Introducing: Buster’s Sea Cove, Toronto’s first seafood-focused food truck
With lobster rolls seemingly showing up everywhere this spring, the timing couldn’t be better for the city’s first seafood truck, brought to you by the owners of 20-year-old Buster’s Sea Cove fish fry in St. Lawrence Market. At present, the truck can most often be found during lunchtime (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the corner of Queen and Jarvis. Owners Tom Antonarakis and Quinten Tran decided on a food truck concept for Buster’s Sea Cove about a year ago, after Tran spent time in California and saw the mobile dining trend picking up steam in Toronto. The vehicle was up and running at the beginning of May, just in time for the Street Food Block Party.
More than just an extension of the St. Lawrence Market location, the Buster’s Sea Cove food truck offers a completely different menu. In the kitchen is chef David Hoang, who, with Antonarakis, creates new dishes for the truck’s continually changing menu ranging from $7 to $15. The truck’s signature item is the Maine-style lobster roll ($13) made with Nova Scotia lobster, mayo, celery, chives and lemon juice on a toasted, top-split bun with a pickle and Miss Vickie’s chips. There’s also Ensenada-style fish tacos ($4 each) made with hand battered fish, cabbage, salsa verde, pico de gallo and guacamole, served on a corn tortilla. A newer addition to the menu, unveiled at the recent Peller Estates Food Truck Eats event in Niagara-on-the-Lake: Buster’s crab roll ($10), made with Alaskan crab and Buster’s marinade, served on a top split bun. A warning though: as with the city’s other food trucks, as the weather gets warmer, the lineups have been getting steadily longer.
Buster’s Sea Cove, Queen St. E. and Jarvis St. (most of the time), 416-369-9048, @bustersseacove