Buster's Sea Cove has been one of the best discoveries I've made this summer. How could I have gone so long without knowing about this little gem? Well, now I'm spreading the news, this place is amazing!
We were cruisin' though St. Lawrence Market one day and spotted this little gem in the corner. Our first trip was just a "samplin" We ordered the New England clam chowder, chicken & shrimp gumbo and deep dried calamari.
Both soups are advertised as "homemade" and they really come out that way. They had great flavours with plenty of substance. My biggest pet peeve is chunky soups that aren't chunky. You definitely don't have that problem here.
Our next visit the following week, we went all out and had lunch on the back patio. That's what I love about St. Lawrence Market, all the available outdoor eating space.
This lunch was undeniably one of the most satisfying meals I've had this summer... and I have had some reallly good meals this season! The crab cake sandwich was one of the best, lots of crab and just enough filling to turn it into a "cake". The fixings weren't too crazy and just complimented the sandwich perfectly. The choice of flatbread is complete genius as well. It just makes a great boat for all the seafood. It also creates a good balance of protein and carb when you go in for a bite. The accompanying coldslaw was great too. I am not a big fan of vinaigrette based coleslaw and found the creamy cold texture a great addition to the meal.
This is my half of a grilled swordfish sandwich. I first had swordfish when we were in Miami and really like it. I try to order it as often as I can now. I loved the simplicity of this sandwhich. When the ingredients are so fresh and clean you really don't have to do too much to make it all shine. Just a few lashings of mayo on toasted flatbread and you're on the gravy train!
Instead of fries we went for an order of calamari instead. Genius. It was crispy and tender, but not chewy.
With Buster's Sea Cove, I feel like you get a really good bang for your buck. Often, with seafood establishments, you pay a lot and never get the quality or quantity you paid for. The service is fast, the food is fresh and you feel good supporting a locally owned business.
Great lunch with my favourite Sok sisters! Yes that is hero burger in the background. Do. Not. Judge. Me.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking through High Park admiring the newly bloomed Cherry Blossoms.
By the way, they've also launched a Food Truck - making it easier for diehard seafood fans to unite and stalk their every move. Follow them on twitter @busterseacove
Buster's Sea Cove
St. Lawrence Market
93 Front St. E