Lobster, once an expensive food associated with the elite, has experienced a boom this summer in Toronto. Perhaps it’s as a result of the historically high hauls Canadian fisherman have been experiencing this year. Whatever the case, record low lobster prices mean we’re all able to dine like the Kennedys. Whether you’re a lobster-eating newbie or an old pro, we round up our top ways to enjoy the celebrated crustacean.
Lobster is incredibly simple to cook, once you’ve gotten over the fear of killing your own dinner. The first step, naturally, is to pick up some lobster – 1 to 1.5 pounds per person is about right. Heading to the Maritimes for the weekend? Then grab some live lobsters on your way back (when packaged properly, you can carry these onto the plane). For the rest of us landlocked folks, stop by Hooked to get your lobster fix – they carry them most Fridays.
Now, for the cooking part. There are a ton of videos and tutorials online outlining the best ways to do this, but Simply Recipes and Bon Appetit are our faves. Once you’ve boiled the sucker, we suggest letting it cool and eating it with hot butter and lemon; preferably outdoors and with an ice cold beer. A tip for amateurs, eating lobster is messy, so leave your fancy clothes for another time.
Drake’s Sunday Lobster Fare
Every Sunday evening this summer, The Drake Hotel serves up lobster on the Sky Yard. Beginning at 7 p.m., and by reservation only, lucky diners can snag a seat and enjoy lobster and its accoutrements in a fun, family-style dinner. For $32 (plus tax and gratuity) diners receive a one-pound lobster, grilled corn, butter and herb potatoes, coleslaw, a biscuit, strawberry shortcake and a bottle of Keith’s. Oh, and hot butter – of course. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us. For non-beer lovers, there’s also a special Bin End wine list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416.531.5042 ext. 1 for reservations.
Craving a good, ol’ fashioned East Coast party in Toronto? Then LobstahPalooza is the place to be this Sunday, August 19. Hosted by Rock Lobster Food Co. and 99 Sudbury, this lobster-focused jamboree begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a 1.5-pound lobster, a variety of summer sides (including corn-on-the-cob, potato salad and a fresh lobster salad) and three drink tickets. Tickets can be redeemed from any of the local craft beer, wine or spirits partners, which include Tromba Tequila and Kesington Ale Beer. There’ll be live music and prizes on-site. For those craving one of Rock Lobster’s signature lobster rolls (pictured above), they’ll be available for an extra price. Visit the EventBrite page to purchase tickets.
Buster Sea Cove Food Truck
Will 2012 be known as the year of the food truck? Maybe, but you won’t hear any arguments from us. This May, St. Lawrence Market stalwart Buster Sea Cove joined in with their very own, seafood-focused food truck. They’ve got a bevy of seafood delights, including fish tacos and crab rolls, along with (what else?) lobster rolls! You can find the mobile seafood-shillers most lunch hours at the corner of Queen & Jarvis, but food truck expert Suresh Doss is a great resource to locate Buster Sea Cove, along with other food trucks.