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Seeking bargain oysters

Bob Catt Aug 18, 2007 11:52 AM

Any suggestions for somewhere to get a dozen large oysters on the half shell at a bargain price? East end or Scarborough preferred, but downtown TO will be fine.

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  1. foodyDudey RE: Bob Catt Aug 18, 2007 12:39 PM

    Bill's Oysters. (a division of Bill's Lobster :-)

    1. Recyclor RE: Bob Catt Aug 18, 2007 12:45 PM

      ...tangent but, while oysters are up, how many come in a peck?

      1. jayt90 RE: Bob Catt Aug 18, 2007 01:24 PM

        Diana's Seafood at Crockford and Lawrence E. (near the detention centre) has a good selection at fair prices. A lot of chefs go there.

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          11oclockish RE: jayt90 Aug 19, 2007 11:08 AM

          I second Diana's - and if you aren't into shucking them yourself, they will even shuck them for you and give you the shells if you ask, then you can bring them home and put them on the half shell. Just make sure to tip the nice young man who does all the shucking!

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            Bob Catt RE: 11oclockish Aug 19, 2007 11:25 AM

            Many thanks for suggesting Dianas, jay90 and 11oclockish. It sounds ideal, and it's close to home. I'll run up there and get that nice young man to shuck me some oysters, and I'll remember to tip him, because if I try to do it myself I know I'll shuck my thumb. Thanks again.

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              Googs RE: Bob Catt Aug 19, 2007 02:55 PM

              You mean you're a thumbshucker?!?!? Sorry. Couldn't help myself...

            2. re: 11oclockish
              auberginegal RE: 11oclockish Aug 22, 2007 09:37 AM

              this place sounds great. how much would be appropriate to tip for the shucking?

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                11oclockish RE: auberginegal Aug 22, 2007 01:02 PM

                That's a really good question. I honestly don't know - I just play it by ear and don't stick to any formula. If anyone has ideas, I would love to know - otherwise sometime when I'm in there for something other than oysters I will get up the nerve to ask, then pass it on.

                1. re: 11oclockish
                  jayt90 RE: 11oclockish Aug 22, 2007 04:30 PM

                  I don't know either, but I would ask the proprietor, he is usually on hand, helping customers.

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              JamieK RE: jayt90 Aug 19, 2007 03:44 PM

              Wow, this place looks great! I didn't know it existed. Here's the website for anyone who might be interested -

              Diana's Seafood
              2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

              1. re: JamieK
                11oclockish RE: JamieK Aug 20, 2007 07:13 AM

                The place is great. I always end up spending way more than I've planned in there - not because it's expensive, but because once I see what's fresh I just can't help myself and get way more than I expected. Let us know what you think after you've checked it out!

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