There’s nothing better than a good meat and cheese platter. Whether you are in need of some quality meat for family dinners or are putting together a charcuterie for a lavish event, finding quality meat and cheese is key to a successful dish or platter. Fortunately, Toronto is full of amazing butchers and cheese boutiques to make your shopping trip as simple and successful as possible. Check out our list of the best butchers and cheese boutiques in the city!
1. The Healthy Butcher
The perfect combination of healthy and gourmet, The Healthy Butcher offers the best local and imported ingredients, without any artificial ingredients found in most of today’s foods. Born from a passion for meat raised the way nature intended, every cut of meat at The Healthy Butcher is expertly cut to order by their team of real butchers. They’re aware of all relevant information about how the animals were raised, from where they lived, to what they ate, to how they were transported, and only sell meat that’s healthy for you and the environment. From 100% grass-fed beef to poultry, pork, burgers and sausages, if you’re looking for an extraordinary butcher, The Healthy Butcher is for you!
2. Cheese Boutique
Cheese Boutique is a gourmet emporium that has been around since 1970. What started as a humble mom and pop shop has evolved into a must-visit gourmet staple with an astounding selection of cheese from around the globe. They offer a 10,000 square foot food museum, where you can choose to take food home or nibble on it as you walk around. In their cheese vault, you have the opportunity to learn about the aging process of cheese and you’ll see some of the longest-aging wheels of cheese on earth. For a truly wonderful cheese-purchasing experience, head to South Kingsway to visit the Cheese Boutique.
3. Royal York Meat Market
Located in Etobicoke, Royal York Meat Market offers a vast selection of beef, lamb, pork, veal, poultry and more! Their meats are free of GMOs and preservatives and are prepared daily, with their produce section constantly being added to. They’re proud to give their customers healthier food options, selling free-range chicken, antibiotic-free meats and other healthy food products. With two awards up their sleeves (one for the best butcher and one for best new business), you’ll definitely want to check them out!
4. Junction Fromagerie
This artisanal cheese shop offers a selection of fine cheeses from across Canada. Whether you’re in the mood for soft cheese such as Goat Brie, Grey Owl, or Laliberté; firm cheese like Zamorano, Golden Blyth or Mountain Oak Gouda; blue cheese; semi-soft cheese or cheddar cheese, you can find pretty much anything you desire at Junction Fromagerie. They also serve artisanal cheese platters for the days you’re too busy to create your own!
Ready to get your charcuterie on? Visit these butchers and cheese boutiques for the very best selection of fine meats and cheeses!