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Nov 18, 2009 02:21 PM

Fresh oysters - retail, not resto

So, this Friday night is our weekly date night and I wanted to pick up 2 dozen fresh oysters as a starter to go with the white Pacific salmon [fresh out of the ocean, couriered in from my nephew, the BC fly fishing guide :-) ] I'm doing for the main.

Looking for a good vendor of fresh, fresh, fresh oysters and more than 1 or 2 options of varieties. Stopped by Pisces today - had difficulty being understood by the counter staff and getting a straight answer. Likewise they only had 2 varieties. We will be eating raw with shots of vodka, so looking for a selection of 3-4 different types, all nice and fresh.

Anyone have a good oyster-monger they're willing to share?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Willing to go as far as Scarborough? Because if you are, try Diana's.

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

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    1. re: Wahooty

      Second that. They generally have a great selection, as in 6+ different varieties, plus a few bulk boxes of very good value. Definitely worth a visit.

      1. re: Full tummy

        Thank you both for the recco's. I likely should have mentioned that I am constrained to walking distance from the TTC, as I don't have access to a car during business hours.

        Hoping there might be something closer. I see vendors at St Lawrence Market, but don't know the dodgy from the bona fide, as I usually don't buy my fish there...

        1. re: Thatcher

          Mike's Fish Market at the St. Lawrence Market has always been excellent for fish. Can't speak to the oyster specifically but they always looked pretty good!

          1. re: Thatcher

            Diana's is right on Lawrence. Pretty easy by bus.


            1. re: Davwud

              ... and definitely worth any extra effort.

      2. oyster boy will sell you oysters at a good price, as long as you're ok with pretty much all east coast oysters, half a dozen varieties. they're a fairly major distributer even though they've only got one small restaurant front.

        1. Rodney's oyster house will also sell oysters and should have a good fresh selection. They are on king just west of spadina on the south side. I am not sure if Rodney's by the bay does retail but you could try at bay and just south of richmond.

          1. I 5th the recomendation for Diane's. Lots of choice, very fresh, well priced and staff is very helpful. Easily accessed by TTC.

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            1. re: robb

              Thanks again for all the recommendations. Turns out my SO will be driving on the 404 tomorrow and will make the detour to check out Diana's. Looking forward to seeing what we get...

              1. re: Thatcher

                So we did manage to get to Diana's. GREAT recommendation. We got a mix of 3 kinds of oysters from PEI, BC and Alaska - all fresh delivered on Thursday and at an extremely reasonable price.

                Apparently the fish selection was incredible. We'll be trying something a mix for sashimi next and will let you know how that works out.

                I won't be going to Pisces again, even though they're only 2 blocks away...Thanks again for the good advice.

                1. re: Thatcher

                  Your welcome. I posted a minute or two before Wahooty but it never actually posted, just displayed "working"

                  1. re: Thatcher

                    So glad to hear that. It's always great to find an awesome place that's been off your radar isn't it??


                    1. re: Davwud

                      I buy most of my fish at Dianas.
                      Found it here on Chowhounds several years ago, and it has been my go to place ever since.
                      However I am a terrible shucker, (end up with bits of bone every time) and they won't shuck them for you even if you are willing to pay.
                      They did at one time.
                      Does anyone know if there is a retail outlet who will ?
                      I know a restaurant will, but if I am paying restaurant prices, might as well eat in.
                      I would drive anywhere.

                    2. re: Thatcher

                      Glad you found what you needed, Thatcher. I love that place - never gotten any fish there that I was unhappy with, and sometimes the sales are incredible. Enjoy!

                2. Bill's Lobster on Gerrard at Broadview. Very helpful owners - bought delicious Malpeque's yesterday for $1.50 each. They also had some from Japan - can't remember the name.