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are there any gourmet/boutique food shop in Durham Region?

fifthglen Oct 21, 2010 04:56 PM

Hi all. I am wondering if there are any gourmet or boutique food stores in Durham Region, similar to something like The Cheese Boutique in Toronto http://www.cheeseboutique.com/. I am looking for a place to buy nice sauces, chutneys, breads, cheeses, chocolate etc that are better than at Metro (ugh!). I have seen Mainly Cheese in Ajax but never really investigated in thoroughly. In specific I am looking for a place for hot sauces, bbq sauces and chutneys. Any suggestion or do I have to continue driving to Toronto? Thanks for all suggestions.


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

  1. Breadcrumbs Oct 25, 2010 05:57 AM

    I'd also agree with Buckingham's, they have the best selection of cheese, condiments and gourmet food items we've found in Durham Region.

    Also, depending on what you're looking for, I'd also recommend Whitby Persian Food Market for regional gourmet food items including fabulous, freshly made Greek Yogurt. Here's their address:
    102-1910 Dundas Street East
    Whitby, ON L1N 2L6
    (905) 723-8867

    Whitby Persian Food Market
    1910 Dundas St E, Whitby, ON L1N2L6, CA

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      testid Oct 22, 2010 05:27 PM

      For breads, I can recommend The Baker's Table in Oshawa (Ritson/Bloor) . I t is an excellent Italian Bakery. There is also a hot sauce place on Bloor , east of Simcoe, in Oshawa. I can't remember the name. Is fifthglen a Carleton reference?

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      1. re: testid
        fifthglen Oct 24, 2010 06:54 PM

        yes...it is a carleton reference. I lived there in 1993. Nice eye to detail...lol

      2. jayt90 Oct 22, 2010 07:29 AM

        Bruno's in Pickering has a lot to offer. Prices are medium to high, but turnover is good, and they make a lot of things on site. They are not connected to the chain of Bruno's in Toronto.
        There is a nearby baker, The Breadhouse at West Shore and Bayly, which is very fine.

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          munkdogg Oct 22, 2010 06:12 AM

          For sauces and such, try Buckingham Meats in Brooklin. Although not their principal business (they're a butcher shop), they do carry a huge assortment of uncommon sauces, rubs, chutneys and the like.


          Buckingham Meat
          28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

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          1. re: munkdogg
            paulcol Oct 22, 2010 03:11 PM

            thanks. I'll have to check this out.

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              Mike from Hamilton Oct 25, 2010 05:40 AM

              The Buckingham Meats in North Oshawa (on Buckingham off of Simcoe N). also has a good variety of spices and hot sauces...

              Mainly Cheese has a variety of German/European foods...

              Buckingham Meat
              28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

            2. re: munkdogg
              TexSquared Oct 26, 2010 07:34 PM

              Second/third the recommendation for Buckingham Meats. Their primary business is butcher shop, obviously, but they also have excellent Scottish bakery items (sausage rolls, meat pies, etc) and a decent imported cheese selection.

              Buckingham Meat
              28 Buckingham Ave, Oshawa, ON L1G, CA

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              Lefty Oct 22, 2010 04:12 AM

              Try Hermas Fine Foods, it is on 28 just north of Port Hope.


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                eab.432 Oct 21, 2010 06:04 PM

                Depends on where you are in Durham. Are you near Port Perry?

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                  fifthglen Oct 21, 2010 06:33 PM

                  I am willing to travel anywhere in Durham. I am in Bowmanville.

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                    eab.432 Oct 22, 2010 05:57 AM

                    Really great chocolate is available at The Nutty Choclatier, Queen Street, Port Perry. I also do a lot of shopping for dips, etc at The Trading Post, Simcoe Street, just north of Port Perry - they have some unusual items as well as having a great variety of fresh meat. There's also a store called White Feather on Simcoe Street north of Oshawa (in Raglan) but south of Port Perry. Haven't been there for a while but I hear it's good. Hope that helps.

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