Furniture Warehouse


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Home to a menu of $6 dishes, this boisterous bar in The Annex is a go-to for filling up between classes and blowing off steam on weekends. Whether you need a quick lunch meal or a whole night out, you’re golden.

Address: 410 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-350-7326

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Pig Out BBQ


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All your BBQ favourites at a price that you’ll fall in love with. Find pulled pork sandwiches and 5 oz burgers at Pig Out for only $7. Pulled chicken and beef are also available for in and around $10. If you want to push the budget to $15, you can indulge in ribs and meat platters.

Address: 650 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-792-6120

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Salad Days

Salad Days offers custom salads for around $5. Select additional toppings like grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon or tuna can be added without breaking the bank. They also have wraps for under $6 and a hearty lunch special, which includes grilled chicken or salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, and a Greek salad for $6.95.

Address: 20 Bloor Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-436-9472

Address: 2 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-436-9472

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Tasty’s Caribbean Cuisine


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Inflation has hit Caribbean cuisine hard but Tasty’s has managed to keep its prices on the lower end of the scale. Find favourites like oxtail, goat curry, and jerk chicken for under $10. The roti dishes are under $8, and plantains are four for $1.25. Now, what can beat that?

Address: 405 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-916-7888


Papa CEO Pizza


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Full pizza pies for a little over $10? What’s not to love? But it doesn’t stop there. The pasta dishes are also super affordable. The beef and the veggie lasagnas are under $8 each, Spaghetti is under $7, and hot sandwiches filled with choices like veal, chicken breast, meatballs, or eggplants are about 5 bucks.

Address: 654 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-961-2222


With files from Adrian Zee

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