Birds and Beans 2413 Lakeshore W, at Mimico, 416-913-9221. Organic fair-trade coffeehouse also deals made-from-scratch soups and sandwiches. Unlicensed.
Brar Sweets 2646 Islington, at Albion, 416-745-4449. South Indian vegetarian cafeteria features fiery veggie curries, spice-tacular subzis and Subcontinental desserts. Also: 199 Advance, at Dixie, 905-799-1625, 8150 Dixie, at Birchbank, 905-451-1686. Unlicensed. Cash only.
California Sandwiches 1603 the Queensway, East Mall, 416-201-7392. Insanely popular family-run franchise famed for its old-school Italian veal and meatball sandwiches. Also: 2700 Dufferin, at Stayner, 416-787-5205. Also: 244 Claremont, at Treford, 416-603-3317. Closed Sunday. Unlicensed. Cash only.
Madras Dosa Hut 1123 Albion, at Islington, 416-741-4097. Mostly vegetarian south Indian fast food in family-friendly digs.
Rocket Fuel 2925 Lakeshore W, at Seventh, 416-255-2582. Fair-trade java joint with a short card of salads, soups and sandwiches. Brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Thai Spring Roll 2888 Lakeshore W, at Seventh, 416-252-8868. Etobicoke outpost of the well-liked downtown southeast Asian eatery. Also: 1512 Queen W, at Fuller, 416-532-2877; 1330 Danforth, at Lamb, 416-461-9888.
Caps 205 Humber College Blvd, 416-675-5003. Big enough to hold 400 drinkers and then some, Caps is a wonderfully noisy on-campus pub known as one of the few places to meet up and unwind out by the lakeshore.
Greek Texan 3235 Lakeshore W, 416-259-4169. The often under-appreciated GT is perfect for low-key drinking and a decent burger.