After properly cooking a lobster, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh seafood and drinks at Billingsgate Lighthouse Café. Today's Groupon is valid only at the Edmonton location.
Born in Alberta in 1907, Billingsgate Fish Company has bestowed landlocked humans with plates of fresh seafood for more than a century. Billingsgate Lighthouse Café in Edmonton, open since 1998, presents a menu speckled with hearty starters such as lobster bisque ($6.95/dinner bowl) prepared French style with cognac and cream. A light oil, untouched by the dark magic of hydrogenation, coats halibut fish and chips ($12.95–$16.95), and the Alaskan king crab slides onto tables alongside rice, potatoes, vegetables, and beautifully drawn butter ($39.95). Diners can opt to devour their grilled, steamed, or broiled specialties on the Café's patio or safely avoid projectile computer monitors within the dining room's confines.
Billingsgate Lighthouse Café
As a tram driver in the late 19th century, Bert Malthouse ferried passengers past one of London's most vibrant and eclectic seafood markets—Billingsgate. Seeing this historic site daily apparently left quite the mark on Malthouse. In 1907, shortly after moving to Canada, he founded a market near present-day Calgary and named it after that famed seafood supplier. And being miles away from the nearest ocean didn't deter Malthouse from his mission one bit—he used a humble horse and buggy to supply the prairie region with fresh, wharf-worthy catches .
Over the next century Billingsgate Fish Company expanded to three seafood markets, two cafes, and two processing plants, all without losing that original passion for fresh-caught fish. Now owned and operated by the family's fourth generation, Billingsgate reaches out to both shores and stocks its displays with everything from Pacific salmon and oysters to Atlantic lobsters and halibut. As part of this maritime-inspired empire, the two Billingsgate Lighthouse Cafés welcome diners to sample some of the markets' freshest catches. New arrivals appear in the daily pasta special, while the fried fish and chips and the steamed lobster would fit in seamlessly at a seaside eatery or potluck in Atlantis.