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May 29, 2008 10:24 AM

Steak question

I've got a friend coming over for steak tomorrow while the ladies go see sex and the city. So steak seems like the logical counter-move. I'm curious to hear about CH'ers opinions on where they suggest getting a steak.

I'm open to any suggestions, preferrably within the grid of East of Yonge, South of Danforth, North of Eastern, West of Coxwell.

I was going to go for Cumbrae's as a default. But i've had some really good Angus steaks from Dominion's. Is Sterling Silver (Sobey's) any good? Royal Beef? I've been to Lady & Sons, and won't go back.

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  1. i would do Cumbreas in your neighbourhood - tried tested and true

    or cheese botique (a few minutes west of you and out of your territory)

    i've also heard greats things about 'the butcher shoppe' in etobicoke but haven't been able to try yet

    1. I walked by what looked like a high end butchery on Danforth, same block as Allen's. Can't vouch on price or quality, but it looked interesting.

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      1. re: Snarf

        This would be Blackstone's. It's new....just opened up this week.

      2. My first pick would be Royal Beef. There is also the new Rowe Farms at Queen & Logan and Blackstone Organic Butchers at Danforth and Chester might be open by now (I don't know for sure).

        Meat on the Beach is a decent fallback, a little further east.

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        1. re: Mila

          Rowe farms...i've bought a couple things from them. There's been a lot negative reviews of the place (embee), and I tend to agree. I would qualify Rowe as regular quality with a premium price.

          1. re: grandgourmand

            Have to say I agree, the prices have sent me running. I'm glad to see Blackstone is open and will report back when I've tried it.

            So...... did you buy those steaks yet?

            1. re: Mila

              Nope. After work.

              Curious to hear your report on Blackstone. That area definitely needed something. There are a few greek butchers in the area, but I fing them lacking.

        2. I really enjoy the boneless rib steaks i've bought at T&T on Cherry Street....very reasonable as well.

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          1. re: Jay98

            maybe you were lucky (or i was unlucky)

            but i've had the worst possible luck with meat at t&'s VERY cheap but it's never soft to me - i think they don't age it at all maybe?

            but it never feels like a high quality piece of meat in my mouth

            1. re: ssainani

              Chinese groceries will generally not have aged meat (much less dry aged meat).

          2. You may want to try Costco (of all places). They seem to age their meat properly, and the prices are decent comparatively speaking. They have a package of New York cuts -- 8 per package -- which I've had great BBQ success with; tender and tasty.

            The usual issues apply to Costco: be prepared to buy in bulk quantities, membership required, line-ups at the cashiers, etc. etc. (On the bright side: you get your exercise, having to walk for miles to get to what and where you want.)

            Good luck.

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            1. re: yaddayadda

              It's standard cryovac aging; the advantage is in the buying pressure they can exert on big Alberta packers, who don't want to lose the account.