Need a Kitchener Area Butcher Shop
I am going to be in the area over the holidays and need a good butcher shop. Would normally go to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market but it will not be open while I am there. Does not have to be high end, only looking for simple beef cuts. thanks
By "St Jacobs Market, are you actually referring to the Waterloo Farmers Market (just on the outskirts of Wloo, but well before St Jacobs)?
If so, that would have been my first recco, as it's where locals go to buy non-grocer meat. This is farm country, so if someone is using a butcher and *not* going to the market, they're likely driving out towards Elora, St Clements, New Hamburg, etc.
If you're not looking for anything high end or status-y (i.e. Kobe, Wagyu, etc.), then your best bet is Central Meat Market on King Street, just past the hospital. Don't let the look fool you. Central is a meat go-to for a lot of locals in the know and they also tend to cater local tastes (i.e. German). Give it a try, you'll likely find what you need.
Another option might be Vincenzo's on Belmont. It is a little specialty foods shop that tends to focus on Italian, but carries many European, imported foods (The only place you can get Montreal style bagels in town). Their strength is cheeses, breads and condiments, but you might sniff around for meat. BTW - if you do go, go hungry and get one of their sandwiches. I've been away for 10 years but still stop in for one everytime I'm back in town...
Thanks Thatcher .... yes I was referring to the Waterloo Market, sounds like Central is exactly what I am looking for.
There are some good meat vendors at the Kitchener Farmers Market, although I don't know if it will be open at the right time for you. However, check out the list of vendors here - a lot of them have their own outlets as well, and most have numbers listed so you could call around and get times/availablity of what you want.