Cheap lunch on King West can be found at both longstanding staples and new spots. These eateries serve food ranging from health conscious offerings to gluttonous options that'll keep you more then full until dinner.
Here are my picks for the top cheap eats for lunch on King West.
Fried chicken sandwich at Porchetta & Co.
While the name may lead you to believe there are only porchetta sandwiches on the menu, that's far from true. This joint serves up one hell of fried chicken sandwich that you're going to want to sink your teeth into. Keep an eye on their Instagram, as they feature a new special each week.
The hot table at Craft Kitchen
If you're looking for a tasty lunch Italian-style, Craft Kitchen's hot table will hit the spot. Offerings change daily so make sure you check them out online to see what's on the menu for the day.
Tacos at Wilbur Mexicana
This Mexican joint is perfect to visit when you're hankering for a taco and want it fast. After ordering at the counter, tacos are delivered to your table at warp speed. Tacos are available in chicken tinga, carne asada, pork, bulgogi, mushroom, grilled avocado or baja fish. Pro tip - don't skimp at the salsa bar.
Sandwiches at Nook
This cozy King West cafe offers up an array of sandwiches that will tickle your fancy. From pesto chicken sandwiches to tuna melts, these will keep you charged up for the day ahead.
Poutine at Poutini's House of Poutine
The second outpost of the city's best poutine joint can be found at King & Portland. Here you can order poutine topped with everything from pulled pork to bacon and maple syrup.
Pizza at Forno Cultra
The pizza found at this Italian bakery is covered with a ton of toppings and a pitch-perfect crust (not too thin and not too thick). Enjoy slices topped with everything from zucchini to mushrooms and red onions.
Pho at Bac Ky
Pho is naturally a staple at this Vietnamese restaurant. Order up a bowl in either beef, chicken or vegetable and luxuriate in the silky broth.
Empanadas at La Merceria
This adorable espresso bar is located at Adelaide and Portland. While coffee and sweets may be the focus, don't pass up the chance to get your hands on one of their empanadas. Each empanada is served with a side of chimichurri.
Fish and chips at The One That Got Away
The fish and chips is a must-try at this fast casual eatery. Choose between haddock, arctic char, cod, halibut or pickerel alongside a mountain of crisp fries beside your catch.
Burritos at Fat Bastard Burrito
If you plan on visiting this burrito joint on your lunch break prepare to get stuffed. Burritos are available in 'Lil, Big and Huge and even the Lil is more than substantial. Choose your size then pick your choice of meat, veggies and toppings.
What did I miss? Add your favourite King West cheap eats in the comments.
Photos by Taralyn Marshall, Jesse Milns and Hector Vasquez.
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