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This east-ender is interested in taking a culinary retail voyage to mysterious and rich South Etobicoke and I'm wondering where I might want to look up while I'm out there on a Saturday morning.

What I have so far:
Pasquale Brothers
Dimpflmeier
Blue Danube Sausage House
European Meats

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  1. Not familiar with Pasquale Brothers or Blue Danube; no clue what one would go there for

    Dimpflmeiers: Homemade jelly donuts, German pretzels, rye bread.. too bad their strudel dough is always moist and soggy

    European Meats: Debreziner smoked sausage

    Medium Rare on Dundas: Dry aged steaks, massive selection of in-house sausages, free range chicken, and pretty a pretty good prepped food table (though usually cold.. needs re-heating but its good stuff)

    Costco on the Queensway: One of the only locations to carry slabs of Dunn's Montreal smoked brisket

    Bom Apetite on the Queensway: Grilled chicken and rotisserie chicken, $10 flat for a whole chicken. I get one of each

    That's usually my stops when I travel there from Brampton..although it does seem like i'm forgetting something... hmm..

    hope this helps :)

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    Blue Danube
    1686 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1H2V5, CA

    Medium Rare
    5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

    1. Medium Rare butcher - Dundas at Kipling.
      Sha Sha Bread Co. - 20 Plastics Ave. (across from Costco)
      Lindt Outlet Store - Queensway east of East Mall

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      Medium Rare
      5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

      1. Try North Fish--Baltic style smoked/cured fish.

        Brandt Meat--not Etobicoke but close.Great wurst/cured meats/German-MittelEurope groceries. Killer lunch counter.

        Personally, I'd skip Pasquale Bros--remarkably little on offer relative to their (faded) rep.

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        1. re: Kagemusha

          If you go to Mississauga for Brandt, then you may want to stop at Starsky's for something too. It's a big Polish grocery store. http://www.starskycanada.com/

          If you don't go to Mississauga, you can check International Food Depot for a smaller selection of German stuff. It's next to European Meats.

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          Starsky's
          2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

        2. Even though it's in a mall, the Hot Oven Bakery in Cloverdale Mall is a European bakery-deli with some tasty items, especially their meat pies.

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          Hot Oven
          250 The East Mall, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

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          1. re: JamieK

            There is also a Hot Oven on Bloor near Royal York, if you want to stay in the area but avoid the mall. I love their pumpkin seed bread and have been told that the Cloverdale mall location does not sell it.

            Another vote for Medium Rare - especilly all the interesting sausages!

            And the Lindt warehouse is great if you want to gain 10 lbs. :)

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            Medium Rare
            5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

            1. re: bunnylicious

              Re: Medium Rare - I checked their site and emailed them about their sausages, the casings being all natural mentioned on the site but I wanted to know if they were pork free varieties. They replied saying most are hog (which isn't what I'm looking for) and some are lamb but that it's all on the site. Does anyone know which ones specifically are pork free? I'd rather not make a trip there if what I'm seeking isn't available.

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              Medium Rare
              5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

              1. re: BamiaWruz

                i've seen lamb sausage and even salmon sausage I'm pretty sure. Haven't tried either -- pork rules

                1. re: BamiaWruz

                  Lamb casings are a lot smaller, and used for wieners or small breakfast type sausage. Hog casings are knockwurst size, and even larger.
                  If you visit a Highland Farms store, their veal sausages have lamb casings, as well as Freybe's frankfurters, which are not all beef. You can ask a meat cutter at HF to show you the size of lamb and pork casings, as they always have them in the back.

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                  Highland Farms
                  850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                  1. re: jayt90

                    Can I buy lamb casings??? For home use? I'd love to if I can.
                    Are they cleaned and all?

                    1. re: BamiaWruz

                      Yes, Highland Farms has them. They are steam cleaned and salted for freshness. Just ask.

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                      Highland Farms
                      850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                  2. re: BamiaWruz

                    Medium Rare has chicken and duck sausages. The duck is really good according to my wife, I've not yet eaten any as of yet. Personally I'm not a big fan of chicken sausages, but what I have tried a while back I enjoyed. Thought for the life of me I can not remember the flavour. The lamb sausages are to die for!!!

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                    Medium Rare
                    5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

                    1. re: Pastryrocks

                      I think BW is referring to the casings. All casings at Medium Rare are from pork/hog regardless of type of sausage.

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                      Medium Rare
                      5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

              2. European Meats has a really good chicken souvlaki. Also, on your way out pick up a back bacon sandwich. Delicious.

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                1. re: Hondapendragon

                  Their pork souvlaki is even better.

                2. Take a drive or walk along Lakeshore Blvd. between First St. and Fortieth St. as there are a few interesting places such as small asian and other bakeries, The Factory poutine, thai, shwarma, carribean, Kalamata (patio) and a few neat little shops. Also, in Mimico there are some interesting places for food along Lakeshore Blvd.

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                  Kalamata
                  3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N5, CA

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                  1. re: fryerlover

                    Too bad about Pasquale Brothers. I remember them from King Street and back then it was certainly worth a visit.

                    What about Mad Max and The Cheese Boutique? Aren't they in the general vicinity? Not really a big fan of The Cheese B myself, but many are. I suppose if you are in the area, it would be a good stop.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      I disagree with Kagemusha on skipping Pasquale Bros. There are always some great items (prices). Their 7 year old cheddar at $25/kilo is hard to beat. Ask to go in the back which is the warehouse, they have at least 40 types of olives alone. However they are not open on Saturday.

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

                      1. re: tasoid

                        Not enough to warrant the trip. Don't dig the prices--plus there's more to life than olives. Their once-famous artichoke salad was full of tough outer leaves last time I got some--a far cry from their King St store of yore. They used to stock killer real-deal Spanish paella pans at good prices. Not sure they've kept up with the competition.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          they don't have an extensive or particularly unique cheese selection but the standards they have are better priced than their counterparts. perhaps i'm not very observant, but the coutances that i enjoy so much doesn't seem to be readily available at any other shops i drop into.

                          other than the sandwich deal with the pop, a great great snack/lunch, i don't think anything else there is really worth a look. but if you're in the nabe i don't think it hurts to check it out.

                  2. Cheese Boutique is definitely worth a visit.
                    http://www.cheeseboutique.com/

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                    Cheese Boutique
                    45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

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                    1. re: JamieK

                      You've gotta be kidding. Over-priced, occasionally off cheese, and waaaay too much condescension. Thankfully, TO has other better places to buy cheese.

                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        I still think it's worth a visit if you're the area, even once

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          Can someone who has tried the sausages at Medium Rare specifically comment on the texture. I used to like the sausages from the Healthy Butcher but I have found of late that they are full of gristle and not very good at all. I am looking for great sausages that are well ground....also do they have all of those varieties available at once to purchase individually??? are they frozen??? thanks

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                          The Healthy Butcher
                          565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                          Medium Rare
                          5241 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B, CA

                          1. re: xiolablue

                            I find the sausages to be pretty "meaty" - to me it seems to be a fine grind. Very little fat, no gristle in the ones tried so far. Some have been a little on the salty side but that's probably because he doesn't use any preservatives. They are frozen in packages of 4 IIRC. Huge selection, all types of meat, poultry, and fish sausages. I'd say try them and compare.

                            1. re: xiolablue

                              as regulars @ medium rare, they've always told us that they'll put aside any of their stuff for us in any quantity. service has always been top notch so maybe you could ask? if they weren't willing to sell the sausages in smaller packages, then maybe they would pack them separately - i.e. in pairs - so you could make two and freeze two?

                            2. re: Kagemusha

                              Perhaps, but they have much more to offer than just cheese. Great variety of dried pastas, all shapes and sizes. And some very unique products in the way of marinades, etc. Yes you need to watch your due dates, like anywhere else, but still fun to browse.

                              1. re: millygirl

                                The first time I went there, I spent about an hour just gawking at all the products -- from marinades and jams to oils and vinegars and more -- before I even got around to why I was there -- for the cheese, which is also an amazing selection. The cheese cave itself is pretty neat to see too.

                                I have not had an issue with attitude or off cheese but maybe I don't go often enough to experience any negative stuff (I live in the same neck of the woods as neighbourguy and when I go to CB, I feel like a tourist ready to take the bad with the good).

                                1. re: JamieK

                                  Sorry but I find the gestalt of the place off-putting and irrelevant. There's so much on offer around the GTA now that the "ye olde fine food shoppe" vibe is plain hokey. Suppose they rocked once but be sure to check stale dates if you go. Besides, a visit to the CB is a bit wide of "fun" for me, food-wise. Feels like a tourist trap you do once but never again.

                            3. re: JamieK

                              Divided opinions aside, Cheese Boutique isn't really in the vicinity, technically speaking; Bloor West vs. Etobicoke. Granted, they are geographically close but not the same nabe. Thought this might be useful info for the OP when making a decision.

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                              Cheese Boutique
                              45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                              1. re: tuttebene

                                OP asked for South Etobicoke. Cheese Boutique is near South Kingsway and the Queensway. I think it fits the profile perfectly.

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                                Cheese Boutique
                                45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                                1. re: JamieK

                                  yes...but relatively speaking it's not in the general vicinity of most other suggestions posted. Just wanted the OP to be aware that if they're interested in the CB, it's in the opposite direction and a stand alone destination (compared to other recs). This may help when deciding if it's worth going because the lack of agreement in the postings won't be helpful. Not much else around Ripley Ave.

                            4. Sweet Olenka's is much-talked-about. They moved recently, I believe, but are still located Mimicoish?

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                              1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                                Just a few doors east of the original location.

                              2. not TOTALLY in the same vicinity as the places you've mentioned but ma maison is awesome ... french boulangerie/patisserie/traiteur. @ royal york and dundas. go early in your trip though ... if you're there after lunch, a lot of their stuff may be gone! http://www.ur2busy2cook.com/store.php

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                                1. re: lilaki

                                  When I've been across the street at Brunos or the Magoos, I have often wondered about Ma Maison. What do you recommend from there?

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                                  Ma Maison
                                  4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

                                  1. re: mikeb

                                    Ma Maison:
                                    Wonderful ham and cheese croissants with a b├ęchamel sauce.
                                    Delicious pastries.
                                    Quiche right out of the oven.
                                    All very "correct' as the French say.

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                                    Ma Maison
                                    4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

                                    1. re: mikeb

                                      baguette, brioche and croissants just like france! i've bought some prepared foods from there before as well ... good but not AWESOME like the boulangerie type items.

                                  2. A trip to Etobicoke without visiting the Cheese Boutique is like a trip to Centre Island without visiting Centreville. You must go! It's worth a stop, if only to be charmed by the abundance, the atmosphere, and the lovely little samples.

                                    And for a delicious latte, and wonderful baked goods ( great atmosphere as well), carry on to Royal York Road to visit San Remo.

                                    http://www.sanremobakery.com/

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                                    Cheese Boutique
                                    45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

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                                    1. re: Jane.T

                                      A very apt comparison of two tourist traps--spot on!

                                      San Remo is worth it: no hype, no attitude, no extortionate pricing. A genuine neighborhood joint. Great ice cream, too!

                                    2. Not exactly etobicoke but nova portuguese bakery is very nice on Cawthra.