Sandwich near Yonge Street in Toronto

Whether you’re fuelling a weekend of window-shopping at Yonge and Dundas or grabbing a quick bite to eat during your lunch break, finding a decent lunch spot downtown can be a little bit challenging. These sandwich shops serve up delicious handheld fare along the busy Yonge Street strip. [Image credit: iStock.com/Locrifa]

Banh Mi Boys

1
399 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S9

Toronto diners have voted these sandwich boys the undisputed kings of Vietnamese subs. The lunchtime line-ups on weekdays usually stretch out the door and the tiny sit-down area inside is filled hungry students and office types. Subs are stuffed with your choice of grilled chicken, lemongrass tofu, beef cheek, squid, duck confit and more. The five-spice pork belly banh mi is a favourite.

California Sandwiches

2
435 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T3

Toronto's original sandwich chain, now with 12 stores and counting — but still family owned and operated — recently opened an outpost on Yonge Street just south of College. The resident butcher cuts the meat onsite, and all of the sauces and condiments are made in house. The menu features an array of meaty Italian sandwiches, such as steak, chicken, meatball and sausage. The bestselling veal sandwich is a saucy delight, served on a fresh baked Kaiser. Here’s a tip: If you're not ravenous, order a mini version for a lighter bite at a good price.

TLP Ventures Inc

3
15 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1

This sandwich shop is a spin-off eatery from the same folks who run the infamous Barberian’s Steakhouse down the street. The menu features a selection of five regular sammies and a few rotating specials. Unsurprisingly, the steak sandwich is popular, as is the signature TLP, which comes topped with peameal bacon, tomato slices and lettuce. Condiments (mayo, mustard and Tabasco sauce) are available at the counter for self-serve sandwich dressing.

Somethin 2 Talk About

4
78 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1J5

Admittedly, this hidden gem is a short walk off from Yonge Street, just past Bay Street, but the trip is definitely worth it. This casual Middle Eastern spot turns out a mean shawarma wrap and a variety of other sandwich specials, including plenty of vegetarian delights. The family-run shop has limited seating so plan on taking your wrap to go.

Joey Restaurants

5
1 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3

It’s become a mainstay for post-shopping snacks and cocktails, with a chic, two-storey interior that’s well-equipped to host the Yonge and Dundas crowds. But Joey’s is just as good for a quick sit-down for lunch if you need a break from the Eaton Centre’s hustle and bustle. A largely Japanese-Canadian lunch menu takes updated sandwich classics to the next level – an Ahi tuna sandwich mingles with a lobster grilled cheese, Baja fish tacos, and hand-formed burgers.

Duke of Richmond Pub

6
20 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3R3

At the foot of the Eaton Centre, The Duke of Richmond is much akin to your favourite neighbourhood pub, only bigger. A proud family member of the Duke Pubs chain, The Duke of Richmond is sibling to the Duke of York in the Annex and the Duke of Devon in the TD tower. Perched smack in the downtown core, it’s a tired shopper’s sanctuary for a pint and some pub-food classics, including a British-Canadian-style battered fish sandwich aptly titled Peggy’s Cove, a mouthwatering BBQ chicken sandwich, and a dedicated Taco Corner featuring Baja fish and pulled pork.

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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