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May 17, 2009 05:32 AM

etobicoke grocery/restaurant suggestions

I'm moving to the "Sherway" area and need help with organic shopping suggestions. Also looking for great restaurants to try. New to the site so no bashing please. I know the mall has a open market on Fridays and other markets nearby? Thanks everyone!

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  1. hiya,

    welcome to the 'hood. :)

    a few ideas off the top of my head (not necessarily organic) but just generally good places in the area:
    - cheese boutique
    - pasquale bros
    - mike's fish (i think that's what it's called)
    - whitehouse meats
    - etobicoke farmers market on saturdays @ the old etobicoke city hall
    - dimpflmeiers (sp?)
    - future bakery on north queen
    - tre mari (shorncliffe)
    - hot oven bakery in cloverdale
    - boncheff (they have a fairly large oils/sauces/salts/etc. area)
    - ma maison (best french boulangerie/patisserie)
    - milano's pizza on bloor

    i also make a special effort to get to longos at the mississauga/etobicoke border (on ponytrail) ... great produce and meats.


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    1. re: lilaki

      thanks so much lilaki for all the great suggestions. I'll be sure to post this list on my fridge.

      1. re: l1sabird

        re: organics ... you may want to look into a delivery or pick up service ... i've got another thread going about plan b organics which is a CSA ... i think you can click on my name and find the thread...

      2. re: lilaki

        Bonchef is strictly gardening now. Sadly, all the food products were removed late last summer.

        1. re: lilaki

          Tre Mari- I know they had a location in a strip mall on Burnhamthorpe, just west of Renforth (I think?), but it closed down not too long ago- did they move to Shorncliffe?

          1. re: strawberryfields

            It's on Burnhamthorpe just west of The West Mall.

            1. re: tuttebene

              the burnhamthorpe location closed down the last time i drove by ... but the original 'headquarters' is still on least according to the website:

              1. re: lilaki

                Thanks for the correction; seems I haven't yet taken notice that it's gone!

        2. i forgot to add lenny's ... tiny little restaurant @ dundas and islington. great lasagne take-out special from 4-6 pm each day if you need dinner in a pinch.

          1. oh ... and anatolia's gets good feedback.

            and a personal favourite - joe's pastizzi's plus on dundas

            btw - if you're into baking, mccalls has great supplies and a good chocolate selection (think valrhona, callebaut, etc.)

            1. Planet Organic on Lakeshore east of Hurontario is a great source for everything organic:


              The Elmwood Meat Market is in the same little strip plaza, and it carries meats from Beretta Organic Farms:


              Medium Rare on Dundas west of Kipling is an excellent, relatively new butcher shop that carries a large selection of premium specialty meats:


              Another great place for produce is AJ Lanzarotta Wholesale Fruit and Vegetables:


              Chef's Choice on Jutland is not bad either, and it's around the corner from Pasquale's, which is definitely worth checking out:

              Welcome to the 'hood! There's a lot to discover - many hidden gems in Etobicoke!

              Pasquale Bros
              16 Goodrich Rd, Toronto, ON M8Z, CA

              Chef's Choice Cash & Carry Ltd
              50 Jutland Rd, Toronto, ON M8Z, CA

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              1. re: redearth

                Can you tell me more about what you like at or about Medium Rare? Unfortunately,each time I passed by, it was closed.

                1. re: tuttebene

                  The sausages are great and the whole chickens are very good valu and flavour for the money. The steaks aging in the fridge are almost purple in colour, which is a very good sign. Furthermore, the staff is knowledgeable and willing to help or cut anything.

                  1. re: tuttebene

                    Frank's sausages are amazing - he has a real passion for sausage-making, and is constantly developing new recipes (I believe he has over 50 types of sausage!). His beef is fantastic also - try his prime rib chop - it's enough to feed three people and is absolutely delicious. I don't think you can go wrong there, to be honest, but beef and sausages are definitely his specialty.

                    1. re: tuttebene

                      We just started going to Medium Rare and it is wonderful. We had some turkey sausages wtih sundried tomatoes that were excellent. The casing wasn't too tough which is what normally turns me off sausages. They are also gluten free for those celiacs out there. We typically get his New York striploin and it is amazing. Each one is about 16oz but he can cut to your liking. We get one between the two of us and it is more than enough.