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Jan 28, 2013 09:24 AM

Royal Beef

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.

          1. When we first moved to the Danforth in 1995, we loved royal beef, very loyal customers we were, and Paul was a very loyal proprietor to all his neighbourhood clients. Unfortunately after Paul passed away it was never the same for us. I would on average spend at $100 a week in there. I was turned off 4 years ago when i made a comment about the $60 racks of lamb i got (all fat). Carmen shrugged it off like "oh well" never went back. I'm liking the new Stock and Trade near Greenwood.

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            1. re: shelovesfood

              I would be in the store at least once a week, and I am near Carlaw. It was great when Paul was there, but within months it was completely different and not an improvement. I haven't shopped there 5 times since. There are many other good choices that are much closer.

              1. re: shelovesfood

                I also have been going to Stock in Trade. Royal Beef is nice enough, but SInT has just as good quality, more helpful staff, and an ever evolving selection of products.

                1. re: graydyn

                  I love both Royal Beef and Stock in Trade. Unlike previous commentators I've never had anything but great meat and service from Royal Beef, and I would choose them in a heartbeat over Rowe Farms where the very pricey boneless chicken breast is not properly trimmed of fat and sinew.
                  I really like the bacon selection at Royal Beef, and their cured meats. To each his/her own I suppose.... ;)