Grab and go lunch restaurants on West Queen West in Toronto

When you're feeling squeezed for time at lunch, it can be hard to find a good meal that stands out from the usual fast food and slice of pizza that so many have become accustomed to. But these amazing places along West Queen West will broaden your choices.

Fresh on Crawford

894 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

Fresh is a go-to spot for lunches that focus on high-quality ingredients to keep you feeling good all afternoon. More than just a salad and juice bar, Fresh also has a full range of lunch items from soups and salads to burgers, tacos and French fries. The vegetarian hotspot also boasts a full menu for those on gluten-free diets, so there is no need to worry about whether they can accommodate your group. Feel free to call ahead for even quicker service.

Barton Snacks

1120 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9

When you're looking for a quick lunch, few places are better than Barton Snacks on West Queen West. Since it opened, this place has been visited by food fans for its amazing selection of chips, popcorn and cookies, but they also have more substantial items like hot dogs with toppings that range from pepperoni to avocado. If that's not enough, Barton Snacks makes some near-legendary tacos filled with brisket, fish or jerk chicken for those looking to spice things up.

Ravi Soups

1128 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

Soup-lovers rejoice. Ravi Soups makes some of the most flavourful soup you’ll find anywhere in the city, from the corn chowder with blue crab to the beef miso. Their ingredients are all fresh and Ravi caters to people with restricted diets. In addition to soups, they also make some pretty great wraps filled with roasted pork shoulder, curried lamb or oven-roasted veggies. It's the perfect stop for a healthy lunch on the go.

Bolt Fresh Bar

1170 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J5

For those looking for something healthier than fast food, Bolt Fresh Bar specializes in items that use high-quality fresh ingredients in a host of tasty lunch options. There's a full range of freshly squeezed juice and custom smoothies, or if you want something more, they have made-to-order salads, açai fruit bowls and grain bowls made with rice, beans and your choice of veggies.

Fat Bastard Burrito

1118 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9

This place is made for those with short breaks. Just head to the Fat Bastard website and print out the order form before you head down. Whether you’re looking for something standard like pulled pork or baked yam, or if you want to go for something a little different like the tequila lime chicken or sautéed shrimp, they’ll keep your lunch original and filling.

Nam Sandwich

874 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

For those who like sandwiches, there are few better or more versatile than the Vietnamese banh mi sub – a fact that Nam Sandwich proves every day. There are a variety of fillings ranging from lemongrass chicken to panko-crusted tiger shrimp. Sandwiches are topped with carrots and cilantro, with jalapeño peppers if you want it spicier. When you’re looking to mix things up, they also have some pretty awesome grilled meat buns and salad rolls.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
Student life can be hectic, so you need food that’s tasty, quick and, most importantly, cheap. Here are some of Victoria’s most student-friendly off-campus restaurants. Some are just down the street; others are a short bus ride downtown. But all of them have cheap eats that’ll keep you fuelled from frosh week to finals.
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