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Oct 21, 2010 04:56 PM

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

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 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

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

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    1. re: eab.432

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

      1. re: fifthglen

        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.

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

      1. 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

          thanks. I'll have to check this out.

          1. re: paulcol

            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

            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

          3. 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.

            1. 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

       is a carleton reference. I lived there in 1993. Nice eye to