Last summer, I had this major craving for fish tacos while I was at work. Ever since I had them in San Diego in 2009, I can’t get them out of my head. But I didn’t know where to get one in Toronto. I ended up searching chowhound and came across this discussion on fish sandwiches in Toronto. It’s called The Fish Store and it’s located by Grace and College. It sells fresh fish as well as hot foods including grilled fish sandwiches, burritos, chowder, salads and brown rice platters. I realized that I had passed by this place many times before in the summer. It’s hard not to notice the big “Fresh Grilled Fish Sandwiches” banner, the bright blue paint and the glass doors.
At the time, they didn’t have their website up yet (it’s under construction right now but I have seen it up and running before) but it didn’t matter because there was the Toronto Star article, yelp reviews and all the great feedback from the Chowhound discussion that I was sold.
After work, I found myself making my way to The Fish Store in the rain. Yes, in the rain lol! When my mind is made up, I’m very determined to see something through. Especially, when it comes to food. It doesn’t always work out well for me.
Some people think of me as foodie and I don’t know if I’m worthy of the term. You can let me know what you think. I have a friend that once said to me “Julie, you always bring me to little mom and pop shops…you have a thing for them”. I didn’t realize that it was a “Julie thing”. It’s so natural for me to seek places out, to read about them and make it my mission to go and try them out. I’m all about the food and supporting the small business owners that make it happen. The more I learn about the people behind the food, the more committed I am to them. The whole process is fun.
I still remember how incredibly satisfying it was when I bit into the sandwich that first time. It surprises me every time just how good it is. Consistency is key and this place has been amazing every time.
According to the Toronto Star article, the sandwich bun originates from Golden Wheat Bakery (across the street from The Fish Store). The fish sandwich includes lettuce, tomato and red onions, and your choice of fish (price varies). The fish is grilled to perfection with seasonings. I think it includes lemon pepper, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated parsley, dried chili pepper, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil dressing.
Before going, I’m always thinking to myself, I got to figure out what is in this amazing seasoning of theirs, but I never think to ask when I get there and I guess a part of me wants to figure it out on my own because it’s like a fun mystery and it keeps me coming back so everyone wins.
I have had halibut, tilapia, trout (think that’s the second photo below) and during my most recent visit I had grouper (first photo below). I had it almost everyday on my Mayan Riviera trip. I really miss eating grilled grouper.
They have their daily specials posted outside.
If you want, you can add avocado for an extra charge. They give it to you on the side – I think I got half an avocado. I ate a couple of slices and stuffed the rest into the below photo).
During my last visit, I found the fish sandwich to be incredibly light in comparison to meat sandwiches. Mind you, I just finished a hot yoga class and was famished. It took a lot out of me to walk away instead of ordering another.
Anyways, if you are ever in the mood for fish or if you or someone you know don’t like fish, this could be the place that changes that. Just make sure you check their hours (posted on the yelp link). Keep in mind, it’s closed Sundays. For some reason, I crave it a lot on Sunday when it is closed and it drives me crazy.
Now, after all that, have I tempted you to go out to The Fish Store and give it a try?
Do you have any favourite fish sandwiches, fish tacos or fish burrito shops? Please share in the comments.