The price of some seafood restaurants in Toronto can leave you thinking, “holy shrimp!” And unless you’re living in the Maritimes, it’s hard to find fresh fish on the cheap. That’s why here at Indie88 we decided to take it upon ourselves to find some of the best spots to whet your appetite for an affordable price. What’s the catch? You have to experience some seriously bad puns. Enjoy!
The Fish Store | 657 College St.
Tucked away in Little Italy is a cute nautical-themed restaurant where their cheap seafood will have you hooked! The Fish Store offers a variety of seafood options at an affordable price. Nab a Grouper Fish Burger ($5) or a delectable Shrimp Burger ($5). Looking for something lighter? Try a Fish Burrito with a wide selection of fish: Tuna, Snapper, Catfish, Rainbow Trout and more ranging from $9-$14.
Off The Hook Gourmet CO. | 749 Broadview Ave.
Serving up gluten-free dishes, organic batters and fresh local produce, Off The Hook offers up some hearty meals for seafood lovers. Try a tasty Mahi-Mahi Sandwich ($8) paired with a variety of tasty sauces: Walking Wasabi, Curry Mayo, Go-Go Green Pesto and more. Grab some fish tacos with your choice of pico de gallo or mango slaw for only $4.25 or try their Crab Cakes Aioli ($8) featuring some fresh Atlantic crab.
Len Duckworth’s Fish and Chips | 2638 Danforth Ave & 2282 Kingston Rd.
If you live on the Danforth, you know that Len Duckworth’s Fish and Chips offers some of the freshest (and most affordable) fish and chips in the city. Enjoy some of the hottest and crispiest halibut, haddock, sole or blue cod combos ranging from only $9-$13. Check out their second location in Scarborough and we suggest dining in for that authentic British experience!
Seven Lives | 69 Kensington Ave.
Now hear us out! While you wouldn’t normally expect a Mexican-restaurant on a “Best Cheap Seafood” list, Seven Lives is a wonderful exception. Their Tijuana-style tacos feature fresh ingredients, generous portions and plenty of options from the sea. Some of their creations include the Baja Fish Taco with deep-fried mahi-mahi ($5) and delectable Shrimp Tacos ($5). Not to mention they have an incredibly savory Black Pepper Marlin Taco topped with a super creamy avocado sauce ($5).
Pearl Diver | 100 Adelaide St. E.
Pearl Diver is a fabulous place for some great seafood specials. Their daily specials include 12 for $15 oysters from 12-6pm. Or if you’re really hungry you could go for the 100 for $100 with a date, or shuck them all for yourself. We don’t judge.
Buster’s Sea Cove | 120 Bremner Blvd.
In the heart of the St. Lawrence Market lies a bustling seafood joint with a wide selection of great eats. Buster’s Sea Cove offers a variety of fried or grilled seafood sandwiches, salads and tacos. Their grilled Tilapia sandwich is a beloved favourite ($8.95) or you could try their Ahi Seared Tuna Taco for only $5!
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