Where to buy a cast iron pan?
Where can I buy a decent cast iron pan in Toronto? Preferably in the downtown area.
What kind are you looking for? Plain cast iron or enameled cast iron? For plain, you can buy Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron at Canadian Tire and some kitchen stores. For enameled, there are several brands such as Le Creuset and Staub that can be purchased at any high-end kitchen store. Ikea has a line of enameled cast iron as well.
Honestly, though, for plain old cast iron, your best bet is to buy a used/antique one on eBay or at a garage sale. The old ones (e.g., Griswold or Wagoner) are great quality and are often already seasoned from years of use.
Perhaps you might try Lee Valley Hardware, on King St., which is a hardware store with a surprising selection of very good quality kitchen tools-like rasps/cheese graters, stainless spice jars, kitchen scales, etc.. and they have an online catalogue.
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Kensington Market. I seem to recall Sasmart having some, north side of Bellvue Square park, 6 Denison Square
416-596-6415. Tap Phong on Spadina is always a good bet too.
The Benix stores all over the GTA have a line of Chinese-made cast iron cookware at lower prices than Walmart or Cdn Tire. $25 for a 5 or 6 qt. Dutch oven that comes with it's own iron trivet is as good a price as I have seen in years.
I was in the new Crate & Barrel store in Yorkdale Mall yesterday and noticed some lovely cast iron pans. I can't recall the brand name, but it was not Lodge.