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Apr 11, 2008 10:47 AM

Fish Shops TO

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Julie McCoy

      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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: Full tummy

          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.

          1. re: crawfish

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


            1. re: Full tummy

              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.

              1. re: Full tummy

                A crawfish (SKA crawdad) tail would be pretty tiny -

                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..

                1. re: Full tummy

                  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.

                  1. re: Full tummy

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

              2. . . .

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

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: jayt90

                    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.

                    1. re: goodcookiedrift

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