Beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, cool June breeze, and the sound of a sizzling grill while you’re surrounded by family. Dad’s smiling as he looks down at a full bbq of juicy steaks which will be cooked to perfection. What could be better? Here are our top choices to get the most high quality and delicious steaks around Toronto, with options that will make everyone’s mouth water.

YamChops (Vegan)

A divine selection of vegan options in the style of a traditional butcher. You may sample their Tunaless “Tuna”, Chick*n Schnitzel, Szechuan “Beef”, Montreal Style “Steak” and browse their vegan grocery selection. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or even a meat lover, there’s something for everyone at YamChops.

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St. Jamestown Steak and Chop

This butcher, located in the heart of Cabbagetown, features fresh produce, perfectly aged meats, and a fully stocked deli counter. It’s a one-stop shop for wide ranges of meats, including free-range poultry, Ontario-sourced lamb, and organic salmon. Additionally, the owner, Mark, regularly hand selects his produce, filling his shelves with only the best.

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Sanagan’s Meat Locker

This butcher shop features two locations, one in Kensington Market, and the other in Little India. It’s their philosophy to build long-term relationships with farms who only deal with animals directly to ensure that they are grass-fed. Not only can you get everything you need for a wonderful Father’s Day afternoon, but you can also grab lunch at their fresh lunch counter.

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Rowe Farms

The goal here is “to provide quality with a conscience”. Local, organic, GMO-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free. With seven different store locations in Toronto, you may find all of the grass-fed, and pasture-raised beef, poultry, and lamb, so that you can grill an ethically-sourced meal worthy of Father’s Day.


Cumbrae’s on Queen

With four locations around Toronto, there are many opportunities to buy aged steaks, sausages, and rotisserie chicken no matter where you are in the city. While you’re picking up delicious meats, you may also stay for a short dine-in experience for freshly made sandwiches.

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The Healthy Butcher

Not only does this establishment sell organic, locally-sourced meat, but also cheeses from Ontario and Quebec. Furthermore, it offers more artisanal goodies like oils, breads, and more. It’s philosophy is about “whole animals” and not boxed meats or traditional cuts that you may find anywhere. They showcase all cuts of meat, and are happy to educate customers in-person, through their website and newsletter.

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The Meat Department

Previously known as “The Friendly Butcher”, this butcher still offers the same high quality, locally sourced beef. Their mission is to support “local, sustainable, farming communities who not only produce the best available products, but also believe in the ethical treatment of their animals during their lives.” Each team member has unique skills and ideas, adding a creative touch to the chopping block. This butcher shop does not lack personality!

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Nortown Meats

This non-Kosher bona-fide grocery store has been serving Toronto for over 50 years, with several locations around the city. The main location is on Eglinton, and a beautiful second location at Bayview and York Mills. Along with its fine quality steaks, other meats and fish, it offers prepared meals daily. If you’re looking for an afternoon BBQ, this is your one-stop shop for steak, beef-frankfurters, prime rib roast, and naturally raised chicken.

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