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New to the city, ISO cured meats, cheese and sausages

Dear TO Chowhounders,

I recently moved to Toronto from Montreal, where I spent years refining my where-to-go list for food items such as sausages, charcuterie, cheese, bacon, cured pork products, etc.

I've been perusing this board, and it seems like to the get the "best" of anything, I would have to drive, which isn't a problem, and I'm willing to drive to buy something I'm craving.

So my question is, where do I go for:
- Cheese (I read that the Cheese Boutique is the place to go)?
- Cured meats (Salamis, hams, etc.)
- Artisanal sausages (Montreal was a mecca for this, and I miss my favorite smoked pork sausage with cheese ever so much!)

I am sure Toronto has all this (and more), and would love to be able to find what I'm looking for here. Otherwise, I'll have to take a big cooler with me on my next trip down the 401.

Thanks!

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  1. I think you will be shocked by the prices here even if you can find stuff that you like in comparison to Montreal.

    Personally, I haven't found anything equivalent to the variety/quality/price of Montreal products.

    I will be watching this thread for recs though.

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    1. re: ylsf

      Ylsf, this has been my experience so far. Your reply is getting me a little depressed, but I hope others will have some feedback.

      As for SLM, I knew it would come up, but it seems to me that it's more of a tourist destination than an actual market. But again, I've only been once, and thought many vendors were just overpriced. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

      1. re: foodie_mtl

        BTW, not directly related to what to find in the GTA ,but, if you can take time to go over the boarder I highly recommend a trip to some shops in Buffalo for good prices/selection of cheeses and other products you are looking for (Wegmans, Premier Gourmet, etc)

        1. re: ylsf

          Thank you! I was actually thinking of taking a trip across the border this weekend.

    2. You may want to make a stop at St. Lawrence Market (SLM) if you haven't already done so, just to browse and for the convenience factor of so many shops close together.

      There are quite a few cheese shops (e.g. Olympic Cheese Mart and Alex Farm) and meat shops there that may meet some of your cravings.

      The Market offers workshops such as a Charcuterie Primer that is happening in a couple of days on November 21 which you could sign up for too ($45).

      1. Hi and welcome to TO foodie_mtl.

        For cheese and cured meats I highly recommend La Salumeria at Yonge and Davisville. Really great selection of stuff at reasonable price.

        They also carry many different olive oils and vinegars so in that sense it reminds me of that gourmet shop in the Atwater market (I never remember the name) but on a smaller scale.

        Also Oliffe's Butcher Shop at Rosedale and Yonge carries a limited and perhaps pricey, but very good selection of cured meats.

        1. I love Starsky Foods for my Polish fix! Lots of great sausages, cheeses and pork products.

          1. Many people here will say the Cheese Boutique is expensive, but I recommend it and I am a very cheap guy! I also like Karlovo Meat and Deli for certain dry cured meats, here is the website: http://karlovo.com/

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            1. re: foodyDudey

              Agree on Cheese Boutique, it IS the place to go, for cheese and charcuterie.

              1. re: catherine88

                Went to Cheese Boutique on Friday, and all I can say is that their name doesn't do them justice. I was very pleased to see all the other products. And I didn't think the prices were that outrageous. Will definitely be going back.

                1. re: foodie_mtl

                  You missed the $11.99 bottle of Sriracha hen! :)

                  1. re: foodie_mtl

                    I know, it should really be called something like "Great Food Seventh Heaven"

                    I am glad to hear that you liked it. I rarely steer people to the wrong place. Now go try Summerhill Market and tell us what you think. (I don't shop there any more)

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      Haha I wish others would follow your lead and stay away from Summerhill foodyDudey. It took me almost 10 minutes just to get a spot in the parking lot on Sunday. It was chock a block madness inside. I guess everyone was gearing up for Grey Cup.

                      Anyways, I digress. I am curious though why you suggest that the Op check them out? I don't consider them a destination spot for cured meats and cheeses and from the sounds of it, either do you?