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Any good seafood markets in the GTA?

Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 09:18 AM

I am new to the area (Burlington/Oakville) from the USA and can't seem to find any good local seafood markets with live fish, crustations and more! If I could afford it I would do Whole Foods but the prices are crazy! I need to find the guys that they buy from! Any tips would be greatly appreciated! So far, the only place I found is an Asian market of some sort called Grant on Dixe by Burnhamthorpe in Mississauga.

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  1. Herb RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 10:41 AM

    I would imagine the reason we don't have any seafood markets is because we're nowhere near an ocean.

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      tochowchick RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 11:12 AM

      I love the fish at Seafood Depot on Aviva Park Dr. in Woodbridge (west of Weston Rd, north of Steeles)...they supply a lot of restaurants and have a lot of turnover so things are always fresh...have a HUGE supply of frozen fish and seafood too. It's also a great place to browse...lots of other things...olive oil, vinegars, spices, cheeses etc...worth the trip. I got some delicious fresh haddock there this past Monday...very yummy.

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        PoppiYYZ RE: tochowchick Oct 24, 2010 05:27 AM

        Second Seafood Depot. Generally good prices and availability. It is worth the drive, then stock up for a month. Since most unfrozen fish on display has been previously frozen and is also available frozen, buy it in the frozen state and defrost yourself.

        For live fresh fish and seafood, Asian markets are the only way to go.

      2. Kagemusha RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 11:24 AM

        Grant's? Ughh. For the far west GTA, try T&T in Mississauga for better quality. The newly-opened Oceans supermarket at Hurontario+Eglinton is supposed to be OK for now. Costco also has a limited selection of good quality fresh fillets--vastly better than what's offered at the malodorous fish counters like Loblaws.

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          echerub RE: Kagemusha Oct 24, 2010 03:35 PM

          Agreed about Grant's seafood corner - after my first look in there, I have not even considered getting anything there. Far better to hit the T&T in MIssissauga just 5-10 minutes to the west.

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          thefoodpursuit RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 23, 2010 01:09 PM

          Diana's http://www.dianasseafood.com/ ...although a little far from you, but I'm putting it out there.

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            Arcadiaseeker RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 25, 2010 06:04 AM

            Pisces near Summerhill is the best in my opinion. But it is pricey.

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              Snarf RE: Arcadiaseeker Dec 21, 2010 04:16 AM

              Piscec was bought by Mike's a few years ago after George passed on. Quality and service has suffered since then. Mike's also runs the counters at Pusateri's various locations.

              For sushi quality cuts, Taro's on Sheppard near Bayview, Seaway on Nassau, or Bill's Lobsters on Gerrard near Broadview. Taro's is expensive, the others less so. For crabs and lobsters, Bill's is the standard. For oysters, Diana's.

              Bill's Lobster
              599 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

              1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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              00CP RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 25, 2010 08:09 AM

              Try Osler Fish Market, near Dupont and Dundas West (on Dupont)

              From another thread:

              Osler Fish Market on Osler (go under the rail viaduct at Dupont and Dundas ... east of Keele). They're commercial suppliers (lots of restos and mongers) and have a retail shop too.

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                JennaBean RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 25, 2010 08:17 AM

                All Seas is probably the biggest supplier in the GTA for fish and seafood. I've only dealt with them for commercial orders so I'm not sure if they do retail at all but it would be worth a call. The best retail I've found is in the east side of the GTA.

                Diana's Seafood.
                2101 Lawrence Ave East
                Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4
                (416) 288-9286

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

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                  Kagemusha RE: JennaBean Oct 25, 2010 08:42 AM

                  Mike's next door is All Seas retail front.

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                    JennaBean RE: Kagemusha Oct 25, 2010 09:30 AM

                    Wow! I had no idea. I've done everything over the phone!!! Thanks for the info. :-)

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                    PoppiYYZ RE: JennaBean Dec 19, 2010 05:43 AM

                    Third Diana's. Checked out Diana's for the first time yesterday. WOW.

                    Among the usual fish, there's a great selection of whole fresh fish, huge selection of oysters, fresh sea urchin roe (!!!), fresh smelts (for those of us who don't fish them ourselves), hot smoked salmon (expensive - $16/lb) but very good AND hard to find in TO, helpful friendly staff, plus, plus, plus.

                    Thanks for the tip CHers.

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                      thefoodpursuit RE: PoppiYYZ Dec 20, 2010 02:15 PM

                      Some stuff I find pricey but other stuff can be a bargain, especially if you run into a time where they're clearing out. For example, I remember buying salmon / cod fish heads to make fish stock and they were $1 for a two - better than any Asian supermarket I've seen and very fresh. I also remember buying mussels when they were in season for a great price but best of all, they were HUGE. But I guess that's because they're in season haha. Other things I buy are calamari to fry under batter. I generally go there because I know the stuff will be fresh and I will find what I need. So I don't mind paying a little more. That and I tend to find bargains anyway since I'm not picky about what gets served for dinner.

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                        elvisahmed RE: thefoodpursuit Dec 20, 2010 06:14 PM

                        Well speaking of bargain I think the Mussels box at Costco is hard to beat for 9.99 we got a big 2.2 KG box!!!! all the mussels were pristine and dirt free (I am pretty sure they are cultured hence no dirt) We had like 4 huge servings from that box. For live fish I just usually stick to T&T.

                  3. TorontoJo RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 25, 2010 08:35 AM

                    Given that the OP is in Burlington, for practical shopping trips, his best bet is probably the T&T in MIssissauga. I'm not dissing any of the other suggestions for quality, though -- he'll just have to save those for special trips.

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                      LJS2 RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Oct 25, 2010 11:30 AM

                      There is a seafood store on Lakeshore next door to the Olde Butcher Shoppe. This might be worth a look.

                      1. ToxicJungle RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Dec 20, 2010 09:00 PM

                        Diana's Seafood

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

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                          ToxicJungle RE: ToxicJungle Dec 30, 2010 05:30 PM

                          I am sorry, need to take it back, I was there yesterday, yes on the variety but no on the freshness, bought some oysters in a tub and half a fillet of "fresh" salmon, the oysters were good but not the freshest, the salmon was disappointing, not just because it wasn't sushi grade, as that is what I asked for (I was planning to make sashimi, and asked the lady who said yes), but wasn't fresh enough to be normal(it was mushy), cooked it and still couldn't eat it after a couple of bites. Lucky I bought some sliced beef from the PAT East grocery store.

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                          phoenikia RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Dec 21, 2010 04:31 AM

                          I'm surprised no one has mentioned City Fish Market on Dufferin.

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

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                            Hdub RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Dec 21, 2010 09:04 AM

                            I always like City Fish at Lawrence and Dufferin. They have a great selection of whol fishes and the place always smells like the ocean.

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                              lchow4983 RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Dec 30, 2010 10:53 PM

                              At St. Lawrence Market - there are a number of fish stores; ie, Domenics, Seafront Fish Market, etc.

                              St. Lawrence Market
                              92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                                ylsf RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Dec 31, 2010 07:03 AM

                                The place mentioned by the Old Butcher shoppe downtown Oakville has quality fish but it is pretty $$. I find that Whole Foods does have a great selection and while expensive is sometimes cheaper than other specialty shops downtown Oakville. The other downtown Oakville fish store I know of is Seacan (by the 3s restaurant, owned by the same people... their website seems to be down, haven't been by in a while to the fish store as I found it pricey and the selection continued to drop over time...)

                                The Mermaid and Oyster (in Oakville, on Kerr) has gotten positive recommendations from here in the past.


                                I only went once and just got some oyster's to eat on site.

                                1. PoppiYYZ RE: Native FOOD HUNTER Mar 13, 2011 08:07 AM

                                  Stopped into Bill's for the first time and was disappointed. 3-4 tanks of Lobster (at 10.99/lb) but otherwise a meager selection. Diana's is still the place to go for fish, shellfish, and they also had live lobsters at 9.99/lb.

                                  Still can't wait to try Charles' suggestion of First Choice Market though....

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                                    foodyDudey RE: PoppiYYZ Mar 13, 2011 09:01 AM

                                    I shop at Bill's because it's just 5 minutes away, but if I lived closer to Diana's or had more time to travel around, I'd buy all seafood there. You can't compare the selection.

                                    Now there is another option on Queen St near Logan: Hooked Inc. but I have not been there yet.


                                    HOOKED inc.
                                    888 Queen Street East,
                                    Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1J3

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