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Lady and Sons (Butcher) = Disappointing

grandgourmand | Jan 28, 2008 04:17 PM

I read on another thread about good Toronto butcher shops and Lady and Sons was suggested to be the place that filled the void of good butcher shops in riverdale/leslieville. I was eager to go, because I too believe we are lacking in that area.

My experience was disappointing:
1) I wanted some sausage casing. Figure a good butcher shop should have that on hand, but nope. Not this one.
2) I wanted a piece of beef chuck for a pot roast. No dice. But wait a second, they had some in the back. A large chunk of meat (vaccuum packed) came out of the back room. I didn't pay much attention to the piece of meat (my own fault there) and asked for three pounds. They cut it packed it. I got sticker shock at the $20 price tag, but figured it's organic and better quality so bite the bullet. When I get home and unwrap the thing, lo and behold, it's actually four big slices of flank steak, one on top of the other, each cut in half. I feel pretty damn stupid for not having looked closer, but it was Sunday and I was hungover.

The quality of the meat was fine and the rest of the selection looked pretty high quality. Not a problem there. But a second rate experience due to lack of sausage casing and the Chuck F**k up. Complaining about the sausage casing might be a stretch, but I think that's a little detail that separates the wheat from the chaff.

Does anyone have other suggestions around the area? I'm a big fan of Jerry's Supermarket on Danforth, between coxwell and greenwood on the norht side. Old school butchershop/grocery story. Starting to sell organics.

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