The best butcher shop steaks in Toronto according to a Michelin chef

If you’re looking to make Father’s Day a sizzling success, skip the run-of-the-mill and head to your local butcher shop for some prime inspiration. With Anthony Rose firing up the grill, we’re about to settle the score on which rib-eye reigns supreme. Let the meaty showdown begin!

First Place: Sanagan’s Meat Locker


“This is incredibly tender, with a fantastic distribution of fat that enhances its rich, beefy steak flavour.” 176 Baldwin St., $40.99/lb.

Second Place: Cumbrae’s 

“This is juicy, slightly fatty and has a delicious charred taste. Flavour-wise, it’s really nice.” 714 Queen St. W., $37.99/14–16 oz.

Third Place: Côte de Boeuf 


“I’m loving the thickness of this cut, and despite that, it’s still wonderfully lean.” 130 Ossington Ave., $39/lb.

Fourth Place: Grace Meat Market

“This is incredibly tender and smoky. It practically melts in your mouth.” 644 College St., $21.75/12 oz.

Fifth Place: The Butcher’s Son


“Fantastic marbling! The umami is spot on, cooked to perfection (you can thank me later!), and the meat’s leanness really stands out.” 2055 Yonge St., $34.99/14 oz.

Sixth Place: Olliffe

“It’s pretty lean with minimal marbling. The steak’s flavour is good, but I think it could use a bit more fat to really enhance it.” 1097A Yonge St., $39.49/14 oz.

Seventh Place: Nortown Foods

“It’s excellent — tender, juicy, and that sear is just perfect.” 1 Promenade Cir., Thornhill, $33.99/lb

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