Sourcing Lobsters and Lobster Bibs (Downtown)
I'm looking to purchase 8-10 1.5-2lb live lobsters today or tomorrow, somewhere in or near the core. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best places to go, both in terms of quality and price?
Also, if anyone had any ideas on where to purchase lobster bibs, I'm all ears!
I picked up one live lobster today at T&T Milliken, and I'll steam it in a couple of hours. If it's good I'll post photos. If not, well...the price was the same, $8.99/lb.
I picked from a tank that had a lot of moribund lobsters. Two belly up. This never happened before, but T&T used to be independent. I chose one that had some life left in her (staff confirmed it was a female) and was able to speed backward in the tank.
Frankly, most were rejects today, and I'm not sure this is the fault of the seller: lobsters are held in a huge pound for weeks and months in the Maritimes (our tax dollars built the pound). At this time of year they will be caught sometime earlier.
Why does Milliken restaurant appear in this this post, mods?
7725 Birchmount Rd, Markham, ON L3R9X3, CA
St. Lawrence market, some seafood markets and some dollar stores carry the lobster bibs but it is hit or miss. When Ikea has craw dad season usually mid may, they carry quite fancy bibs.
I had a good lobster from T&T yesterday. I haven't really had a bad one from them, but I pick carefully. The second photo shows the two small egg spinnerets of the female, which is preferable for a tender, juicy lobster.
This one was priced at $9.50, and the service was good.
Saw bibs today at the Dollarama in the Dufferin Mall. Two differnt styles, even! Don't know if they have them at every Dollarama, but it might be worth a peek. They were in the outdoor living/barbecue aisle, though, not the regular kitchen one.
Other than that, bibs are the kind of thing I could imagine Tap Phong carrying, although that's just a guess.
360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA
Thanks for the advice everyone. Due to time constraints, we ended up doing a quick buzz through Chinatown and checked out a few grocery stores' lobster selection.
We bought 10x 1.25 lb'ers at $6.99 from the grocery store on the West side of Spadina, North of Dundas. All 10 of the lobsters were fresh and tasty, but 4 of them had either no right or left claw, or had a seriously undergrown claw. The lesson is to look at each lobster as they're being taken from the tank.
The lobster bibs were found at the St. Lawrence Market, as were lobster-shaped crackers. The crackers were pretty much garbage though - they didn't fit around the claws, and when they did, the lobsters slipped right out.
In addition to the lobsters, we purchased 40 Oysters from Oyster Boy on Queen West. Each one was amazing, fresh, and well received by our guests. If you go there, make sure you ask for their accompanying toppings. I generally each oysters raw, or with a bit of lemon juice, but these home-made sauces were great.
872 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G3, CA
St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA
I bought five 1.5lb lobsters at Diane's Seafood last Friday, for the ridculous price of $8.88 a pound. They were divine. Not sure if that price is here to stay, but for $13.50 a lobster, I know what I'll be making much more often...