Best value Lamb in Calgary?
Any suggestions where can I find the best value lamb in the city?
Price-wise the New Zealand lamb products (in the green packaging, can't remember the brand name) is usually around 25% less at Superstore than at Safeway or Co-op. While I've eaten lots of the NZ, this summer we bought fresh (Alberta, I think) lamb at Sunterra a couple of times, and it is roughly double the price, but really delicious. The NZ has more of a strong lamb flavour, the AB doesn't have as much of what I would describe as a "mutton" taste. Mutton is technically supposed to be a lamb over a year old. Both good; depends what you are looking for in your lamb.
I like the lamb from Cosco. I think it's from New Zealand; I wouldn't say the flavour is exceptionally strong although I can only speak for the chops. If you happen to hit upon a "special deal" it can be quite the value indeed.
I second Costco; we buy the loin chops and they are from Australia (so it says on the label). Mild lamb-y flavor. Your next best bet is probably the frozen stuff at Superstore. The lamb from NZ and OZ tend to have a stronger flavor, NZ for me being the strongest. I find Alberta lamb extremely mild and only available seasonally, plus it's the most expensive.