What could be defined as the biggest problem for post secondary students? Money could definitely be top of the list, along with time. University students need to eat, and most of us don’t make time to bring lunches every day. So, where can Ryerson students go to get quick, inexpensive, and most importantly, good food?
Here are five places to eat within five minutes of campus for under five dollars:
1. If you’re looking for a tasty meal then look no further than Tasty’s Caribbean Restaurant at the intersection of Elm and Yonge Street. This small hole in the wall has daily specials, as well as lunch specials between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for exactly five dollars after tax.
The daily special, a pulled jerk chicken sandwich, is absolutely amazing. It is served on a thin bun, the chicken is moist, covered in spices and a good portion. You have the option of topping it off with some fresh coleslaw, and don’t forget the hot sauce. The lunch special is three pieces of Jerk Chicken, with rice and peas or white rice.
A negative about Tasty’s however, is that there is no seating. There is a small patio, but that’s only good in fair weather. Take it on the go, or with you to your next class.
2. The Little House of Kebobs: The exterior looks grungy, but don’t let that fool you. Just across the street from Tasty’s this restaurant has pitas for 5 dollars, which includes a pop. You can choose from chicken, beef, and falafel.
3. Specials at Ali Baba’s Middle Eastern Cuisine are perfect to share. The location at Dundas and Church Streets has great deals every day, including two chicken shawarma’s on Mondays, and two beef shawarma’s on Wednesdays for nine dollars. Ryerson students also get a 15 per cent discount!
4. Want a healthier homemade feel? The Fat Olive just east of Bond Street on Dundas has some fresh choices. Specials include BLT’s for four dollars and Pita’s and omelets for five dollars.
5. Just want a slice of pizza? Try 241 Pizza located at Dundas and Dalhousie Street. You can get two slices of decent pizza and a pop for $3.99.
These choices could be much cheaper than that Big Mac meal you have been having, so add some variety to your penny pinching university diet.