Lady and Sons (Butcher) = Disappointing
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.
I actually had a great experience with the "Lady' of Lady & Son- she had a cut of meat that I hadn't found at two other spots, and when I told her what I was cooking, she threw in a couple of extra pieces to assist with the stewing. Don't write them off- there isn't much else in the neighbourhood, especially organic! I think you should go back and talk to the owner.
I, too, have had positive experiences at Lady & Son. I think the reason I've had such good luck is because I've always talked to "Lady" about what it was I was planning to cook. She'd then make recommendations/suggestions accordingly. Also, as she's been getting to know me, she's been great about sending me home with new things - for free - just to get feedback or introduce me to a cut or type of meat I've not tried before. For the first time, I feel like I'm building a relationship with a butcher and actually learning some things. Anyway, do give her another chance, if you can.
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I have had nothing but great service and great cuts of meat from Lady & Son. Service is heartfelt and top notch. She will also be adding fresh produce come spring which will be very welcome do to the dearth of grocers in Leslieville. As far as Rowe Farms goes I don't think its much to get excited about. Its not the same as it used to be when it was just John running things. Does anyone know for sure if Rowe Farms uses local sources of meats only or is their US beef coming in now?