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Want food high in protein without contributing to greenhouse gases? Look no further than oysters. Not only do they have a low carbon footprint compared to other animal-based proteins, they also serve to filter water and prevent algae blooms.
Oysters suck at tolerating the discharge from sewage and other toxins. This means that oyster farmers generally have to be more aware and conscious of the quality of water that they’re farmed in.
As oysters suck in water, they can retain particles as small as 2 microns. That’s not as efficient as a life straw, which filters particles as small as 0.2 microns, but filtering 2 microns is no small task! For reference, your cheesecloth filters particles about 400-600 microns small.
They package these particles into bundles that are utilized by other organisms for food. The filtering capabilities of oysters are even more impressive when you consider the volume that they filter per day. Each oyster can filter over 55 litres of water every single day. Imagine how much an entire oyster farm can filter. The impact of cleaner and clearer water means improved water quality for all marine life and increased sunlight penetration for aquatic plants.
Shucking oysters can be quite difficult. Their shells are sharp and hard and sometimes oysters can be really stubborn about opening up. But their shells are also one of the reasons why they’re so good for the environment. Oysters use carbon dioxide from the ocean in their shell formation. In the ocean, their shells can create reefs and habitat for marine life. On land, their shells contain calcium and micronutrients that make excellent compost.
Oysters have more zinc in them compared to the same amount of liver or steak. They also contain B12 and fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, which have been associated with improved mood. For those counting calories, a serving of oysters contain half the calories as a serving of beef.
While their aphrodisiac properties are hotly debated, oysters do contain plenty of vitamin E, zinc, and dopamine - the latter of which is a vital element that governs brain activity and influences sexual desires. Oysters also give you an opportunity to look sexy and dangerous while holding a shucking knife.
Due to the current restrictions on indoor dining in Ontario, the oyster specials below have been suspended until further notice. Check back with us when restrictions have been lifted for an updated list. Cheers!
"Latin inspired shareable plates, for an intimate hangout on the 2nd floor during Fiesta Hour. THey also have one of the best rooftop patios in Toronto"
|$5 Estrella Damm,
$5 select glasses of wine,
$5 for 5 oysters,
$5 Chips & Salsa, Empanada,
$9 French 75 Cocktails
"Quaint back patio, chill vibe, and delicious Mediterranean dishes made from scratch with great happy hour specials."
"Japanese Restaurant and lounge boasts chill vibes, weekend DJ's, great drinks and amazing food to share. They also have a sidewalk patio as well as a Yonge and Sheppard location for those peeps further north."
|buck-a-shuck oysters||Tue-Wed: 5pm-midnight|
"Marketplace vibes, bright and casual, with wrap around patio."
|buck-a-shuck oysters with drink purchase||Wed-Sun: after 2pm|
"Inspired by Athenian snack bars, this stylish spot serves mezes & seafood plus cocktails & wines, and a heated patio."
|buck-a-shuck oysters with drink purchase||Tues-Sun: 4-5pm|
|half off bottles of wine||Sun|
"Lively pub with a side patio serving craft beer & a varied menu, plus brunch on weekends."
|$4.50 Bomber Lager (16oz)
$6 glass of wine (red/ white/ rose 6oz)
"Irish-themed bar with pub grub, TV sports, an exposed-brick interior & 2 levels of outdoor seating with great daily specials and happy hours."
|buck-a-shuck oysters||Fri 4pm-close|
|$6 daily draught||Everyday|
"Relaxed restaurant with a patio serving classic French fare plus an extensive wine list." Oyster specials will restart after dining rooms in Toronto re-open.
|half off bottles of wine||Wed, Sun|
"One of Toronto's best seafood restuarants, using fresh ingredients from their retail store. There is a sidewalk patio to enjoy in the summer and a Markham location for those further north."
"Hip eatery serving a changing menu of farm-to-table Canadian food, craft beers & local wines, and hourly half-price deals on Sunday as part of their F*ck Monday promotions." Oyster specials will restart after dining rooms in Toronto re-open.
|buck-a-shuck oysters||Wed: 6-7pm|
|1/2 off oysters||Sun: 5-6pm|
"Charcuterie & Cocktail bar in the Entertainment district. Initimate setting, sidewalk patio, and great happy hour specials makes the perfect place for a get together or date night."
$35 bottle of Melrose Prosecco
"Craft Cocktails and in the heart of Toronto, CafeTO sidewalk patio, and a Cocktail Hour that will make you... very, very happy."
$6 draft beer
$9 Cocktails & Martinis
"Trecce means to braid, and this Italian restaurant has crafted the perfect braid of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas & fresh fish into a classy and cosy dining experience."
|buck-a-shuck oysters||Wed: 4-10pm|
|$30 bottle of Pinot Grigio||Everyday|
"Intimate, happening tavern serving a very large variety of craft & bottled beers, plus upscale bar chow."
|buck-a-shuck oysters||Mon-Wed: 4-7pm|
Restaurant oyster specials are constantly changing. Find real-time oyster deals in Toronto with Dealiem.