King West spots to grab a gourmet sandwich during TIFF

If you're looking for the best spots to get fuelled during TIFF festivities, these sit-down and to-go restos around the Lightbox will prove Toronto's obsession with perfecting the sandwich. Keep your hunger in check during the festival with a next-level-delicious Rueben, pulled pork, or veggie delight from one of these King West hotspots.

Portland Variety

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587 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Enjoy artisanal sandwiches in an Instagram-worthy setting at this neighbourhood café and bar at the corner of King and Portland. The multipurpose space turns out coffee in the morning and cocktails at night but the savoury sandwiches are definitely worthy of a midday visit. The lunch menu features four sandwiches that can be enjoyed alone or accompanied by a soup or salad if you’re feeling extra hungry. Try the crispy seared Cornish hen, which delivers an unexpected sweet-yet-spicy taste thanks to the addition of piri piri and pear.

Temple Bar

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489 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

This Irish pub serves up some really spectacular sandwiches that will make you reconsider your regular burger or fish & chips choices. The steak sandwich has a loyal following, due to the moist and tasty cut of meat it contains, and the pulled pork sandwich puts some barbeque joints to shame with its authentic flavour.

Home Of The Brave Inc

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589 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

This cheeky restaurant presents creative interpretations of classic American fare. They make a fried bologna sandwich that will knock you off your feet, and if you’re feeling brave (this is the Home of the Brave, after all) then try the Kentucky Fried Handshake sandwich, and brace yourself.

Bar Buca

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75 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M9

You’ll find another great list of Italian sandwiches to choose from at this eatery. In this case, the sandwiches are called stuffed focaccia, but we all know what they mean. The Porchetta, with mascarpone and apple mostarda is worth stopping for alone, but there are others to choose from, including a vegetarian option.

Forno Cultura

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609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

This is a fantastic bakery that combines traditional Italian baking, with quality ingredients and organic flours, into an alternative baking space. The sandwiches here are consistently worth raving about, with flavour combinations like fior di latte and prosciutto.

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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