By Sofia Gouveia
One of the topics that sparks most conversation is where to go during lunchtime. Luckily, Harbord Collegiate is in a quite lively area and there are great food options less than 10 minutes away from us! I know a lot of us, probably out of convenience, go to the basics: Ojjs, Tim Hortons, KFC, Pizza Pizza, even Subway for a quick lunch, but if you're in the mood to try something new, I have some great options for you!
Rudy- 619 College St, Toronto
Rudy’s is known for their delicious burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. They have a couple of locations, but the one closest to us is right on College Street. It should only be about a 10 minute walk there and trust me, it is definitely worth it. Rudy’s is one of my personal favourites, but I have yet to go there during our lunch break. If there’s any place you visit from these recommendations, let it be this one!
PG Clucks- 610 College St, Toronto
Another College Street gem! You have probably come across this small fried chicken joint many times while walking along College Street, but may have never noticed it. PG Clucks is a great spot to check out with some friends and lucky for you it opens at 11:30am every day, which is just in time for our lunch break. They were named best fried chicken in Toronto by Blogto and I can personally vouch for that statement!
Pizza Gigis- 189 Harbord St, Toronto
This recommendation is definitely for an after school hangout with some friends or by yourself. No judgement here! But considering it only opens at 4 p.m., it might just be a tad late for your lunch break. Pizza Gigi’s has been around for over 30 years and is only a 7 minute walk from Harbord Collegiate.
Grillies- 641 Bloor St W, Toronto
Grillies is a great place if you are not sure where to go because they have a great selection of food. They open right at 11 a.m. and are usually not very busy during lunch time. Grillies is right on the corner of Euclid and Bloor, which makes it barely a 5 minute walk from Harbord. There is lots of seating, both inside and outside, so it’s a great place to go with friends.
Sam James- 297 Harbord St, Toronto
Sam James Coffee Bar is most likely a place the older students here at Harbord have heard of, but maybe not the younger ones. It’s a very short walk and should take less than 5 minutes to get there, considering it’s right on Harbord street. They are a little on the pricey side but definitely a great cafe if you would like to try something new. They are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.