Take a bite outta these burgers in the Annex

A patty, a bun and a variety of colourful toppings. A burger might sound simple, but there are many different ways to dress it up. Fast food becomes fine dining in the hands of these burger joints in the Annex.

Vesta Lunch

1
474 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1W6

This long-standing diner on the northeast corner of Bathurst and Dupont has been serving some of the best-priced burgers in the city since 1955. For just a handful of change, you can eat like royalty, but cheap prices don’t mean cheap food. Our money’s on the banquet burger and, with the generous helping of cheese, bacon and other toppings, you hardly need the side of fries.

Green Room

2
414 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1T3

If you want an instant flashback to your university days, then this resto-bar is the perfect spot. It attracts a more mature student crowd of 20-somethings, with less of the wide-eyed excitement of first and second-year students. You can eat to your heart’s content – and enjoy a pitcher of beer on the side – without having to shell out big bucks. The great burgers cost less than your cab ride home.

El Furniture Warehouse

3
410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5

Fast food joints may have invented the trend toward cheap and standardized menus, but “El Furny” has perfected the art. Every item is priced the same at $5, so you never have to make an agonizing choice between two favourites. They’ve got burgers for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, all loaded with flavour. And if you visit on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you can pile on sides of tacos and wings for just a buck each.

Pour House Irish Pub

4
182 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 2E6

Leave your terrible Irish accent at home but do bring your appetite and a pocketful of change. Their signature burger, the Donegal Bay, comes with corned beef, pickles, Swiss cheese, fried egg and tomato. It’s so hearty you’ll be challenged to finish off the side of hand-cut fries. There’s live music several times a month, so make sure to wipe your hands clean before the clapping begins.

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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