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Crawfish boil

When we were in Louisiana we went to a crawfish boil The little shellfish were boiled in a special stock, and you ate them by grabbing their tails and straining out the meat through your teeth. Delicious! Do you know of anywhere around Toronto that serves crawfish Cajun-style, or where you can get crawfish and the ingredients for the stock? I hope so. Here's a link to some info - although we'd rather just eat the crawfish, not the potatoes and other ingredients in the recipes.

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Seafoo....

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  1. Interesting link, but needed some punctation
    http://www.whatscookingamerica.net/Se...

    Here is a recent thread on crayfish in Ontario

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539641

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    1. re: jayt90

      jayt90 wrote:
      Here is a recent thread on crayfish in Ontario
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539641

      Thanks, JayT. Useful link. For one thing it told me my search in the Toronto area is all but futile. If anything new arises re crayfish (crawfish down south), I'd appreciate hearing about it.

      1. re: Bob Catt

        You are right,dont even bother looking......

        This is one thing we seriously miss here in YYZ....I always stuff myself with crawfish,whenever I am down in the states......

    2. I have looked and looked and never found them fresh. You can get them prepared at Alice Fazoolies. You can get them frozen at IKEA and get fancy disposable bibs to go with them. Some fish shops also carry them frozen.

      1. The seafood places here ship them live during the season. I have never had any shipped so I cannot make any recommendations for specific places for that, but you should be able to find them online being shipped live from many places in South Louisiana.

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        1. re: MIKELOCK34

          Is it easy to ship it to Canada?

          Has anyone here ordered crawfish online before?

        2. I've seen shrimp and crawfish boil at both Pusateri's and Bruno's in the past. I've also seen home made versions on the internet.

          I've found frozen crawfish in TO but unless you get them within their best before date, they were definately better before.

          If you do it right, there is something great about it. Mrs. Sippi says one thing she really misses is places that do that down yonder. They'd just dump the boil out on a table and you take what you want.

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            I've gotten Zatarain's crawfish boil at Pasquales Bros. Very spicy, yum.
            http://www.pasqualebros.com/list.htm#...

          2. Harlem Underground seems to have Crawfish this year on their appetizer menu.
            It's around $11 for a pound of those little suckers.

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            Harlem Underground
            745 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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            1. re: Fazxs

              No no no...the crawfish at Harlem are not worth the price. My friend had the jambalaya one night, which includes a crawfish. It was past it's prime, not nice. Perhaps they save nicer looking (fresher) ones for the app, but is it really worth the risk?

              1. re: sweetie

                Bait shops up in cottage country probably sell fresher crawfish!

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Since 2008, it's been illegal to harvest and sell crayfish for bait in Ontario. This is to prevent the spread of the rusty crayfish, which is quite invasive. However, it is legal to capture them for your own use, including eating, as long as they are not released in any body of water other than exactly where they were caught.

            2. Frozen crawfish have all the excitement of frozen shrimp--make that shrimp that got iced over and forgotten at the back or bottom of the freezer. They're native here but no one has apparently tried to farm mudbugs--seems odd. Pasquale Bros and Highland Farms carry Zatarian's and other crab boils. Should be online recipes, too.

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              Pasquale Bros
              16 Goodrich Rd, Toronto, ON M8Z, CA

              Highland Farms
              850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

              1. Big Daddys restaurants. You'll probably have to call to find out more details, although I know the one in Mississauga had a crawfish boil in May.

                http://www.bigdaddys.ca/

                1. I have actually bought LIVE crawfish at Sunny Supermarket at Leslie & Finch.

                  Though I have only seen them once (about 1 month ago or so) they are sold in the GTA in Live form!

                  Man those guys were feisty!!!

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                    1. re: Sadistick

                      Yes, please, more info. Do you know whether Sunny Supermarket carries them on a regular basis? I've been dying to do a Finnish crayfish feast at the end of August!

                      1. re: hungry_pangolin

                        I believe they were about $10/lb

                        They do not seem to carry them on a regular basis (I shop there 2-3x/month) as that was the only occasion I have seen them thus far.

                        The guys in the Fish section really do not speak a lick of English, otherwise I would suggest inquiring as to the availability and potential special orders.