18 must-try indie fast food restaurants in Toronto

Nov 15 2016, 5:52 am

Fast food in Toronto isn’t just fast. It’s cheap (relatively). And, good too.

Rarely in this world can you find anything that checks all three of those boxes.

In Hogtown, high caliber chefs are closing down acclaimed restaurants to sling quick-service chicken and salad, meanwhile indie outfits have adopted the fast food model to serve up everything from burritos and burgers to banh mi and mac ‘n cheese.

Here are the best fast food restaurants in Toronto.


Fast food is rarely ever a healthy option, which is why this fast food chain is so unique. Juicy rotisserie-cooked chicken and greens are the specialty. No, you cannot get a side of fries with that. Try the roasted sweet potatoes instead.

Address: 330 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-483-5625

Address: 97 Harbord Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-7199

Address: 67 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-368-6767

Address: 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-925-4646

Instagram: @eatflock

Wilbur Mexicana

Place your order at the counter then turn the corner to help yourself to the ample selection of salsas and hot sauces at the bar. When your tacos, burritos, and Mexican street corn are up, a food runner will drop it off at the table for you.

Address: 552 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-792-1878
Instagram: @wilburmexicana

The Basil Box

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Founded in the food court, this Southeast Asian eatery employs a Chipotle-like approach to creating salads, noodle bowls and rice boxes from mix-and-match proteins, veggies, sauces and garnishes.

Address: Square One Shopping Centre, 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Phone: 905-277-3000

Address: 351 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-351-8000

Instagram: @thebasilbox

Banh Mi Boys

This local chain of fast food joints deals in Viet-style subs, Korean tacos, bao and that crave-worthy creation known as kimchi fries.

Address: 392 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-363-0588

Address: 399 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-977-0303

Address: 2356 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-345-3585

Pi Co.

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Like the local, indie version of Blaze (Toronto has one of those too at Yonge and Dundas), this pizzeria lets customers customize individual sized pies as they slide down the assembly line full of fresh ingredients. Once dressed, these pizzas get popped in the oven and are flash-baked and ready to be eaten in less than two minutes.

Address: 1200 Bay Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-346-7428
Instagram: @pi_co_pizza

Otto’s Berlin Doner

This Kensington Market eatery is home to a menu of German street foods. While the namesake doner, featuring shaved meats, sauces and toppings, is very worthwhile, better still is the currywurst, featuring a sausage link on fries smothered in tomato curry sauce.

Address: 256 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-7713
Instagram: @ottosdoner


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Slow cooked and then served fast, Carver is all about slow-roasted meats stacked into sandwiches and/or served on top salads.

Address: 101 Peter Street #103, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-1924
Instagram: @carver.to

Bobbie Sue’s Mac + Cheese

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In a country where Kraft Dinner is considered, well, dinner, it’s surprising this concept hasn’t really caught on. This walk-up window slings cheesy noodle bowls with nostalgic mix-ins such as all-beef hot dogs and yellow mustard, and, tuna, curry and peas.

Address: 162 Ossington Ave #3, Toronto
Phone: 647-352-2762
Instagram: @bobbiesuesmac

San Cosme

Skip the typical lunch combos in lieu of a hearty Mexican meal from this Kensington Market torteria. Choose from any of the griddle-cooked sandwiches on the menu and then add on esquites, charros or salad with an agua fresca on the side.

Address: 181 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-599-2855
Instagram: @sancosme_

Fresh Off The Boat

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Seafood has a reputation for being fancy. Not so at this Queen West joint where the menu features soft shell crab sandwiches, lobster rolls and fish and chip dinners made fresh and served fast.

Address: 404 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-603-3333
Instagram: @fotb416

Porchetta & Co.

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Slow-roasted porchetta sandwiches are the basis for business at this quick-service lunch counter. And, while pork might be the main attraction, those in the know might contend that the fried chicken sandwiches are even better.

Address: 825 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-352-6611

Address: 545 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-351-8844

Instagram: @porchettaandco

Street Shak

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Beef patties, jerk chicken sandwiches, fish cakes and bakes, and other Caribbean favourites are what’s in store at this counter-service equipped eatery on Queen West.

Address: 646 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-351-7425
Instagram: @street_shak

Kupfert & Kim

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Vegan fast food is a big deal in the Financial District, as evidenced by this thriving chain of meat-less and wheat-less lunch counters. Menus vary by location but expect to find super salads, curry bowls and brown rice boxes.

Address: 140 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-2206

Address: First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-1233

Address: Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street Toronto
Phone: 416-601-1333

Address: Waterplace Park, 20 Bay Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-360-5555

Address: Metro Centre, 200 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416.340.7445

Instagram: @kupfertkim

J&J Bar-B-Que

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Texas style BBQ takes up to 16 hours to do right… it can also be served up (and devoured) in a split second during the short window each afternoon before it sells out. Worth it.

Address: 193 Baldwin Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-351-4BBQ
Instagram: @jandjbarbque

The Pie Commission

Hot, hearty, handheld, these pies are ready to be eaten ASAP. Food doesn’t really get any faster than this. At the Etobicoke location you don’t even have to go inside, just mosey on up to the nifty walk-up window.

Address: 935 The Queensway, Etobicoke
Phone: 416-848-7424

Address: 887 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-351-7437

Instagram: @thepiecommission

The Burgers Priest

This burger operation started in Toronto’s Beach(es) and has now expanded across the GTA and beyond. The flat-top seared burgers are the ultimate indulgence, and the not-so-secret menu item lets Torontonians pretend like we’ve got our own In-N-Out.

Address: Locations across the GTA
Instagram: @theburgerspriest

Dr. Laffa

If falafels and shawarma are your jam, this Middle Eastern take-out counter will be your go-to. Fresh bread, grilled meats (or fried chickpea balls) plus toppings generously applied to order = one massive (and very satisfying) wrap.

Address: 3027 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Instagram: @dr.laffa


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Bacon butties, peameal bacon sandwiches, BLTs and more are all on the menu at this quick service eatery that specializes in all things… you guessed it… bacon.

Address: 182 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-346-8230

Address: 948 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-710-8220
Instagram: @rashersto

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