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Apr 13, 2008 07:19 AM

Where to find best chorizo in Montreal?

Hi everyone,

I'm a long time moocher / no poster, but I finally have a reason to speak up. So far, the best chorizo I've found in Montreal is at Capitol in the Marche Jean-Talon.

Does anyone out there have opinions on where the best can be found?


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  1. Howdy!

    First question, Portuguese or Spanish?

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    1. re: zekesgallery

      Good point! Spanish is what I'm looking for!

      1. re: jcrayamsterdam

        La Vieille Europe has really good Spanish chorizo, both spicy and non spicy ones. I have been buying the spicy one a lot, and cook with it weekly (basic scrambled eggs, bean dishes, even sauteed over some pasta). Very good. But I am also wondering if Librairie Espagnol has better ones or better prices since La Vieille is not particularly known for being cheap.

        1. re: emerilcantcook

          Seconded on the imported Spanish one from Vieille Europe. Pretty pricey at around $13 each, but o so good. (This is not the product they've been carrying for years and keep behind the full-service counter, but a newish arrival found in the self-service area.)

          Les Cochons Tout Ronds at JTM sells an excellent Spanish-style chorizo, but the supply isn't very steady...

          Le Traiteur du Terroir (St-Laurent/Marie-Anne) makes a very good Portuguese-style one. It's mainly a French-style place, but apparently the gentleman acquired the recipe with the business.

          1. re: Mr F

            Finally tried the chorizo from Les Cochons Tout Ronds. First "uncooked" tasting suggested that it was a little too fatty compared to what I used to get at Vieille Europe, but after searing on both sides on a griddle and crisping some of that fat, it was really really good. Definitely a chorizo to save for standalone eating rather than cooking with it.

    2. this place has great Portuguese sausages:)
      La Petit Portugal; 427 Hotel de Ville; (514)849-3426

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      1. re: phishphood

        I will give this a try as well though, never tried Portuguese chorizos.

        1. re: phishphood

          Is that the depanneur across the street from Soares, on the corner of Duluth?
          Because, if so, I concur. Dried chorizo, sliced and added to chili. To. Die. For.

          1. re: rillettes

            That is a different one, it is on the corner of Bullion and Duluth and I think called Choricos (sp?).

            1. re: emerilcantcook

              Thanks for the info. I haven't bought any chorizo in awhile, and will probably just start making my own, but I lurved the dried chorizo from there.

              1. re: rillettes

                I had been buying Chouri├žor's sausages from Segal and other stores, vacuumed in plastic and I finally decided to get my chorizo from the source. The display was small, and I didn't see some of the other items (such as the boudin noir) that I have seen elsewhere but I bet they keep some in the back. What a difference it makes to buy it without the plastic wrap, and I think I paid much less than Segal, which is quite extraordinary. Some eggs are smiling at me, Iknow what I am having for dinner tonight.

            2. re: rillettes

              In the back of the dep acrss the street from Soares, there's Chouri├žor or at least it's the brand name they use for the portuguese chorizo they distribute around town. For Spanish I stick to La Vieille Europe mild or spicy. You can ask for more or less dry. depends if you want to eat raw or cook. The imported Palacios is good but given the price tag I'll stick to La Vielle Europe.

          2. For dried chorizo, the best I've had are from Maitre Boucher on Monkland. For fresh and or smoked chorizo I usually go to Vielle Europe.

            1. They sell some at the Fromagerie Atwater as well as some divine Serrano ham

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              1. SA on the corner of St Laurent and Villeneuve make a great chorizo. They also carry an impressive selection of portuguese cheese and well-priced olives (in the dairy section). There's Benfeito too, on the corner of Villeneuve and Colonial I think? near there anyway, across from the beer-making place. Benfeito often also carries a soft young goat cheese at the meat counter, it's in a styrofoam tray, with brine around it and is from Quebec, no label. Tasty stuff.