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where to find exotic meat?

I have seen on travel/food shows mentioning about different
meats like moose, horse, snake, turtle lol.
so where can I find these kind of meats in toronto?

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  1. I wasn't sure you were going quite that exotic, had only heard of people eating some of these meats in Louisiana or Australia.
    Not sure if you would get any of the ones listed above, but in St. Lawrence market - south building upper floor, I saw signs for emu, ostrich, buffalo meat, but unsure if they would have the ones you had listed, sorry.

    1. You are pretty much out of luck... in ontario all meat has to be farmed and inspected to be legally sold. That rules out moose, bear etc.. Horse you should be able to find a Cumbrae's or if you aks them they will point you in the right direction. As for snake and turtle I double there are any farms in Ontario but you may be able to order it up from the southern US.

      Restaurants cannot even serve things as un-exotic as wild grouse because they are not farmed...

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      1. re: OnDaGo

        fwiw i have seen frozen uncooked turtle at T&T

      2. You cant find horse at cumbraes. Gross (I have a horse meat issue). I dont know anywhere that has it other than La Palette.

        Ostrich, emu, buffalo, wild boar and venison are quite easy to find, but that's probably as exciting as you'll get, saskatchwan farms elk as well. Ive heard people tell me they have consumed bear and caribou farther north, but have no clue where to find them in the GTA or Ontario.

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        1. re: cupcakez

          Caribou and elk can be purchased from companies such as Sheridan Specialties and La Ferme. However, they supply to restaurants. I don't know if the general public can buy from them.

          1. re: DrewStar

            i'm pretty sure you can get elk tenderloins/steaks/sausages from one of the meat guys in the north market on saturdays at St. Lawrence. if not... there are definitely elk farms in Ontario as the mennonite place Fresh from the Farm sells sausages that comes directly from one of them. i think the name is Eramosa?

            i too think i've seen the frozen turtle in some chinese groceries.

            if you want moose, you're going to have to know a hunter. you won't find it sold anywhere. thankfully, i've got a possible supplier and will be testing it out myself soon.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              There are two elk farms in the Guelph area and yes, one is called Eramosa. They also have a stand at the Guelph Farmers Market. Try the teriyaki jerky. I can second that the only way you will get moose is from some one who got a permit to shoot one. And, it is really not supposed to be sold. My Dad lives up north and occasionally gets some from clients who always make it very clear that it is not payment for their bill...

        2. try the "butcher shop" if they don't have something i'm sure they would be happy to source it out for you

          1. Thanks for the all the info and recommendations.
            Keep them coming lol.

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            1. re: newcaveman

              I have purchased muskox, buffalo, kangaroo, ostrich, elk, and yes, horse, at Whitehouse Meats in the St. Lawrence Market. Horse is usually available fresh on order only, but the others are there at least most of the times I've visited. Whitehouse isn't my butcher of choice for regular ol' steaks, etc (for that, I go to Upper Cut Meats, also in the St. Lawrence Market), but for the more exotic and/or organic meats, Whitehouse has tons to choose from.

            2. Frozen snake and turtle can usually be found @ chinese grocery stores. Winter's coming around, snake should be available.

              I've seen frozen ostrich meat too.

              Bamburgh (Steeles & Warden) Food mart had deer meat this wkend when i went.

              1. I do not necessarily encourage all of the following, but:

                Several places sell horsemeat either openly or on the QT. I can't remember specifics, but they do exist and get mentioned sporadically in food columns. There was one long established cheval specialist roughly in the St Clair and Dufferin area. Batifole often has it on the menu.

                There is an elk vendor at the East York Farmers Market on Tuesday mornings (though next week is the last day of the season).

                Cajun Corner sells frozen aligator.

                Many Chinese markets sell snake and turtle in one form or another. Some of the Chinese markets on Spadina (and probably elsewhere) have been known to sell fresh turtle meat cut from live turtles. I realize there are cultural issues involved, but this one is WAY too much for me. (No, it isn't legal!)

                1. Frozen Horsemeat (sounds like a bad 70's rock band) can also be found at Pusateris on Avenue. In the freezer at the north end of the meat section. Have frequently been tempted to buy some, but have no idea how you prepare it.

                  1. Thanks again for the additional info about horsemeat, muskox,
                    elk, etc.. I'll be hunting for them too soon, thats fer sure lol.

                    1. Well, as you probably know, Chinese have a tradition of rare meat. Not sure if you ar going to buy and cook. I am not that good of a chef, so that's out for me. However, if you are into cocodile meat, you can try the City Inn. Inside Market Village (Markham. Kennedy & Steels) 905. 479. 6863 - The head chef does a few different restaurant by the same owner. So call ahead if you are something nice.
                      I had snake soup/meat at different Chiense restaurant. That's more common now!