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justxpete Nov 3, 2013 04:46 PM

Can anyone recommend a great butcher in the area? Looking for organic, grass-fed, etc.

Will travel 30 mins or more to get to the best butcher in Van area, if there is one... ?

Many thanks.

Looking for something similar to Cumbrae's in Ontario, if you're familiar with it.

  1. justxpete Dec 2, 2013 10:51 PM

    Have tried the honest butcher and Pete's meat so far. Although I had a striploin from the former and an aged ribeye from the latter, making it an unfair comparison of sorts, I much preferred Pete's.

    I'll have to give them both another try on the same grounds however - an aged ribeye is generally how I measure all butchers.

    1. g
      Georgia Strait Nov 9, 2013 01:26 PM

      going way back - is that butcher shop near McGee High school still there - our moms used to depend on that place (too busy to take things out of the freezer inventory ;) - this shop would deliver in the "west of granville" area.

      i remember the magnet on our fridge in the 80's - handy ph number for busy parents of the era.

      i am wondering if it was Quality Meats - tho i thought it was on an east-west st (not north south) - might be mistaken about st location

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      1. re: Georgia Strait
        grayelf Dec 2, 2013 11:10 PM

        Perhaps it was Magee Grocery? http://www.thevisiblecity.ca/eng/ense...

      2. k
        koshfoodie Nov 4, 2013 06:32 PM

        About a year ago I made it a point to visit many butcher shops. I was curious about service, ethical products, prices, quality. Here are a few of my views:

        Windsor Meats (on Main): awesome service, decent prices, top quality meats. They are happy to cut to specifications, no matter how large or small the order. I once had them cut 2 inch think porterhouse steaks, that ended up being the best steaks I have ever cooked. Also, their marinated products are quite tasty Their sausages are average. Overall, the best in the city.

        Pete's Meats: Great service, excellent quality, good sausages, Very inconsistent selection. I basically stopped buying here because it was impossible to know what they had in stock.

        Harkness and Co: I visited here 3 times. Each time I had snotty service, and was generally disappointing with the selection.

        Honest Butcher: It was great, really top notch. I haven't visited the shop that replaced it yet.

        Rio Friendly Meats: Great prices, excellent sausages, not always the best quality. If you live in the area its worth a visit. Nice folks too!

        Sebastian and Co: Great place, but its too far to drive to West Van for a butcher.

        1. justxpete Nov 4, 2013 07:10 AM

          I've been given an additional recommendation of Sebastian & Co. from a very reliable source.

          Any thoughts?

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          1. re: justxpete
            geekmom Nov 9, 2013 08:41 AM

            I've been a regular customer at Sebastian & Co for a couple of years now. Their meats are always excellent and the service is great. The staff are friendly, know their products inside and out and are very accommodating when I ask for special orders or cuts. Whether you would want to drive to West Vancouver on a regular basis just to buy meat, I don't know... but if you want to know exactly where your meat comes from and want to buy it from a butcher obsessed with quality you can't find a much better butcher in the lower mainland.

            1. re: geekmom
              justxpete Nov 9, 2013 08:52 AM

              Sounds like exactly the kind of place I'm looking for. Are there any other places like it in the GVA?

              1. re: justxpete
                geekmom Nov 9, 2013 09:16 AM

                Not that I've found yet, but I've recently discovered West Broadway Meat Co. and so far I'm impressed with them. Their meat is good and they can tell you exactly where it came from. They have a great variety of fresh meat products for sale - I bought a rabbit from them a couple of weeks ago! - and they have been playing with neat flavours with their bacon (so far I've tried the coffee and garlic/thyme bacons - nice stuff, and sliced to order) and sausages. I wouldn't say this place is equivalent to Sebastian; it has a totally different feel, but the butchers are enthusiastic and very friendly guys who are keen to talk about their product.

                And!...when I asked for lard and suet for baking, they were very happy to help me out. I've been calling around various places in the lower mainland trying to find anyone who could sell me organic beef suet to make Christmas puddings - even Sebastian doesn't have the facilities or the demand for such a thing to make it worthwhile for them to render the fat - but when I asked Lorne at West Broadway Meat for suet, he said "Sure, how much do you want?" :-)

                1. re: geekmom
                  grayelf Dec 2, 2013 11:06 PM

                  Just saw this excellent tip on suet. It's becoming harder and harder to get hold of, organic or not!

                  1. re: grayelf
                    geekmom Dec 3, 2013 08:49 AM

                    Agreed, and the suet from WBMC is *just* suet - no weird additives like the non-organic variety sold in some supermarkets.

                  2. re: geekmom
                    kinnickinnik Dec 3, 2013 09:44 AM

                    I stopped into WBMC for the first time last week - picked up some very excellent naturally smoked and nitrate-free bacons (reg, and peppered) and ham. The ham was particularly delicious - smokey, very slightly sweet and porky. The latter got shredded into a soba soup I made with their excellent Ramen broth (pork based with bacon). The broth was unsalted other than what the bacon imparted - liked this as I could adjust to my taste. Haven't tried their fresh meats yet but will soon.

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              brokentelephone Nov 4, 2013 02:46 AM

              The Butcher @ 10th is nearby and has, I believe, grass-fed meats, etc., and dry ages as well. Their sausages are really good, and the service -- something else.

              1. justxpete Nov 3, 2013 10:34 PM

                lol, 5 different reco's so far - is there no consensus?

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                1. re: justxpete
                  KarenDW Nov 3, 2013 11:46 PM

                  in my experience, people who choose a butcher over a supermarket will try to find a local/neighbourhood business first.

                2. LotusRapper Nov 3, 2013 09:56 PM

                  The Honest Butcher - Broadway @ Trutch

                  Jackson's Meat & Deli - W.4th @ Yew

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                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    islandgirl Nov 4, 2013 11:58 AM

                    The Honest Butcher is now the West Broadway Meat Co. The service is excellent and the product is great. I'm so glad they've moved into the neighbourhood.

                  2. m
                    mendicity Nov 3, 2013 08:24 PM

                    Harkness & Co at Fraser & Broadway. Everything is from local, ethical sources and butchered in-house. They always have a terrific variety of sausages and the house-cured pancetta is delicious.

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                    1. re: mendicity
                      justxpete Nov 3, 2013 10:38 PM

                      This sounds most like what I'm looking for...

                    2. a
                      atstein Nov 3, 2013 05:36 PM


                      all free range grass fed top quality i go there when I can't make it to the farmers market. they even have lard form pasture raise pork so can make my special pie crust again!

                      PS try the hunter sausages:)

                      1. c
                        Cookerin Nov 3, 2013 05:29 PM

                        Pete's Meat - 16th and Arbutus.
                        They are great!

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