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Cheapest Steaks and Ground Beef in TO

runjumpcatch May 27, 2011 04:22 AM

I need to buy a lot of steaks and ground beef next month and am trying to find the cheapest source. I don't need organic or high-dollar butcher meat, I just need it to be safe to eat lol.

I know friends in California always talk about how cheap they get pretty good meats at Latin markets and such - does anyone know where in Toronto I would go? Any specific Chinatown grocery or something?


  1. RosiePosie May 31, 2011 10:04 AM

    Stop 33 Meat Shoppe, off of St. Clair West by the Stockyards, has the cheapest, good quality meat we've found in the city. I bet you could call and pre-order whatever you need.


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    1. re: RosiePosie
      mikefly Jun 23, 2011 05:30 AM

      Do you know the hours of operation?

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      Snarf May 29, 2011 02:27 PM

      Has anyone tried the butcher shop affiliated with the slaughterhouses on Rogers Road? It has that trailer, no middleman look that would suggest minimal retail influence. I can't vouch, as I've just driven curiously by.

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        tuttebene May 28, 2011 04:58 AM

        Ritght now, Metro has strip loin steaks on sale for $6.99/lb. which is a better price than Costco's everyday price. Don't know if you have enough freezer space to buy in advance though.

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        1. re: tuttebene
          jayt90 May 28, 2011 05:18 AM

          The Metro strip loins are Canada "AA", one grade below "AAA". http://www.metro.ca/en/on/flyer.html?...

          1. re: jayt90
            Dr Butcher May 28, 2011 07:24 AM

            You can usually find some good steaks if you dig through them! ;) I found some hard to pass up rib steaks at a No Frills sale the other week too.

            I usually buy whole striploins at Costco and portion myself, but, you can find good meat at grocery store sales if you know what you're looking for.

            1. re: Dr Butcher
              1sweetpea May 29, 2011 10:55 AM

              I bought an entire lamb at a halal butcher not too long ago. They had some fairly intact cow carcasses (cleaned, of course), ready to cut to order. People were having steaks cut, taking huge bone-in portions and having some cuts ground as per their specification. We had our lamb butchered to our specification and even had 1 lb of impeccably fresh ground leg for raw kibbee, which we ate that night. I'm sure the butchers would be happy to discuss the provenance of their meats, though I can't say whether they age meat on site or carry anything better or worse than average. I only know that the meat is 100% halal. I'm quite happy with the lamb we bought, though it being an Ontario lamb raised in the vague vicinity, I wish it had more of the gaminess of New Zealand lamb. I was really surprised at how small the shanks were and how gentle the flavour was, more like veal than lamb ... but some people really prefer that. I haven't yet bought beef from that butcher, but would definitely do so, especially to have cuts I've chosen ground for burgers, etc. I will say this: the price was right! Buying an entire lamb gave me tons of lamb (cheaper and expensive cuts) for what seemed to me to be a great price. When I look at whole leg of lamb in the grocery store, the $40-50 price tag is a turn-off, after having paid $250 for the entire animal which will provide many meals and probably last us an entire year.

            2. re: jayt90
              tuttebene May 29, 2011 07:08 PM

              The OP didn't specify AAA...

          2. sweetie May 27, 2011 11:48 AM

            Have you considered buying a whole cow? I have heard stories being able to buy the whole animal and the farm(?) will grind it up for you. I have never met anyone who has experience with this though.

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              Benniep May 27, 2011 07:13 AM

              I find the Portuguese butchers pretty cheap.

              Nasso Talho on Dundas at Dovercourt, http://www.nossotalho.com/home.php (check out the special on Steak)

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              1. re: Benniep
                k_collin May 27, 2011 08:03 AM

                i second the portuguese butcher, www.nossotalho.com

                Have eaten meat from there before and its good.

                Also a 2nd location on bloor

                1. re: Benniep
                  runjumpcatch May 28, 2011 07:12 AM

                  Thanks Benniep!

                  We went to Nosso Talho yesterday (Dundas location, since we live along Dundas Streetcar Route) and loaded up! Great prices! $6.99 for the T-Bones, $6.65 per 7lbs of ground beef (buy 5lbs get 2lbs free), and while we weren't planning on ribs, we couldn't pass up those MEATY back ribs for $3.97/lb. We always go out for ribs because usually Montana's costs the same as buying ribs at the grocery store without the hassles - but at <$14 for a rack that puts any restaurant to shame, it was totally worth it!

                  1. re: runjumpcatch
                    wano May 29, 2011 06:26 AM

                    $3.97 for back ribs is about the average so not really cheap. You can find it on sale some times for $2.99.

                    For the price and quality it is hard to beat Costco. Try the rib steak it is way better than striploin - more tasty and tender.

                2. jayt90 May 27, 2011 04:30 AM

                  The Asian markets are the cheapest, but many of them have no disclosure of grade or provenance.

                  How many steaks? How many lb. ground beef? You may need a large reliable source with Canada AAA at a low price, such as T&T or Costco. This will cost about the same as Grade A or Select at No Frills.

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                  1. re: jayt90
                    Kagemusha May 27, 2011 08:43 AM

                    Costco is hard to beat on quality/price. T&T can be iffy.

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