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  • fhick Aug 14, 2007 06:57 AM
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Does anyone know where I can buy merguez sausages in or around Toronto? I have not been able to find any so far. I have tried all the "sausage merchants" in St-Lawrence Market and none have them. I also asked at Boujadi where they get theirs...the answer...from Montreal.

Thanks!

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  1. you might be out of luck. whenever we go to montreal we stack up on merguez because we haven't been able to find them here - but we have not yet checked out the lawrence east area.

    1. Have you tried Atelier Thuet?

      1. I recall Olliffe 1097 Yonge St. at Summerhill (416-928-0296) or Bloor Meat Market at 2283 Bloor St. W at Runnymede (416-767-2105) having merguez sausages. Olliffe is signficantly more expensive than your average butcher but also has an interesting variety of sausages. Bloor Meat Market has a more standard selection of sausages for a reasonable price. Calling ahead might not be a bad idea.

        1. Here's a link to an earlier thread on the subject. For the record, I've heard good things from other sources about the merguez at La Fromagerie, which is mentioned in the thread, although I've never tried them myself.
          Good luck; let us know where you find them and how they rate.
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417510

          1. I believe the Healthy Butcher carries merguez sausages. I haven't tried them personally, but I have had bought several other types of sausage there and have never been disappointed.

            More info: http://www.thehealthybutcher.com/

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            1. re: tartiflette

              I buy good ones from the North St. Lawrence Market on Saturday mornings. The specific vendor I'm talking about it on the east wall of the building, closer to the south end.

              1. re: acd123

                Yes, I've bought these as well, they are good. But go early, they tend to run out.

                1. re: childofthestorm

                  I just got home from SLM, I ducked into to the north market because I recalled this thread and I haven't tried these yet, 3pm I guess I got lucky, a place as you say east wall south end had em, they are quite small, I got about a pound for 9$ (she said regular 10.50$ but it is late i the day) she had one other bag on hand...my backpack smelled great when I opened it at home, thanks for the tips on an item new to me, looking forward to dinner tonite!!

                  1. re: Recyclor

                    Did you like them?

                    1. re: acd123

                      ..sorry about the delayed response acd123, I had a change of plans, as things go with my 3 yr old, and had to toss them in the freezer...will get back to them asap...thanks for askin' though...

                      1. re: Recyclor

                        You threw your 3 year old in the freezer!

            2. Scheffler's Delicatessen in the south St. Lawrence Market sells a pack of 6 for around $8 - I've bought them there a few times.

              1. Cumbraes makes a merguez sausage. It's quite good, but certainly not the spiciest version you'll find (some people have complained about this, so if you're looking for a real kick you might want to look elsewhere). Also, it's typically available only in their freezer, although with the dense texture of a merguez sausage I find that they defrost and cool well without any real loss in texture.

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                1. re: cybergod

                  cumbrae's buys their's from the same place as oliffe's, which has already been mentioned. the butcher's (yonge north of eglinton) also gets them in. they're outstanding (and i'm fairly certain they're halal, too).

                  1. re: tuqueboy

                    Hello tuqueboy, can you tell me the exact name and address of your butcher (Yonge North of Eg)? Thanks

                2. When in Whitby, check out Alan's Butcher Shop
                  122 Athol Street
                  Whitby, ON
                  L1N 3Y9

                  (905) 430-6328

                  He makes different specialty sausages every week on a regular rotation - so what he doesn't have this week, he will have the next.

                  The Lamb and Leek is one of my favourites, and his Sundried Tomato Sausages are a best seller. One of the sausages he makes is a Lamb Merguez which is fairly spicy.

                  Even though I no longer live in Whitby, I try and make a trip out there a few times a year just for his sausages - and I live within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market but have yet to find sausages as good as Alan's!

                  Not only does he make excellent sausages, he is so friendly and personable it makes the shopping trip such a wonderful experience.

                  1. Thanks eveyone, next Sunday, I will try St-Lawrence market North (early in the morning), La Fromagerie and the Healthy Butcher and Olliffe.
                    If I can find some merguez in multiple locations, I will compare them and let you know what I think.
                    Again, like many others, I am from Montreal and am used to be able to find Merguez at any grocery stores if I don't have time to go to North African stores.
                    I will definetely share my findings with all of you since tit seems I am not the only one who enjoy this delicious spicy sausage.

                    Thanks again!

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                    1. re: fhick

                      Hi there - the St Lawrence North Market is only home to the farmers market on Saturday. I think that Sunday it's a flea market, and I don't think the sausage sellers are there, so you might want to reschedule your visit if possible. Good luck!

                    2. You can purchase Meguez sausages at Loblaws - check the Dupont/Christie location. Packaged in the meat section - not bad either.

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                      1. re: jkmanosque

                        Yes, President's Choice, fresh merguez, 300 gram package for $3.99 at No Frills. I bought some, pleasant but bland. Worth the money; just add your own spicing.

                      2. I just bought some this morning at the STLM on the North Side the Sausage Chorizo king guy. They went fast!