Tofino in Western Canada: Dining Posted July 30, 2003 For breakfast in Tofino, I recommend a little place behind the CIBC called the Alleyway Cafe. The patio furniture is made of driftwood, and check out the large laurel bush. I always pluck a leaf and inhale the aroma. The Alleyway Eggs are excellent, 2 over-easy eggs on an english muffin, with cheddar and Swiss, salsa, and some kind of white sauce. You may end up sharing a table with some hippies, but don't sweat it, man, it's all good.Right beside it is The Common Loaf bakery. They have some weird pizzas by the slice, if you're into stuff like yam paste instead of pizza sauce. But the best is the Peasant Loaf, a chewy crusty bread with dates and sunflower seeds, which just begs to be broken off by the chunk and eaten plain, preferably shared with friends as you stroll casually to the beach.The most reliable place for live dungeness crab is the Weigh West Resort, just before town, on the right. Make sure you get large ones, with no legs missing, and, if you can, squeeze the legs to make sure they're hard. If they're caught locally, especially from Long Beach, they'll have a purplish color. These are the best in my opinion. Sometimes crab is brought from Nanaimo or Mill Bay, but they tend to be dull red or brownish.You can also try the Crab Dock for a better deal/fresher local crab, but no guarantees. Also keep your eye out for signs on the way into town.Want some free oysters? Go to the 4th St Dock. See the loading ramp? Look to the right of it, between the dock and the ramp. This is where the oyster boats from the oyster farms load up the oyster truck. Many oysters fall from the nets as they hoist them into the truck. If you get there after a recent load, you should be able to wade in and collect armfulls. Slightly dodgy, but in the 3 years I lived there, I always had plenty of oysters for beach cookouts.