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Meating on Queen...I owe you an apology

grandgourmand Oct 24, 2011 07:52 AM

For whatever reason, I've never been a customer at Meating on Queen, despite its proximity to my home. After this weekend, that's going to change. A saturday night family dinner required a 4lb pork roast. Hoping to get all my shopping done at loblaws, I was in dire straits (no brussel sprouts in autumn? hello). Meating on Queen filled the void nicely. The roast had a good fat cap on it (hard to find roasts that haven't been excessively trimmed) and cooked to a pink blush on the inside, it was moist and delicious.

With free range chickens at $3.60/lb, a decently stocked deli counter, a plethora of latin american condiments, an intriguing variety of house-made sausages, etc....i'll be back. In fact, I went the next day for some cold cuts and a cured chorizo (v good).

BTW, I hate Rowe Farms, I really do. Overpriced, undergood.

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Rowe Farms
912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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    jamesm Oct 24, 2011 12:03 PM

    Rowe Farms is the only place I've ever experienced sticker shock when purchasing food. I generally don't pay too much attention to prices but I was floored by the cost. I've gone into the one on Ronces a few times since it's my neighbourhood but I'm done with them for good.

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    Rowe Farms
    912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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      foodyDudey Oct 24, 2011 12:56 PM

      Does that mean you have not been to McEwan's or is there no sticker shock there for you?

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        jamesm Oct 24, 2011 01:10 PM

        Nope, never been to McEwans. Too far out of my way. The thing that pushed me over the edge at rowe Farms was paying over 50 dollars for 4 beef short ribs AND having to argue with the guy who was trying to tell me the cut I wanted was Korean style.

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          foodyDudey Oct 24, 2011 01:30 PM

          You actually paid? I'd say sorry, that is too much! You can have them! The interesting thing is, they are still in business because there are far too many people who don't seem to have to work hard for their money and are glad to fork it over.

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            foodiefiend Oct 25, 2011 06:08 AM

            I think Rowe Farms also does well as they move into neighbourhoods with a ton of pedestrian traffic and people who are wandering about and decide to pick up a 'few things' for dinner. We now go to Meating on Queen but in a pinch in my 'hood on a Sunday at 4:00pm i've been known to walk into Rowe Farms and pay their crazy prices as it was convenient.

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            Rowe Farms
            912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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              jamesm Oct 25, 2011 06:35 AM

              I did pay but only because it took so long to get them, I'd already bought the other ingredients and I just wanted to get home and start cooking.

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        MELCH Oct 24, 2011 11:23 AM

        I'm not a sauasage specialist, but sometimes I find George's sausages are very salty and I wake up with an after-taste in the middle of the night. I also find there's such volumes of it that I wonder how fresh it can be?

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          childofthestorm Oct 24, 2011 08:02 AM

          My local butcher shop, George and his family are the best. He does it all for my family, from mid-week hurried stops to grab something to cook up fast, to Thanksgiving turkeys and last night's (amazing) prime rib roast. The place is exactly what every neighbourhood needs.

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            iMarilyn Oct 24, 2011 08:15 AM

            Which butcher is that?

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              justsayn Oct 24, 2011 11:19 AM

              George IS Meating on Queen.

            2. re: childofthestorm
              foodyDudey Oct 24, 2011 12:58 PM

              We have Ellas Meats on Pape for all that. Or Sun Valley just around the corner on Danforth Ave.

            3. jlunar Oct 24, 2011 08:02 AM

              Their house-made sausages are really quite good! And such a big selection!

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                JennaBean Oct 24, 2011 08:01 AM

                Where is Meating on Queen?

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                  foodyDudey Oct 24, 2011 08:04 AM

                  Here: http://www.google.ca/search?q=Meating...

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                    JennaBean Oct 24, 2011 08:07 AM

                    Thank you!

                    Fairly close to my house so I will check it out for sure. Yesterday I spent $10 on two chicken legs from Rowe Farms. Not my idea of great quality or good value for money but it is about a five to eight min walk from mine.

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                    Rowe Farms
                    912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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