By Taylor Stinson
Ryerson can be an overwhelming university to navigate, especially if you’re a commuter hunting for food. We’ve got you covered with our list of the top restaurants around campus, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. From quick sit-down spots to underrated takeout joints, here are our picks.
Mutual Street Deli: This small and unassuming restaurant is known for its extremely cheap all-day breakfasts and more for under five dollars. Although the restaurant sits on the edge of campus, it’s worth the trek. The salads are remarkably fresh, the eggs cooked just right and the home fries are spot on. And you can’t beat a $4.50 sit down breakfast. (107 Mutual St.)
Golden Griddle: This breakfast chain is always open — that’s right, it’s open 24 hours a day — so even if you’re coming in for an 8 a.m. class, you’re guaranteed a cheap breakfast. It’s located right across from the Mattamy Athletic Centre, so you can load up on carbs and protein after your long workouts. (45 Carlton St.)
Pita Land: It may look a bit rough on the outside, but Pita Land has been serving Ryerson students lunch since before it was even Pita Land. Formerly La Zeez, this takeout joint offers $6 chicken shawarma wraps stuffed full of traditional ingredients like pickled radishes, tahini sauce and fresh vegetables. It’s a great way to get in all the food groups before you head back to class. And who doesn’t love food you can eat with one hand? (102 Gerrard St. E.)
Banh Mi Boys: If you’re adventurous and like trying new cuisines, then you’re going to love Banh Mi Boys. This Vietnamese fast food joint serves up delicious banh mi sandwiches with pickled carrots, onions and cilantro — you pick the protein. Their kimchi fries are to die for and mimics an Asian fusion poutine. Known for its bright red and black aesthetic, the sandwich shop is located at Yonge and Gerrard streets. (399 Yonge St.)
Salad King: Located just up the street from Yonge-Dundas Square, this Thai joint has been a longtime staple in the Ryerson community. For 20 years, this restaurant has been serving relatively cheap dishes like green curry chicken, vegetable chop suey, Thai basil noodles, green mango salad and tom yum soup. Come with a group of friends to split a variety of dishes, or get delivery to your dorm room. (340 Yonge st.)
Guu Izakaya: This fun and festive Japanese eatery is a great bet for dinner. Small, shareable dishes such as beef short rib, snow pea tempura and deep fried octopus balls await you alongside a tall pitcher of Sapporo. The best part? It’s open late and relatively affordable, with most dishes running between 4 and 9 dollars. With diners feasting at long picnic tables, it’s perfect for a social occasion. (398 Church St.)
Bonus: Roll Play Café
This is a great snack spot to go to after class, and we do mean after class — it doesn’t open until 3 p.m. Serving coffee and shareable snacks like pizza, Belgian waffles and salads, this café also offers a selection of board games. It’s a great way to de-stress with friends and it’s open until midnight. (10 A Edward St.)
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