The St. Lawrence Market is favourite spot amongst Toronto’s YPs. Why? If you have to ask, then you need to be schooled. So, here are our top 10 picks for the stalwart TO institution…
Carnicero’s Prime Meats and Fine Foods
Talk about selection. Carnicero’s has some of the freshest and most vibrant cuts of meats from amazing suppliers. Their selection is prime – hence the name – and their butchers always on-point in delivery fantastic quality.
One of the oldest standing vendors at the St Lawrence Market, Carousel specializes in fantastic breads and other baked goods. But go for the focaccias and other beautiful loaves of interesting breads.
Manotas Organics and Fine Foods
Here you’ll excellent home-made prepared foods of Latin flavours. They also stock some of the best tortilla chips you can find in the city, and when they have it, their guacamole is citrusy and to-die-for.
Lovers of links need look no further! Sausage King stocks essentially nothing but, and we couldn’t be happier. From pork to lamb to chicken to duck, you’ll find some of the best sausages in the city to take home. And, better yet, they price ’em all the same…
Scheffler’s Delicatessen and Cheese
It’s hard to pick just one of the delis or cheese spots in the market, but if you have to, make it Scheffler’s. This place has one of the best deli bars – including actually roasts of beef, not that processed kind – stocking fine quality and excellent prices. Their selection of cheeses and accoutrements is varied as well.
St. Urbain Bagel
These are as close to the real Montreal deal as you’ll find. Sweet, a bit salty, with just the right tang, these bagels are pure deliciousness. Baked throughout the day in their huge old-fashioned oven, grab a dozen or two and some fresh cream cheese from their counter and enjoy your next few mornings.
Kozlik’s Mustard Emporium
Mustard a L’Acienne? They got it. Balsamic and fig? Yup, they’ve a mustard like that, too. Pretty much any mustardy concoction you can think of will be found at Kozlik’s. Restaurants far and wide order from these guys, and it’s no wonder: their products can’t be beat!
Who needs Bulk Barn when Domino Foods has a huge selection of bulk goods? They’ve also some of the best imports you can find, from their wall of olive oils and vinegars to their great selection of fine Italian pastas and even their spice collections.
Come here for the chicken, and leave with some custard tarts. Churrasco’s serves some of the most amazing rotisserie chicken you can take home, and their piri piri sauce is heaven. (We buy the little jars of it so we can toss it on everything.) Their custard tarts are true Portuguese goodness.
From spanikopita to pitas, gyros and more, Yianni’s Kitchen is a quick bite of Greek delight. Their falafel pita has to be one of the best in the city, and for just above four bucks, it’s a real steal. Psst… try the curled pastry stuffed with spinach – it’s toe-curling tastiness.
Photo courtesy St. Lawrence Market