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Jul 27, 2009 04:01 PM

7 yr old daughter looking to try lobster in TO

Looking for some low fuss, low muss lobster for my keen 7 yr old foodie.

Dont want to demolish the budget, but would like something nice and straightforward.

As always, thanks!

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    1. re: youdonut

      Agreed. My kids love this place and it is not expensive. They can color and pick their own lobster too.

    2. No, no, no. Red Lobster will turn your daughter off seafood. If you want a future Chowhounder, bring her to a Chinese restaurant like Wah Sing on Baldwin or Sang Ho on Dundas. Ask them to steam the lobster with ginger and garlic. The meat will be fresh and tasty.

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      1. re: merlot143

        I have found that unless you are Chinese, then some of the tastes and textures and smells from a Chinese restaurant can be overwhelming. To the point that my kids have gagged and felt sick eating dim sum. Redlobster is a kid friendly enviornment and can do a great steamed lobster with butter sauce, which to be honest is basically impossible to mess up or overpower a young pallate. The meat is always fresh and tasty when you select your own.

      2. St. Lawrence Market... I think that for the first time you want to do it hands-on, New England style (with all respect to merlot143's Chinese take). Let her get her hands dirty and see the whole process. Steaming lobster is dead easy... or you can get a pre-steamed lobbie at the SLM to bring home for tasting.

        Otherwise, I'd probably go the Red Lobster route too.

        And yeah(!!) for your adventurous progeny!!

        1. Have you considered just boiling or steaming a lobster at home? There are lots of Internet sites that tell you how to do it, including timing. This is the cheapest way, and if you screw up you can always try it again.

          I agree with staying away from Red Lobster.

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          1. re: souschef

            I agree...sort of. It is the cheapest, freshest solution. Call City Fish on Dufferin. Great lobsters at great prices. And they will steam them for you and how to prepare them at home. Otherwise, Lobster Trap on Avenue Rd. Good quality and a good selections of sizes.


            1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

              Re Lobster Trap, we've been going there occasionally for years and always had decent meals. The last time we went (about 6 weeks ago), however, the food -- especially the lobster -- was horrible. It will be a while before we return.

              The lobster bisque was very good, as usual, but the lobster -- both the steamed and the broiled versions -- were tough and very, very chewy. Very disappointing when you're in the mood for delicate lobster meat.

          2. Take her to Starfish- they'll split the mostly 2lbish lobsters they serve between 2 people, if you ask- so your daughter wouldn't have to eat an entire lobster. Still comes in the shell, but they've cracked all the important spots, so it isn't too much work.

            Very fresh, perfectly cooked, and I think it came with frites.- worked out to about $56 for a 2 lb lobster- worth every penny. If I wanted to introduce a 7 year-old to lobster, that's where I would go.

            McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Birmingham
            719 Shades Creek Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35209

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            1. re: phoenikia

              This person wants to take her 7 year old out for her first lobster and does not want to demolish a budget. 56 dollars is a bit Plus it is much fun to demolish your first lobster whole.

              1. re: Crispy skin

                I don't think so- I don't consider $56 to be demolishing a budget, but maybe that's just me. I consider the food at Starfish to be nice and straightforward, and reasonably priced given the quality.

                Plus, if you get the lobster split between 2 people, as I suggested, that works out to $28 each, just a bit more than you'd be paying for a single mediocre lobster at Red Lobster.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Ya it's just you, ;-) nobody else can afford it.... Anywho redlobster is a better bet and i have lots of kids and we like to get our own lobsters and pick them ourselves...It's more than 28 bucks each but we get to pick them and the biscuits are good and the restaurant atmosphere is ok. It's pretty hard to mediocre steam a lobster????

                  1. re: Crispy skin

                    I don't know about that- I've had some pretty mediocre steamed lobster- at Red Lobster, as well as at non-chains.

                    I've gotten to the point where I'd rather have no lobster than eat seafood at Red Lobster, but I am the first person to admit I am finicky when it comes to seafood in Toronto.

                    Whatever floats your boat.

                    1. re: phoenikia

                      There's nothing wrong about being finicky when it comes to seafood; I am as well. I have had overcooked and undercooked lobster at high-end restaurants that should have known better.

                      My single visit to Red Lobster was uninspiring - everything was overcooked.

                      When eating lobster I like to suck on those skinny little legs to get all the meat out, and I love the liver and eggs. The shell is amazing too; it is all you need to make bisque - you do not need any lobster meat.

                      1. re: phoenikia

                        I agree I would rather spend more money elsewhere than waste my money at Red Lobster.

                        My grandmother lived in Brantford and spent a chunk of her life before that in the Maritimes. So, whenever we visited in Brantford, we would end up at Red Lobster because it was the best you could do for seafood.

                        Well, I have therefore seen Red Lobster consistently over cook, boil (rather than steam), not properly drain, not properly crack, and otherwise ruin dozens of lobsters in my life. I have experienced similar atrocities to lobster at other Red Lobster locations on other occassions.

                        Don't do it.


                        The Lobster Trap on Avenue road looks a little more worn (definitely could do with a reno), but, it can correctly cook a lobster if you don't want to do it yourself.

                        Starfish is also reasonable if the slightly more upscale atmosphere doesn't pose a problem (depends on the kids and the parents).

                        Chinese is a great idea. Certainly cheap and the places suggested would definitely be less formal and open to a large group. And, I don't for a second believe there is anything about Canontese-Chinese food that is going to inherently put children off.

                        I'm as pale-skinned as the next guy or more. I sunburn in under 10 minutes in the summer; and I've been eating sushi since I was in a high chair and Chinese since before kindergarten.

                        Some children need up to 10 exposures to a new food before they readily accept it. In my opinion, the only appropriate response to children turning their noses up at dim sum is to go more frequently.

                        1. re: Atahualpa

                          re: Chinese food / dim sum putting kids off, agree completely with Atahualpa

                          The parents' reaction (positive or negative) to a food has a huge impact on whether the kids are likely to make strange with it. I grew up spending most Sunday nights in a Chinese restaurant- so that was a treat for me, at least partly because it was a treat for my parents. Whereas, from a young age, I was warned to be wary of meatloaf in case less than optimal meat was used, and as a result, I've never had any desire to try meatloaf.

                        2. re: phoenikia

                          I had the rainbow trout chefs special at Red Lobster for lunch today. The sauce was wonderfull and piled with shrimp on top. 13.75 good value.