Hot eats in the city
57 York St., 519-438-4888;
1070 Wellington Rd. S., 519-668-3868
With an extensive menu of authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine served in generous portions, Ben Thanh is a London favourite. Pad Thai newbies and connoisseurs alike will appreciate the diverse menu that offers something for every palate.
650 Richmond St., 519-438-5388
Feeling a little fancy? Bertoldi's is the place to go for delicious, classic Italian eats. Dress up and enjoy authentic pizzas, breads and fantastic pastries with friends on the rooftop patio.
481 Richmond St., 519-432-4092
Probably not the best place for a first date ... unless you're both garlic lovers! Fabulous dishes from pasta to soup to fish and fowl — often featuring local and organic ingredients — there's something for everyone. They change the menu every month, so be sure to check back for new dishes.
KING INN DINER
186 King St., 519-679-5999
This is a great spot for well-priced traditional diner fare for breakfast and lunch. If you're in a rush but don't want to sacrifice flavour for time, this is the diner for you.
1472 Dundas St., 519-936-2447
This restaurant boasts tasty Middle-Eastern cuisine and the finest prepared Halal in town. London's Shawarma offers delivery too, giving you a great option over the usual takeout.
MAGGIE'S SUPPER AND JAZZ CLUB
478 Richmond St., 519-434-5545
This cozy lounge offers ambience, entertainment and fantastic French food in one place! It's a bit pricey, so save this for a special night.
179 Albert St., 519-433-0230
Top-notch service, a friendly yet intimate atmosphere and delectable Greek food make Mythic Grill the perfect place for a date. It's even got a patio, so you can soak in the nightlife while munching on moussaka.
607 Richmond St., 519-642-2558
Authentic Korean and Japanese eats in a cozy setting — what more could you ask for? Tasty sushi, gorgeous Bento boxes, satisfyingly crunchy tempura and more will leave you with a full belly and a smile on your face.
PRINCE ALBERT'S DINER
565 Richmond St., 519-432-2835
This classic London eatery is a favourite after-hours hotspot. They stay open very late on weekends and serve up yummy diner food, perfect for settling your post-drinking belly. Stop by during the day for delicious milkshakes and the best perogies in town.
428 Richmond St., 519-645-3002
A quirky Italian restaurant tucked away in Artisan's Alley downtown, this hidden gem offers huge portions for a fantastic price. You'll probably end up taking half your food home. The retro ambience is casual enough to wear jeans, but nice enough to feel like you had a great night out.
484 Richmond St., 519-432-2228
A London landmark, Stobie's has been feeding hungry students, after-bar partiers, theatre- and concertgoers and the denizens of downtown for close to 15 years. They serve donairs and wings, but the pizza is what really makes this place special; the slices are always hot, huge and hit the spot after dancing the night away.
130 King St., 519-667-1751
Targeting your sweet tooth, this adorable counter at the Covent Garden Market offers a menu made up exclusively of cupcakes! Oh yes, you read that correctly! Featuring devilish offerings like Red Velvet, Chocolate Mint and Pina Colada, this place is irresistible.
THE TASTING ROOM
483 Richmond St., 519-438-6262
Featuring a Wine Flight, as well as a red and white tasting menu, this restaurant is a wine-lover's dream. Oh, and the food's great, too! There is a wide variety of food on the lunch and dinner menus, and there's also a great selection of appetizers for those who just want a nibble.
1472 Huron St., 519-455-7704
Delicious Vietnamese food in a comfortable setting not too far from Fanshawe makes this restaurant a student favourite. For those unfamiliar with Vietnamese cuisine, there is a photo book of the top selling dishes, but you really can't go wrong, as their food is well-priced and much loved.
UNDER THE VOLCANO
717 Richmond St., 519-435-1197
You could spend all day in this cozy restaurant, which serves delicious Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Order deep-fried ice cream, enjoy "volcano sized" margaritas and be sure to grab some homemade salsa and chips to bring home!
3099 Wonderland Rd. S., 519-685-9555;
1735 Richmond St., 519-667-7779
This place gives you a trip across Asia that'll really wok your palate! From dumplings to rice and noodle dishes and a whole lot more, this place is well-priced, casual and a great place to go for a laid-back lunch or dinner.
735 Wonderland Rd. N., 519-473-8146;
1141 Highbury Ave. N., 519-951-6965
All-you-can-eat sushi at a pretty good price — just be sure to clean your plate, or you'll be charged the menu price for the items you didn't eat. Go hungry, as the menu has tons of tasty items to try - the dumplings are always a crowd-pleaser.