The one thing all East Coast expats complain is missing in Toronto, aside from the life-enhancing properties of sea air, is a good fish shack. Now they’ve got one—run by a former seafood importer and oyster shucking champ, John Bil. There’s a counter where you can buy that day’s haul to take home, or you can wait (there’s often a queue) for a seat and order from chalkboard menus. Don’t pass up the house version of okonomiyaki, a crispy pancake topped with fried onions, microgreens, twitching bonito flakes and slices of lovely smoked steelhead trout. There’s almost always a thick, creamy chowder chockablock with mussels, prawns, clams, button-like scallops and snapper, with chives snipped overtop. If that doesn’t make you long for the ocean, nothing will.
2766 Dundas St. W., 416-604-9992, honestweight.ca