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ISO Flavourful, reasonably priced Eye of Round in central Toronto ?

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Bigtigger Apr 5, 2009 05:53 AM

I cater a weekly dinner for a UofT fraternity - the brothers have good appetites and a reasonable but definite budget.

For their final dinner of the academic year, I want to serve them thin-sliced eye of the round in a nice garlicky jus.

Does anyone have experience of where one might purchase flavourful eye of the round, better hung and definitely better trimmed than one might find at, say, Loblaw's, but not at Oliffe prices ? Thanks for your help.

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    juno RE: Bigtigger Apr 5, 2009 08:18 AM

    You are, I take it, referring to VEAL eye of the round. If so, it's hard to find one that's both of good quality and at a reasonable price. I know someone who gets hers at White House Meats in the St. Lawrence Market, but she's obliged to order it a week in advance. It's certainly tasty - I've had it a few times - but it ain't cheap (I don't know the precise price, I'm afraid). I get the impression that most of White House's eyes of the round are scooped up by higher-end restaurants.

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      theresah RE: Bigtigger Apr 5, 2009 08:28 AM

      I buy alot of my meat at Grace Meat, 644 College Street. Their meat is fantastic and their prices cannot be beat. Speak to owner Joel Gold, 416-534-7776.

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        Crispy skin RE: Bigtigger Apr 5, 2009 11:07 AM

        Round is too tough of a cut for a dry cooking method. Best bet is going to Costco and getting a full standing rack rib roast for 100-120 dollars and slow roast in the oven.

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          OTFOODIE RE: Bigtigger Apr 5, 2009 09:47 PM

          You can get good beef Eye at the St Lawrence Market. My first choice would be La Boucherie, but Whitehouse would be good as well. Both hang their meat well.

          To make Beef Eye of the Round tender, saute lots of onions and garlic, or whatever seasoning and flavourings you desire, wrap it tightly in foil, shiny side in and cook 8-10 hours as slowly as you can. Even better, if you can, would be to set the oven at 145F and cook it overnight and the following day. The internal temperature to reach the 145F and still be medium rare and the meat will be quite tender with the slow, moist cooking. Be careful unwrapping as you want to use the juices.

          1. jayt90 RE: Bigtigger Apr 6, 2009 04:46 AM

            The three places below are within range of the annex. Grace has already been recommended, and Fiesta Farms may be able to accomodate. Gasparro's has had uniformly good notices on these boards.

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            Fiesta Farms
            200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

            Vince Gasparros
            857 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

            Grace Meat
            644 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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              Bigtigger RE: jayt90 Apr 6, 2009 05:49 AM

              Thank you to everyone who made such helpful suggestions. As recommended, I spoke with Joel at Grace Meats, who was extremely pleasant, and who is going to have 12 lbs of well trimmed eye of the round for me at noon hour.

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