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Haven't been in a few years. Last time the butcher guy was super grumpy. Gave it another try last Thursday. Butcher was a very nice, young Scottish (?) guy. I was looking for some sirloins to BBQ. He recommended some that were from PEI. Bought them and BBQ'ed them over the weekend. They were great!

So I will go back for sure. The other meat he had looked really nice, so I am hopeful that my experience next time will be good too.

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  1. Since we discovered The Meat Dept we haven't been to Royal Beef but your report makes me want to give them another try as a back up.

    Thanks VR

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    1. re: millygirl

      Was at Royal Beef on the weekend. They have had a face lift. New coolers and different layout. Will give it another shot after this but it did not have the same appeal for some odd reason. Prices appeared to be a little higher. I hope their quality of product does not lose it's competitive edge by out pricing themselves.

      1. re: millygirl

        lol, after all the reviews of how friendly The Meat Dept was I went and he was very grumpy and unhelpful. So in the end spent my money at Vince Gasparro's who were super friendly and fun + great meat.

        I guess everyone can have a bad day.

        Royal Beef is still a standby for me but not a destination.

        1. re: Mila

          The Meat Dept has had a few changes in management since January 2013. We aren't as keen on it anymore.

          1. re: millygirl

            But isn't it "mainly about the meat", not the management?

            1. re: foodyDudey

              Not necessarily. Naturally it is first and foremost, but I'm not willing to accept poor service or attitude either.

              Maybe I'm too fussy but I expect the complete package when I shop which is why I love Summerhill Market. Ya the prices are higher but I'm okay with that. I trust where the meat comes from. The service and quality is exceptional, and the store is spotless.

      2. Royal Beef is a neighbourhood gem. I've always been impressed with the quality of meat, and the service is great. Their Berkshire pork breakfast sausages are ridiculously delicious.

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        1. re: slradcli

          That sounds good... are they links or patties? Are they sage-heavy ie/ typical American breakfast sausage or something else?

          1. re: julesrules

            Links, not sagey. Really earthy tasting. Very good.

            1. re: mariecollins

              Thanks for that! I've been looking for a local source for good breakfast sausages for years! So far I've found no one to compare to The Village Grocer up in Markham. A good back up for me has been Stricklands on Greenwood, but theirs is a bit too salty for me.

              1. re: currycue

                I'm wary of the meat from Strickland's. I bought some chicken pieces from them, and they smelled off when I went to use them two days later. The butcher assured me when I bought them that they were fresh, and would last a couple of days in the fridge.

        2. The Berkshire smoked pork chops are super delicious also.