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Fun places for dinner near Queen/King and Spadina?

I enjoy the Queen Mother Cafe. It's not exactly "Rock and Roll" diner - more Queen Street West regulars. But their high-quality eclectic menu and great drink selection is sure to please.

Queen Mother
206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

Sourcing Lobsters and Lobster Bibs (Downtown)

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.

Oyster Boy
872 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G3, CA

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

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!