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Breakfast Sausage

zxwaze Sep 5, 2009 01:54 PM

Any Good sources for quality breakfast sausages in the British style (Bangers)?

  1. Squeakycheese Sep 5, 2009 04:31 PM

    Summerhill Market has them, they're pretty good but not fantastic.

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      simplepieman Sep 5, 2009 04:41 PM

      In my recent experience, the breakfast sausages at Boom Breakfast on Eglinton between Yonge and Avenue bear the closest resemblance to the real thing.

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        millygirl Sep 5, 2009 05:01 PM

        so what makes breakfast sausage british style?

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          simplepieman Sep 6, 2009 10:14 AM

          My non-expert take: Very finely minced, with a high fat and filler quotient, and a thin casing made nice and crackly from being fried in hot lard. I agree with Kagemusha below that it's pretty bland and greasy even at the best of times. Needs a lot of HP sauce.

      2. Kagemusha Sep 5, 2009 05:37 PM

        If it's "death by sausage," then give me something tastier than a banger for breakfast. I like the teensy Brandt lightly smoked natural cased farmer's sausages.Quickly parboiled then grilled under the broiler, they're heaven. Best bought fresh from their factory store in bulk unpacked.

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          Squeakycheese Sep 5, 2009 07:14 PM

          Dude, try a quality British banger, you'll never go back!

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            Kagemusha Sep 6, 2009 05:03 AM

            I have and find them numbingly predictable: too much grease, too little flavour, too pallid. Provided there's choice--which, happily, there is in abundance--I'll pass on a bland old banger. Barese, fresh grilled, is way better any day.

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              LovelyAsia Sep 6, 2009 11:29 AM

              If you are ever in Whitby, try Alans Butcher Shop. He was born and raised and learned the trade in Manchester - where they are serious about their Bangers! :)

              Then Alan brought his skills to Canada.

              He not only makes authentic Bangers, but also Scottish Squares (Mike Myers was right - all Scottish food is based on a dare!) and makes all of his sausage in the store - fresh with many unique and wonderful flavours - like the best Sundried Tomato sausage I have ever had, and some great Lamb sausages inlcuding a great spicy Mergez and a lamb and leek. I think he alternates between the lamb sausages week to week but Bangers are a mainstay there.

              He also sells free range chickens and turkeys and all the usual stuff you would expect from a quality butcher.

              This shop is the one place I miss more than any other since moving from Whitby.

              If you go, tell him his admirer who would bring him cookies says hello! :)

              (Yes, he is such a nice guy I would often bring him home made chocolate chip cookies when I went in to shop!)

              If you are in search of quality Bangers - it's worth the trip to Whitby! :P
              I seem to remember he is closed on Monday's so if you are making a special trip call ahead and confirm his hours and he will save you some Bangers!

              It has been a while - I think I need to make a trek out to Whitby myself real soon!

              Alan's Butcher Shop
              122 Athol Street
              Whitby, ON
              L1N 3Y9

              (905) 430-6328

              (Tried to link, could not add a new link...?)

        2. Full tummy Sep 6, 2009 11:15 AM

          I highly recommend the English Breakfast Sausage from "The Butchers" on Yonge. I don't know if it's exactly what you want... very fatty, very yummy.


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            cinnamon girl Sep 6, 2009 09:58 PM

            The Healthy Butcher has a variety of British sausages chipolatas, lancashires ... a couple of others. I saw them in the Eglinton shop (but didn't buy any), but don't recall seeing them in the Queen West shop.

            1. Full tummy Nov 14, 2009 08:41 PM

              Had the breakfast sausages from Cumbrae's this morning; very, very good if you like this type of thing, as I do. Plump and porky.

              1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                capiscum Nov 15, 2009 05:47 AM

                I looooove the chipolatas from the sausage stand at St. Lawrence Market. Sorry, I forget the name of the stand, but it's on the east side, pretty close to the entrance, not as far up as Carousel Bakery.

                St. Lawrence Market
                92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                  currycue Nov 16, 2009 08:17 AM

                  My absolute favourite ones are at the Village Grocer in Markham. I make a special trip for their sausages every now and then and then fill up my freezer. If that's too far, try Strickland's on Greenwood just below Gerrard. Pretty good, but a little on the salty side.

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