Who's your fav. butcher at St. Lawrence Market?
In particular I'm looking for the best counter to pick up for the following:
Chilean Sea Bass
My absolute fav butcher at SLM is Gus. He's one of the owner's of La Boucherie, first meat purveyor on the north east side of the south market. You'll get some of the best tenderloin there. Smoked trout, any of the fish mongers in the back should be able to help you out, but I prefer Mike's Fish Market. Not too many carry Chilean sea bass as it is considered endangered and the fisheries are on the verge of collapse due to poor quoto adherence. For rabbit, Di Liso's or White House Meats is your best bet.
Mike won't carry Chilean Sea Bass for the reasons you list.
I get most of my meat at uppercut, though if you look around there are always deals at different butchers. The one near the main front door (walk in, it's on the left across from the fruit market) always has slabs of beef tenderloin on for 7.99/lb (or maybe 8.99). Its an extra $.50 for vacuum packing,
Got to say I had a really nice experience at The Upper Cut, mainly because they will cut anything for you. Got some great hangar steaks.
But for rabbit, yeah Whitehouse.
I don't really have a favourite. I'll look around and see what looks good/what's a good price and adjust accordingly.
If I had to pick one, I'd have to say Whiteveen's. I quite often pick up a tri tip from them.
For fish I generally prefer Dominic's but as I understand it, Mike supplies the fish to all the vendors down there through their wholesale branch.
The bottom line is, you pretty much can't go wrong.