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Dec 5, 2011 11:11 AM

West Island Butchers

Me again, with another query for you seasoned West Islanders.

I am looking for a decent butcher in the area. Before we moved we did most of our meat shopping at the Atwater market, where I could easily find specialty cuts or ask them to custom cut pieces of meat.

I find myself at a bit of a loss in the West Island, with the only butch I am aware of being the one in Marche de l"ouest - which is expensive. I bought a pork shoulder at Marche de l'ouest at 8.95 / kg, the following week went to atwater and got it for 5.95 / kg...

We get what we could at costco, but they have a limited selection. So, looking for a place where I could find some good quality pork butt, beef chuck, short ribs, etc..

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Good luck with that, that place is the only butcher I know of in the WI minus some smaller middle eastern shops but you wont find pork obviously. Your best bet is to continue trekking to Atwater on a weekly basis. I still go to JTM since the choice in the WI is so poor. There's Viande et Plus in Hudson (not any closer) but all the cuts sold there are frozen and prepackaged but they do have quite a bit of choice. They also raise their own cattle on premises including Highland beef which is amazing.

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    1. re: ios94

      Never heard of this place in Hudson, but sounds pretty interesting. I'd like to try their Highland beef, what are their prices like?

      1. re: Erica2125

        Not as expensive as say St Vincent, since they don't pay for "organic" certification. More in line with the standard butchers at JTM or Atwater.

        There's also the Mourelatos meat counter if meat grade is not a factor for you.

      2. re: ios94

        If you are near one of the highways, taking a trek up to Marche Colfax in Laval on the 440 (between the 13 and 15) is well worth the journey. They have good quality cuts and very reasonable prices since they are a wholesaler to restaurants and hotels.

        Their custom cut counter isn't open all the time so I recommend you go on a Saturday or Sunday when it is in full swing. They can also fill custom orders for things like whole Brisket, Kobe Beef, etc.

        For reference sake, a good 5lb pork shoulder / butt roast typically costs under $10.00 and their sausages are quite good as well. I find their Beef Short Ribs to be slightly expensive but then again, I haven't seen those anywhere else for less.

        EDIT to add link to their site:

        1. re: SKYMTL

          Talk about timely, you must be reading my mind.. Are there beef short ribs cut crosswise real thin/Korean style like at Marche L'Ouest, or can you order a slab and have them cut to your specs? I like to get them about 2-3 inches long, and I have had a hard time finding anyone in Laval to actually cut short ribs for me, or sell them fresh instead of frozen and I'm tired of driving to JTM for them. Also for what I'd pay $25 for ribs at JTM, it's closer to $40 at Marche 440, so go figure.

          1. re: Erica2125

            Short ribs certainly aren't cheap, that's for sure. I haven't asked Colfax to butterfly them for me since I usually do it myself but I can confirm that they are fresh, not frozen.

            The only issue with beef short ribs is that at the beginning of each day, like most butchers, Colfax usually cuts up a set number of beef carcases. The result is a ton of certain cuts of meat but things like Short Ribs are in "short" (ha ha) supply and get snapped up quickly. You can always ask the guys behind the counter (or window in Colfax's case) if there are any more but sometimes the only option is a frozen portion.

            Hope that helps.

            1. re: Erica2125

              I have asked the butchers at Marche de l'Ouest to cut short ribs a specific way for me, without any trouble. I think as long as you are clear and ask nicely, they will do it for you. Just be specific, because if they screw it up you are still paying for it. I did by the whole slab though, so not sure if that is a requirement..

              It is super easy for them to do, they just grab the slab and bring it to the table saw and there you go!

        2. This may not be helpful to you, because on the WI I also usually end of going to the Marche de L'Ouest butcher as well. But, if you don't mind heading to Laval, which depending on the time of day is can be a much shorter commute than heading into Montreal, try to butcher at Marche 440 (Boucherie du Marche 440, not Boucherie laCote du Marche). Or, like ios94 said, maybe just make a weekly trek to Atwater.

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          1. re: Erica2125

            New discovery in Ile Bizard, Boucherie Les Épicurieux which seems to have been around for some time.

            I was expecting another butcher with the usual Alberta feedlot beef but was glad to find out that they only sell Quebec meats and more specifically QC beef with the VSC “Viandes Sélectionnées des Cantons” certification. Never heard of VSC before, it is not a bio certification but the beef is raised in the same manner (no antibiotics, traceability, etc…). Bought some bavette which was excellent and looking forward to sampling more of their beef cuts. Prices were on the higher end, bavette was $30/kg but rib steaks were only a few dollars more which I found odd. They also carry pork from Porc Meilleur, a very good selection of QC cheeses and they also make some prepared dishes, i.e. chicken pot pies, tourtierres, etc…


            Their website links to chowhound in their "media" section (someone had mentioned them a few years back)

            1. re: ios94

              If anyone is interested in good grass fed beef, Les Epicurieux in Ile Bizard now carry Vitali-Pre cuts and the price point is much more reasonable than St Vincent. Had a really delicious rib steak recently, it's a must try.


              1. re: ios94

                Are they carrying this beef fresh or does it come frozen?

                1. re: BLM

                  Fresh, although they don't offer many cuts. The owner told me supply is short as the farm only slaughters about a dozen animals per month and since they just started carrying it they are at the bottom of the priority list. There was ground beef, rib steaks and maybe T-bones and one other cut IIRC. Today for example I didn't see any rib steaks in the display.

                  They also carry "Agneau de la Gaspésie nourri aux algues" which I tried today for the first time and was really really tender. Never heard of lamb being fed seaweed but it was really good.


              2. re: ios94

                Since reading this I had to go and check it out. Bought some 51 day ages sirloin, was delicious. Very intense flavour. Bacon is to die for. Smoky and salty, and I've been making garlic tomato water pasta carbonara with it, and it's heavenly. This week I've gotten some pig belly for making bacon, pig cheeks which I braised in pinot and beef stock, then served over mashed potatoes with a reduction sauce, was excellent. Very tender, and really more beef like than pork. Their pork comes from the same people behind Cochon Tout Rond at Jean-Talon and Atwater, so that saves me a trip.

                All in all I rate them excellent, and have switched to them full time as my meat provider. They get in their meat tuesdays so shop after then but before the weekend if you want the best selection.

                1. re: Zalbar

                  Glad you enjoyed it, their pork is from Porc Meilleur at JTM.

            2. I have not been there since it changed hands, but in Pointe Claire village, the grocery store that was remodeled is supposed to have excellent products. I would think that they have a butcher counter as they previously had one and the meat was always good. We really do not have a lot of options on WI.

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              1. re: Ruthie789

                Changed hands when? Are you referring to the one with the huge mural painted on the side?

                I went when it first opened because I heard someone refer to it as a "gourmet grocery store."

                I am fairly sure that it is an unmarked Metro store, as they carry all 'Our Compliments' products. Nothing different from a standard grocery store. Was really not impressed.

                1. re: Gregoso

                  Yes I am referring to the grocery store in the village. It closed and was purchased by a private owner, and the review in the News and Chronicle indicated that it is a gourment grocery store. The prior store had a small butcher counter and the meat was good. As mentionned I have not been there since it did change hands but am sure the write up indicated meat was on site. Have you tried the meat there yet?

                  1. re: Ruthie789

                    I am not sure when the change in ownership happened, was this in the last few weeks?

                    I didn't buy anything at the store, to be honest, because I was just looking around. But it really looked like everything came from the same distributor as Metro. Frankly I was annoyed that it was labelled as a gourmet store and it was anything but, and I didn't buy a thing. There was nothing gourmet or special about the place.

                    Maybe I will give it a bother shot. Thanks for the info.

                    1. re: Gregoso

                      It was closed and only reopened at the beginning of this year. The News and Chronicle featured the store opening as this grocery store was previously one of the oldest stores in Pointe Claire or WI. The man that purchased the store is a pharmacist from the Village, who wanted to keep it open and it is a completely new venture for him. I used to go to the old store and it was always busy, especially in summertime. The meat there used to be good, so I am hoping he has kept up the good quality.

                      1. re: Gregoso

                        I just went there on the weekend. They have a small meat counter, a large deli counter, a butcher on site, and large freezers with takeout plates made in store. I did not see any Metro merchandise, perhaps another visit?

                    2. re: Gregoso

                      our compliments products are from IGA no Metro (Metro home brand is called selection and irresistibles)

                    3. Also there is a farmer's market in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. I have seen organic meats at the market, not sure if this is what you are looking for. Someone mentionned the butcher at the Laval market. I use the one in front of the SAQ, anytime that I have a special occasion and have never been disappointed. They will definitely do custom cuts for you. I have also used the one at the Marche and agree a little expensive, but service and quality is good.

                      1. This might sound funny, but try going to the IGA in Lachine. I know for a fact that it's the busiest or second busiest IGA store in Montreal and they will do any cut you wish and they have good customer service.

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                        1. re: sophiaaa

                          It is not a funny response, each grocery store has their own butcher, although many cuts are standard, a butcher is still on sight, at most stores, with small meat counters to cater to clients who want to have some custom cuts. The Metro at the end of St. John's road at the Pointe Claire Plaza also has good meat. I only go to butcher shops for special occasions and for some of my Sunday meals, otherwise it is the regular stores and some of them are quite good.

                          1. re: Ruthie789

                            My ex was a butcher there for some time and he told me that he had never worked in a busy store like that, therefore they have high turnover of meat, meaning more freshness. Also, IGA is very focused on customer service, so it's a good bet compared to other grocery chains.