Grab-and-go lunch spots in the Annex

This long-established Toronto neighbourhood stretching from Avenue Road to Bathurst Street is full of wallet-friendly lunchtime eats. There’s everything from organic vegetarian, to exotic Mexican and Indian cuisine, to hearty comfort foods. Check out these speedy eateries when you’re busy and on-the-go.

Live Organic Food Bar

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264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7

Located just west of Spadina on Dupont, Live Organic Food Bar offers some of the best gluten-free and sugar-free vegan dishes in the city. All of their food comes from local organic farmers, so you can savour your convenient, healthy and ethically-produced take out with a clear conscience.

Burrito Bandidos

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362 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X2

They have some of the tastiest burritos, bowls and quesadillas in the 416, with a variety of filling options. With customizable toppings, they’re fresh and made-to-order. Meat-lovers can decide on their choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or halibut, or the vegetarian favourite with beans and cheese.

The Annex Hodgepodge Inc

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258 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7

The Annex Hodgepodge, located just east of Spadina on Dupont, has tuna and egg salad sandwiches wrapped and ready to go for when you’re in a hurry. The rest of the menu is also available for take out, with gourmet grilled sandwiches, vegan wraps, soups and desserts. Take care of everyone back at the office with the special offer of six vegan wraps (five different varieties) for just $25.

The Host Fine Indian Cuisine

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14 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

When you’re craving Indian-style cuisine but don’t have time to make it yourself, The Host has delicious tandoori and curry takeout, which are also available in vegetarian options. Located just north of Bloor and Avenue, you can place an order online or arrange for delivery if leaving the office isn’t an option.

Annapurna Vegetarian Restaurant

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1085 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G8

You can’t go wrong with Annapurna, Ontario’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, especially when you’re looking for a healthy midday meal or dinner on the run. Located on Bathurst just south of Dupont, it has a wide variety of salads and sandwiches, vegetable and tofu dishes, plus a mostly vegan South Indian menu.

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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