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Karlovo Meat and Deli

foodyDudey Aug 22, 2011 04:46 PM

I've wanted to write about this deli for quite some time now but have not had a chance since my first visit in late June. They sell Bulgarian style sausages and cured meats, plus feta and other cheeses.

One of my favourite meats which I buy each week is called "Filet Trakia". You can see what it looks like on the website, which is
http://karlovo.com/

I've been shopping there each week, and the second time I went in the publisher of the "Bulgarian Flame" newspaper was there and took a picture of me at the counter, you can see that on the wall when you enter the store. They wanted to know why someone who is not Bulgarian shopped there, as almost all the customers are from Bulgaria. I have been trying all the various sausages they sell and usually buy 4 or 5 varieties each time I go there. All have been good but my favourite is the fillet Trakia, and a long thin sausage (about 1.5 cm by 20 cm) whose name I forget.

It's worth a visit if you like dry cured sausages.

Karlovo Meat and Deli
469 Cosburn Ave
Toronto

(416) 421-5207

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Karlovo
469 Cosburn Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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  1. mariecollins RE: foodyDudey Aug 23, 2011 07:10 AM

    I've been biking past there on my way home from work for 5 years now. I'll have to give it a try.

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      foodyDudey RE: mariecollins Aug 23, 2011 07:14 AM

      You should, my review does not adequately explain how much we enjoy the sausages. My wife eats some every day within minutes of arriving home from work.

      A good time to go there is around 7 pm, when the owner (Kris) is there. Some of the women who work there speak almost no English so you may have trouble communicating at other times.

      There are usually about 15 to 20 varieties in the display unless stock is low. On the far left of the display is Lukanka, and just above it is a U-shaped pork and beef Sudjuk , those are both worth a try. For a party, you can easily make a nice charcuterie plate from items you pick up there.

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      Crepes Suzette RE: foodyDudey Aug 24, 2011 09:06 AM

      I've been going to Karlovo for quite some time now too. Their meat products are excellent, and the people are very nice. I highly recommend them for all kinds of tasty sausages and cured meats. I believe they have a store in Etobicoke as well, but I've only been to the location on Cosburn.

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      Karlovo
      469 Cosburn Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

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        foodyDudey RE: Crepes Suzette Sep 4, 2011 03:36 PM

        Well it doesn't look like anyone else here has checked out this place. They are probably too busy wondering when the Black Hoof will re-open.

        Here are photos of six items I bought today.
        They include Spanish Chorizo, Armenian Pasturma, Filet Elena, Filet Trakia, and two others.

         
         
         
         
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          Frids RE: foodyDudey Sep 4, 2011 06:16 PM

          Missed your post the first time around and glad it was brought back. I'm around there quite a lot and will be sure to check it out. Thanks!

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            Poorboy RE: foodyDudey Sep 4, 2011 10:54 PM

            FD, your picks are usually on the money. I will check this one out on Tuesday. Looks like a new food adventure. How is the Filet Elena and Filet Trakia served?
            Never had although they look tempting. TIA

        2. jayt90 RE: foodyDudey Sep 4, 2011 05:53 PM

          Are any of these cuts fatty brisket? That is worth a side trip.

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            foodyDudey RE: jayt90 Sep 5, 2011 09:52 AM

            I don't think so. The Armenian Pasturma was labelled as being "made from beef sirloin".
            It is the top item in the thrid picture. The only other beef item is just below it. (can
            t remember the name, but has a very smoked flavour) All other items are pork.

          2. Sueb24 RE: foodyDudey Sep 6, 2012 07:46 AM

            Went there for the first time since moving in virtually across the street 3 months ago. Was on the radar since foodDudey wrote this post as we've driven by it many times.

            We were having people over on Labour Day weekend and we requested BYOC (bring your own charcuterie/cheese). Figuring most of our friends are cheesehounds, I decided to nip across and get some interesting cured meats.

            The woman there was very pleasant and described the differences in the many types of sudjuk that they carry. I went with her recco of the 'traditional mixed' pork & beef, which was a hit with the crowd. My personal fave was the Turkish cured & smoked salami, who's name escapes me at the mo'.

            I was in such a hurry, I didn't have time to peruse the rest of the store properly, but since I am almost on their doorstep, I shall over time!

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