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Nov 7, 2011 10:39 PM

Where your favourite butcher

The place I now always go to Save on meat on hasting st. I find the meat is good quality and great price.

Where do you buy your meat?


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  1. It depends what I'm making. I usually get meat from Cioffi, Columbus, T&T, Costco,and increasingly, Beefway. I really like Beefway these days.

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    1. re: fmed

      I drive by beefway every now and then, but know time to stop in. So now i will good price and good quality I'm in.

      thanks fmed

      1. When not buying from T&T Supermarket (mostly for seafood), I go to:

        Famous Foods (Kingsway)
        Windsor Meats (Main St)
        Armando's (Granville Island public market):

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          I find granville Island to prices a bit to much for my liking, don't get me wrong the quality look great but for example beef short ribs $7.99 per pound V save on meat $5.29 and the quality is the same.

        2. We avoid buying supermarket and big-box retailer meats, preferring butchers that deal with local farms growing animals humanely. Moccia Urbani Foods, a multi-generation family operation, produces Italian style dry cured meats that are as good as you can buy anywhere. Because of their commitment to the best quality, they source heritage breed meats from Fraser Valley farmers they know and trust. The animals are pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic free, grass fed, and humanely treated.

          Much of the Moccia output goes to restaurants and specialty shops but on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they open their small retail store at 2276 East Hastings. Along with cured products, you can buy fresh meats, especially pork. We regularly bring home thick cut beef rib steaks and freshly ground pork and beef as well. There is simply no comparison to the products found at high volume butcher shops and supermarkets.

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              1. re: ukjason

                I prefer to judge purchases by value, which I think of as a factor of quality and price. The price per pound of factory food is going to be less because of the sheer volume of these massive operations. In August, Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground meat prepared in Arkansas and shipped nation wide to be sold under a variety of brand names. Illness and death resulted from salmonella contamination. Undoubtedly, old style neighbourhood butcher shops are safer. Cheaper, maybe not.

                To answer your question as I've reframed it: In my opinion, Moccia provides excellent value.

                1. re: NRF

                  Ok i understand the difference between big bad corporations meat and mom and pop butcher meat. what i'm looking for is a reverse oxymoron good meat with good prices.

                  1. re: ukjason

                    Superstore it's pretty hard to beat

                    1. re: vandan

                      im looking for local meat not tyson meats

                  2. re: ukjason

                    The prices at Moccia are a bit high. I get sausages from them, but I prefer to get meat elsewhere. The quality if the meat is undeniably high.

                    1. re: fmed

                      I understand that choice and I'm sure it is a thoughtful one. My wife and I made a choice for ourselves to try and buy from places that have a direct link with the farmer raising the animal, from start to finish. It is a higher cost way to go for sure but one makes personal choices about what is important. At least the extra dollars we spend don't go into the hands of mega-corporations, they go to the family farmer and the small retailer.

                2. In West Vancouver, Sebastian & Co. is the place for top quality organic meats. Sebastian is a trained professional chef-turned-butcher. After worked for renowned Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy, he studied the art of butchery. After working as a head butcher at a busy organic butcher shop in Toronto, Sebastian and Jessica moved out west and opened a West Vancouver shop inspired by artisan butcher shops of Europe and South America. We recently hosted a large family dinner with a 10 lb. slow roasted pork shoulder, skin-on and bone-in, prepared by Sebastian. Perfection!


                  1. I also go to save on but only on thursdays when all steaks are 15 percent off