The city has re-fallen in love with oysters. (Well, it can be argued that we were never ‘out of love’ with the famed bicuspids, however their ubiquity is at fever pitch right now.) Slurpin’ these bad boys is a favourite pastime of ours – it’s often become our post-meetings go-to – so we thought we’d share five of our favourite spots to snatch some shuckin’ good oysters…
Of course we couldn’t do a rundown of top oyster spots without mentioning the master. Rodney’s selection of li’l shuckers is excellent, and his own reserve oysters truly are, essentially, the perfect slurp. Oh! And the sauces… the Seawitch is sublime, and Nicki can never get enough of the vinegar with shallots.
The Hogtown Pub & Oysters
These guys shuck with the best of ’em. For starters, you can get as many shells as you’d like Thursday nights for a buck fifty a pop. And they serve them ‘Hogtown’ style, which you can liken to the classic route: fresh horseradish, lemon wedges, and Tabasco sauce. Mmm…
Famous for their daily buck-a-shuck – after 5pm the first 500 oysters to have their shells popped are only a buck each – Biff’s Bistro is also just one of Toronto’s staple restaurants. On Sundays, you can head over with your own bottle of vino (with no corkage fee) and enjoy a tray with some mignonette.
The little Ossington restaurant that could. Fishbar is a hidden gem to be sure, and it’s mostly Ocean Wise which makes it all the more meaningful to pop by. On the weekends, they do oyster specials during their Happy Hours (Friday through Sunday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm). The rest of the menu is seafood share plates… so be sure to order a few other fishy friends and have a shuckin’ good time!
La Societe Bistro
A Parisian style restaurant that overlooks Bloor Street is always apropos… especially on East Coast Oyster Thursdays. This not-cheap restaurant goes ghetto with their pricing on bicuspids right before the weekend, serving up $1 East Coast oysters with the typical accoutrements. PS You should probably go baller here at least once and order up the Grand Tower…