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goodcookiedrift Apr 11, 2008 10:47 AM

Wondering if anyone has reccommendations on some good quality/selection and reasonably priced fish shops in the DT area? I was thinking of going to St Lawrence Market tomorrow morning but I'd be willing to get some suggestions.

Specifically looking for Craw/Crayfish.

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    Julie McCoy RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 11, 2008 01:34 PM

    Haven't been but others have spoken about Bill's Lobster on Gerrard and Broadview

    Bill's Lobster
    599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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      jayt90 RE: Julie McCoy Apr 13, 2008 04:38 AM

      Also Diana's (Scarboro); Taro (Japan Town); and City Fish (Dufferin and Glencairn).

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

      Bake: Dessert Co
      Dufferin St E, St Catharines, ON L2R, CA

      Taro's Fish
      800 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2K, CA

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      crawfish RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 13, 2008 08:34 AM

      I have never seen crawfish for sale in Toronto. Has anyone else?

      1. Full tummy RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 13, 2008 09:58 AM

        I am pretty sure Cajun Corner sells (at least they used to) frozen crawfish tails. I purchased rock lobster tails at Costco about a month ago, and I believe these are the same thing; however, that was a special event, and they're not at Costco any longer.

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          crawfish RE: Full tummy Apr 19, 2008 03:01 AM

          What we call rock lobsters in North America are not what we call crayfish. Rock lobsters come from the Caribbean and crayfish are fresh water.

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            Full tummy RE: crawfish Apr 24, 2008 08:34 AM

            Perhaps you can check out this page, which clearly states that rock lobster are crayfish and that they are found in coastal waters.


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              Finnegan RE: Full tummy Apr 24, 2008 10:04 AM

              rock lobsters are caught in warm waters (Florida, Caribbean, etc.) and do look like lobsters except for the fact that they don't have the large front claws (which is why the usually just sell the tails...and why some disreputable resto try to pass them off as real lobster). Lobsters are caught in cold waters and have the two prominent front claws. Crayfish look like lobsters (i.e. they have front claws) but are considerably smaller.

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                Otonabee RE: Full tummy Apr 24, 2008 10:51 AM

                A crawfish (SKA crawdad) tail would be pretty tiny - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawdads

                I suspect Crayfish is a general term and may be used on different species.

                I think Cajun corner used to sell them. I took a look but their website does not appear to be operating..

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                  Googs RE: Full tummy Apr 24, 2008 11:51 AM

                  Not surprisingly, the wiki entry for Crayfish doesn't say they are referred to as rock lobsters. Stupid B52's song now in my head. Thanks guys.

                  More than you ever wanted to know about crayfish except where to buy them. 2nd the idea that there's a better chance Bill's or Diana's would have them instead of the SLM.

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                    crawfish RE: Full tummy Apr 26, 2008 03:43 AM

                    Rock lobster may be called crayfish in Australia but the crayfish that are eaten in Louisiana (crawfish, crawdads) come from fresh water.

              2. JamieK RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 13, 2008 10:14 AM

                . . .

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

                City Fish Market
                2929 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B, CA

                1. jayt90 RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 24, 2008 01:33 PM

                  Crayfish used to be common in Ontario, and easy to catch and eat. Most are gone now, along with spring peepers, bullfrogs, swifts, and many other species we have decimated.

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                    goodcookiedrift RE: jayt90 Apr 27, 2008 07:00 AM

                    Just to update this. Fresh crawfish are impossible to find in Toronto. I found that a few fish shops sell crawfish tails frozen, however whole, fresh crawfish are a no-go. Some of the shops suggested that I try a bait shop but i have a feeling that will be slim pickings as well.

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                      Snarf RE: goodcookiedrift Apr 28, 2008 08:28 AM

                      Was at Cajun Corner Thursday evening. They are selling frozen tails and frozen whole crawfish.

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