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May 23, 2005 08:09 PM

Big Daddy's Crabshack and Oyster Bar Opinions?

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I am a big fan of southern cooking and love catfish and oysters. Just found a reference to this place on King Street West downtown but can't find any review including ont this board.

Anybody been? Any good?

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  1. Just plain barfood. Tastes like anything you would buy from a grocery store and heat at home.

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    1. re: Goober

      I'm surprised to hear all the lousy reviews of Big Daddy's here in Toronto. I've had the surf-and-turf a couple of times, and I'm really looking forward to a third time this weekend. I thought both the lobster and the steak were fantastic, and I really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer too. Oh well... a chacun son gout, I guess.

    2. Ok, at the risk of appearing to have shares in the place (I don't--only eaten there once), I'll post this week's lunch menu at the take-out only spot, Cajun Corner ( on Queen St. E. at Logan:

      Hi Folks,
      Hope you had a good long weekend.
      Thanks for all the sweet comments on last week's menu choices. We're really glad you enjoyed them!
      The following is what we'll prepare for y'all this week.

      Cajun Dirty Rice with Sweet Corn Bread $5.95
      Traditional style Louisiana rice pilaf, with ground pork and beef, and a savoury seasoning blend. Served with sweet corn bread.
      Andouille Sausage Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz
      )Plain and simple favourite gumbo with Smokey andouille sausage and okra.

      Crawfish Etouffee $6.95
      A delicious standard in most New Orleans restaurants, this spicy stew is thick with tender crawfish tails.
      Crab File Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
      Silky smooth crab gumbo served over rice with a sprinkling of gumbo file powder
      Fried Shrimp Po'boys $5.95
      Crispy, spicy fried shrimp stuffed into homemade bread, served dressed with remoulade, tomatoes and onions.

      Southern Fried Chicken with smothered Okra $ 5.95
      Spicy and crisp, yet tender and juicy. This is what fried chicken is supposed to be about. Served with a side of smothered okra
      Seafood Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
      Crab, shrimp and fish make up the basis of this smooth, flavourful file gumbo.
      Muffaletta Sandwich $5.95
      New Orleans' famous Italian sandwich with Genoa Salami, Black Forest Ham, Mozzarella, Provolone and imported Olive Salad. Served on home made round loaves.

      Catfish Courtbouillon $6.95
      A fishing camp favourite, this tomato based stew starts with a butter roux and finishes with sweet fresh catfish. Served hot over rice.
      Gumbo LaPlace $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
      From the andouille capitol of Louisiana, this traditional gumbo is slow cooked with andouille sausage and oysters.
      Fried Catfish Po'boys $5.95
      The classic fried catfish sandwich served dressed with remoulade, tomatoes and lettuce.

      See you all at the shop....and if you have any menu suggestions for us, we're always happy to hear them!
      Karen and Glenn
      Cajun Corner

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      1. re: Yongeman

        Thanks all for the feedback! Really a place to avoid. Wish there was a place like this for real in this town.

        Does Cajun Corner do Oysters?

      2. Don't do it. If you love southern food, Big Daddy's is not for you. The last time I went, the only thing that I and my companions could agree upon was that the food was rather bland. The etouffee in particular didn't have much taste. I work fairly closeby, love southern food yet will not go back.

        1. The one and only time I went, a great big honking roach walked across my napkin. And funnily enough, my server didn't seem all that surprised. That's saying something...

          1. There's also Tasty Restaurant, 692 Bloor Street West, (416) 537-7553

            I tried their fried catfish, with grit cakes and candied yams. It was OK. Not sure about the authenticity. Thinking about going back and trying their fried chicken.