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Jun 30, 2010 04:16 AM

The Neighbourhood Butcher

There is a banner on the old Blackstone butcher store on Danforth (east of Broadview) that says the Neighbourhood Butcher is moving in.
I don't konw if it's open yet, but the sign is up

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  1. Yeah its open. I talked to the owner, seems like a cool guy. He told me: 1) They cut off the whole carcass on site, 2)They're still working on securing the best suppliers, he would like to buy Mennonite raised animals 3) His butcher is an old timer "Fourth degree black belt". 4) They will be dry aging cuts on site. I look forward to trying them out in the near future, and I wish them better success than their predecessor. It is completely different ownership BTW.

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    1. re: haggisdragon

      Sounds promising. Blackstone was a major disapointment. Too much emphasis on pre-marinated meats and "prime" cuts of meat.

      1. re: grandgourmand

        This does sound interesting. We will definitely give them a try.

        And yes, gotta agree in that Blackstone was a huge disappointment for us. Not only was everything pre-marinated but it seemed like everything was marinated in the exact same thing. Didn't matter what you got - pork, chicken - it was in the same crap!! Ick.

        1. re: grandgourmand

          Agreed. I hope this is the real deal.And if it is, I hope that the neighbourhood can support it.

      2. Its actually called the Friendly Butcher BTW. There is another location at 3269 Yonge St. I think they are separately owned.

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        1. re: haggisdragon

          Ah! I didn't realize the connection. If it's the Friendly Butcher, and given the announcement on the bottom of their web page, I assume it is:

          Ken is the owner and he is just incredibly nice and he and his staff will pretty much do anything within their capabilities to make you happy (like taking the backbone out of a 24 lb. turkey for me!). He doesn't always have many of the cuts I look for at the Yonge and Lawrence store, but if I give him a few days notice, he'll always order it in, or sometimes it's just a matter of going down and cutting it from one of the carcasses in his storage locker.

          I'm glad to see him expand the business and wish him luck!

          1. re: TorontoJo

            I think the Danforth location is owned by someone who worked for Ken.

        2. hmn... good news. will check it out soon, I think!

          1. Stopped by today. I was looking for a blade roast which wasn't in their display, but the guy at the counter said they'd get me one from the back. I took a peek in the back as the butcher cut my roast and he answered a few questions about different cuts of meat - very friendly indeed. Nice addition to the neighbourhood.