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Why Eat Oysters

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.

Oyster vs beef

Oysters are little water purifiers

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.

It's a love hate relationship with their shells

Oyster shuck
the Guinness World Record for shucking is 39 oysters in 1 minute

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 are nutritionally sound

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.

Could there be a better first date food?

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.

The best buck-a-shuck & Oyster specials in Toronto

Ready to save the planet and start slurping oysters as part of your dining out routine? Here at Dealiem we’ve found the hottest spots for buck-a-shuck oyster specials.

Nome Izakaya Donmills
Nome Izakaya - 4 O'Neil Rd, Toronto

"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."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters Tue-Wednesday: 5pm-midnight

Melrose On Adelaide - 270 Adelaide St W, Toronto

"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."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters
$45 bottle of Melrose Prosecco
Sunday: 2pm-close

Diana's Seafood
Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill - 2101 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough

"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."

The Deal

$1.25 Everyday

Bar Hop King
Bar Hop on King - 391 King St W, Toronto

"Intimate, happening tavern serving a very large variety of craft & bottled beers, plus upscale bar chow." There is also a Danforth location for those further east."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters Mon-Tuesday: 4-close

Pearl Diver
Pearl Diver - 100 Adelaide St. E, Toronto

"One of the best seafood spots offering a homey feel & a seasonal menu with craft beers & vegan options. Daily happy hour 4-6pm"

The Deal

100 oysters for $100 Thursday: 5-10pm

Watson's - 388 Richmond St. W, Toronto

"Great selection of Whiskey and cocktails, date night feels, and live music Wednesday."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters
1/2 priced wine bottles

Bar Hop Session
Bar Hop Session - 681 Danforth Ave, Toronto

"Relaxed vibes with a wide selection of craft beer on tap, plus a creative menu of pub fare."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters Mon-Tuesday
$6 select draft Wednesday

Nome Izakaya Donmills
Kitchen on Sixth - 2976 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto

"Locally owned cafe featuring a range of traditional British comfort dishes in a rustic, comfy space.

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters Thursday
1/2 off bottles of wine Wednesday

Oyster Mine
Oyster Mine - 2035 Yonge St, Toronto

"Midtown's seafood joint serving a wide variety of land and sea dishes in modern comfort."

The Deal

$1 oysters Tues-Thursday: 4-close

Danforth Sidebar
Danforth Sidebar - 161 Danforth Ave, Toronto

"Music-centric cocktail bar specializing in classic cocktails with an extensive collection of local Ontario craft beer. Located beside The Danforth Music Hall, for pre and post show drinks."

The Deal

buck-a-shuck oysters Wednesday: 5-close
buck-an-ounce of select wines Everyday

Other Notable Oyster Deals

Bryden's pub
Bryden's Pub - 2455 Bloor St W, Toronto

"Bloor West Village's neighbourhood pub vibe offering 15+ local craft beers & a diverse menu of global eats."

The Deal

$1 oysters Tuesday: 6pm-close

Pablo's Snack House
Baro (Pablos Snack House) - 458 King St. W

"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"

The Deal

$5 Estrella Damm,
$6 select glasses of wine,
$6 for 5 oysters,
$5 Casava Frita

Thurs-Sat: 5-7pm

Biffs Bistro
Biff's Bistro - 4 Front St E, Toronto

"Relaxed restaurant with a patio serving classic French fare plus an extensive wine list."

The Deal

$2 oysters (with Bottle of wine purchase) Tues-Saturday

Islas Filipino BBQ
Islas Filipino BBQ & Bar - 1690 Queen St W, Toronto

"Traditional Filipino grilled fare plus tropical-inspired cocktails served in a relaxed atmosphere with some great daily specials."

Our Favorite Deal

$9 for 6 oysters Tuesday
1/2 off chicken wings Wednesday

Bar Neon
Bar Neon - 1226 Bloor St. W

"Quaint back patio, chill vibe, and delicious Mediterranean dishes made from scratch with great happy hour specials."

The Deal

1/2 off MP oysters Everyday: 3-6pm

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Restaurant oyster specials are constantly changing. Find real-time oyster deals in Toronto with Dealiem.

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