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Where to eat and drink around Glendon College

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 6, 2011

Lunik TorontoThe short answer is nowhere. Yes, those leafy trees, vacant roads, and gentle buzzes of nature are lovely, but they also mean that you have to hop on a vehicle for a taste of something beyond the caf. You would think the French-heavy Glendon focus would seduce a petite bistro or patisserie or two to the area, but as of yet, Glendon students are resigned to take a bit of a trek for something to eat or drink. Fortunately, though, great food is but five minutes or so away, and a new student-run co-op is set to offer some tasty (and conscience-friendly) fare. Here are some places to eat and drink around Glendon College.

Lunik Co-op
While the nuts and bolts of Lunik Co-op are still being finalized, this spot in is poised to offer burritos, soups, and other hearty lunch dishes. Located on campus in a 1920's Manor building basement, the café already offers ethical coffee, vegan treats such as muffins and chocolate fudge cake, and a bit of that youthful "for students, by students" attitude. Focus on ethics, health, and sustainability.

Euro BaguetteEuro Baguette
Euro Baguette is, uh, probably as authentic as a French bakery gets when it's run by Aramark. Open during the weekdays from the mornings to the early afternoons, Euro Baguette offers daily-made baguette sandwiches, as well as coffee, tea, and other sides. Might as well just cancel that trip to Paris.

Glendon College cafeteriaGlendon Cafeteria
Beyond the inevitable Pizza Pizza stand (and slightly usual Chicken Chicken), Glendon's cafeteria does have some lunch-worthy options including a made-to-order pasta station, salad bar, deli, and espresso stand. The SPICE station also features a rotating roster of international cuisine.

And the trek begins, but for Amaya, it's worth it. This is North Indian cuisine at its finest, complete with butter chicken, parsi ribs, and plates of saag paneer and vegetable curry. While the prices for mains aren't exactly student budget-friendly, you've already spent the money on gas/bus fare/trekked in the sleet and snow, so might as well indulge, right? Or else, split a plate of beef masala sliders.

Organic Oven
Organic Oven is a great nearby student spot since it's safe for pretty much everyone. The café is nut-free, gluten-free, and has many vegan-friendly options. Along with daily-made baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and little pastries, the shop serves certified organic and fair trade coffee and soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Highway 61 TorontoHighway 61
Fall-off-the-bone ribs should be the way to end every tough school day (right, Environment & Health Studies students?). Highway 61 does them slow-cooked and simply fantastic (they even bottle the sauce for you to take home), paired with a cold craft beer and live music four evenings a week. And for early morning study sessions, Highway 61 does (a gluttonous version of) brunch, too.

Riz Pan Asian
Riz is another crowd-pleaser, offering a little bit of everything in pan Asian cuisine plus a complete menu of gluten-free dishes. While the atmosphere isn't exactly conducive to sprawled-out group work, the Thai, Vietnamese, Szechuan, and Korean dishes are tempting enough to accelerate the process on campus. Riz also offers daily lunch special combos.

What did I miss? Add your favourite spots to eat in and around Glendon College to the comments below.

See also:

Where to eat and drink in and around York University
Where to eat and drink around Ryerson University
Where to eat and drink in and around UofT
Where to eat and drink around George Brown College

Photos by Kaela Greenstien



Spadina / December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
Amaya is North Indian cuisine at its finest? Are you shitting me?
M. / December 6, 2011 at 10:42 am
FYI, it is the Glendon *Campus* of York University now, not Glendon College.
Jonathan Kates / December 6, 2011 at 10:58 am
Duff's! Duff's! Duff's!
That is an absolute necessity in the Glendon area.
no way / December 6, 2011 at 11:01 am
Highway 61 is disgusting.

I'm not sure why you didn't cover the Yonge/Lawrence strip, given that it's wayyy closer to Glendon than Bayview and Eglinton is.
Luniklover / December 6, 2011 at 11:12 am
Lunik is the best thing to happen to Glendon, love that place!!!
N / December 6, 2011 at 11:28 am
Shannon / December 6, 2011 at 11:34 am
Patisserie la cigogne on bayview has amazing croissants! The walk up there and back might be needed to balance out what you eat there...still you must go!
J' / December 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm
The foodcourt/second cup @ sunnybrook! And anything @ yonge + eg! Especially the Unicorn!!
Glendon Student replying to a comment from M. / December 6, 2011 at 01:38 pm
It actually is Glendon College not Glendon Campus.

I never thought I would see Glendon on a BlogTo post. This is really useful since all we really have to go on is the shitty caf food, and lunik, but I don't think it has really caught on yet.

Thanks for the post!

Also, if things get really shitty in the caf, as they usually do, some Glendon students walk over to the Tims or Second Cup in Sunnybrooke or the caf (same company but much better food, service and prices).
Ex-Glendon resident / December 6, 2011 at 02:57 pm
Can't forget Duff's.. much better than Highway 61 (in my opinion- yes i've tried them both)

Other great places that are nearby:
- Richtree at bayview and york mills
- Hollywood Gelato at bayview and eg
* Definitely two of my most frequented places (+ Duff's) while living in rez!

+ Yonge and Eg has tons of other great places a short 40 minute walk away

Makes me so happy to see GL on BlogTO :)
Glendonite / December 6, 2011 at 08:43 pm
I totally agree with "Glendon Student," as well as the author of this article. There is not much choice at the college at all, and the caf does not factor in as a positive in this equation. Terrible food for health-conscious folks, ridiculously overpriced, and no service at all. Rather go to Lunik once it gets more active but at this time the safest bet is to either grab food from some place near Yonge/Lawrence or Bayview/Eglinton, or cook up something yourself. Save the trip to this horrendous excuse for a cafeteria.
UniqueLunik / December 7, 2011 at 09:25 am
Love the amazing direct trade coffee and tea at Lunik. When they release their menu, it's gonna be good.
Alex / December 7, 2011 at 11:41 am
I love the cafeteria and the employees. Since Aramark has come on to campus the efforts being put forth have been quite the change from previous years and previous companies. They offer a huge variety of foods and they really try to cover all the choices for all the community. Pricing and quality is comparitive to any food joint on the Yonge-Lawrence strip. Lunik is a great place for students as well and it's great to see a second place that we can hang out at. For those who choose to post nothing but negative feedback prehaps you may consider that it's not really helping anyone when you focus only on the bad things. If you want to make a visible positive difference....GET INVOLVED!! Show up at monthly food meetings and ask for change. Voicing request for changes to the management will be more effective than posting on a blog that they may not read. Go Cafeteria!! Go Lunik!! Keep up the good work :)
lala / December 7, 2011 at 04:41 pm
i agree that the cafeteria food is near horrendous. yes, i am a food snob. thanks for all the suggestions of places to eat nearby, in case i forget my lunch and want more than a soup.
lunik is an awesome for snacks and tea!! it has a great atmosphere and i hope their menu will feature lots of home cooking style, healthy, hardy food. and espresso please :)
i cant think of how aramark can improve besides a total revamp of their industrial style of production. sorry.
PB / December 18, 2011 at 02:58 pm
Who even wrote this article? I hope it was worth 20% of your Ryerson journalism mark because nobody else got anything from it. Glendon is not a place to be when one is hungry. Everyone has said it a million times. The cafe is shit. The cafe is expensive. And sorry, Eglinton is far. I regard the hoops the cafe staff leap through to provide for Glendon's culturally diverse culinary needs; why not cook three pounds of bacon on the grill, and when the quiet Muslim boy comes up to order a veggie burger, grease that shit up with pork juice! I saw it. Might be going to hell for not saying anything, but that's on me. As it has been said: "They offer a huge variety of foods and they really try to cover all the choices for all the community. Pricing and quality is comparitive to any food joint on the Yonge-Lawrence strip." (sorry to pick on you). I believe I am part of this community, and I also believe that garbage like this should not be uttered. If you want to settle for the mediocrity spewing forth from the kitchens of Glendon, by all means go nuts. But everyday I waddle in and purchase one of the "hugely varying meals" and enjoy the locally comparable "quality" and "price" I find my stomach filling with diabetes-unfriendly carbohydrates or unmarked food items which are sending my blood glucose in a terrifying upward spiral towards renal failure. Good thing Sunnybrook is close by... There is not one thing in the cafeteria which I would consider a healthy choice. This is concurred by registered dietitians. REGISTERED DIETICIANS. If you want to avoid the evil carbohydrate, you can frequent the salad bar, and spend $40 on 50g of hardboiled egg. You all know what I am saying. Glendon, I require a revolution. Stop settling for bullshit. And don't use adjectives like comparable, good, satisfying or quality in conjunction with the words Glendon and cafeteria. You don't want to infer the wrong idea: that we are happy with the food situation at school. Think on it Glendon. The food is the amazing if you have never eaten before. You all need to realize that this is the MOST important issue concerning your scholastic career. Eat to rule Glendon.
glendonian / December 31, 2011 at 05:57 pm
^ AMEN TO THAT. The people running the caf are maniacs. They're delusional if they think anyone eats there BY CHOICE. Its disgusting, overpriced and never have i received anywhere near friendly service. Anything is better than the caf.
Carly Hylton replying to a comment from Alex / March 4, 2012 at 07:50 pm
''I love the cafeteria and the employees. Since Aramark has come on to campus the efforts being put forth have been quite the change from previous years and previous companies. They offer a huge variety of foods and they really try to cover all the choices for all the community''

..this person clearly works for Aramark or is biased otherwise.
... Or maybe they've never been to the caf?
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