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The Butcher's Son

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 13, 2011

butchers son torontoThe Butcher's Son has something fantastic called the "Bacon Explosion." The meaty masterpiece consists of seasoned ground pork mixed with sautéed onions, which is formed into a log and encased in a bacon weave ($6.99/lb). Someone alert Epic Meal Time, because this thing has supreme gluttony potential.

butchers son torontoThough that particular offering hints at frat boy flair, The Butcher's Son has a story that's actually better suited to a feel-good Lifetime movie. Not too long ago, 25-year-old Matt Kumphrey was working at Bruno's Fine Foods, delivering meats to 5 Doors North Executive Chef Vito Rizzuto. The two started to build a rapport, and Rizzuto thought of Matt when looking to put his 15-year knowledge of the neighbourhood into entrepreneurial use.

"He kept hearing from restaurant customers, 'Where can I get the sauce you use?' and 'Can I have a jar to take home?' Matt says.

butchers son torontoSo Rizzuto proposed that he and Matt (who is the son of a butcher, hence the name) team up to run a butcher shop and pantry.

"It just made sense for the area," Matt says of his new Yonge and Eglinton community. "There's a fish shop down the road, but no butcher shop. And people really don't want to have to resort to the big box stores to get their meats."

butchers son torontoThe Butcher's Son specializes is naturally raised meats including hormone-free, anti-biotic free Mennonite chicken (breast $10.99/lb, whole $4.99/lb), grass-fed PEI rib roast ($10.99/lb) and more. The shop also has a specialty chef for prepared foods such as Italian lentils ($2.80/100g), Portobello mushrooms ($3.00/100g) and all sorts of vacuumed-sealed seasoned and marinated meats.

butchers son torontoWhile I'm checking out the shop I also meet Matthew Basile of Fidel Gastro's. Matthew has partnered with the duo at The Butcher's Son and will be occasionally offering (and/or preparing) his pop-up Cuban sandwiches at the new shop.

butchers son torontoAs for some of the goods already stocking the shelves, there are plenty of Rizzuto's secret concoctions including his "famous" tomato sauce ($8.99), freshly baked focaccia ($4) various dry rubs, soups, and marinades. Matt tells me he's in the process of bringing in game meats, but for now offers a little taste with elk ($30.84/kg), bison ($33.06/kg) and other specialty sausages. And, of course, plenty of bacon.

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Mophead / November 14, 2011 at 11:39 am
...Doodily ding dong tick tock?
Mark Bee / November 14, 2011 at 11:39 am
I've been in this shop almost daily since it opened. It not only features very high quality meats, but their prepared foods are brilliant as well. Try the bison lasagne. It is delicious - first rate! The owner and staff are knowledgable, friendly, and seem dedicated to making shopping at THe Butcher's Son a great experience. The neighborhood has lacked a high-end butcher's shop and now, at last, we have one!
Tony Ramirez / November 15, 2011 at 04:44 pm
This place is the cleanest and most professional meat shop I've ever been to. When you walk in there you don't feel like you're in a meat shop, I highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for great quality meats.
yk / November 25, 2011 at 01:52 pm
Excellent shop - everything is top quality. Love the lamb - and it is local (Ontario) and fresh! Beef from PEI is absolutely worth every cent. This neighbourhood has been lacking a good butcher shop and now we have a top-notch outfit!
Dominic / December 12, 2011 at 04:18 pm
Just stopped by to check it out and left with a steak and some sausages. Place is really well laid out and has a pretty awesome selection of meats and spices. Will definitely make this a regular place as much as I can. A bit pricey for the average person. I suppose you get what you pay for.
Vicky Zollino / December 23, 2011 at 11:14 am
The best Beef Wellington I've had. The meat was so tender
and tasty.
Vittoria N. / December 23, 2011 at 11:26 am
Excellent shop. Top quality meats and prepared foods. I've had the veal chop stuffed with mushrooms and it was fantastic. Meat was tender and juicy. I've also had the Chicken Cordon Bleu and again it was very tasty. Staff is very friendly and the place is very clean. Love the beef brisket sandwiches. If you're looking for top quality meat this is the place to go to. They even sell meat patties for your canine friend.
Allan / March 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Fantastic butcher shop. Top quality meats and prepared foods. They even carry an excellent Kettle Corn under the name Indulge Gourmet.
mysteryman / July 19, 2012 at 01:28 pm
I just ate one of the best lunches I've had in awhile from Butcher's Son. I had the porchetta sandwich with sauteed rapini and a big helping of spicy carolina bbq chicken wings. The porchetta and rapini combo was delicious... just the right amount of salt and the rapini gave it a delicious bitterness along with texture. The chicken wings were AMAZING. The spicy, tangy carolina sauce was definitely homemade (they sell it in bottles) and it made a great accompaniment to the more mellow sandwich. Thanks for putting me into a food coma!!
Zen / December 3, 2012 at 12:55 am
Love the story... love what your doing.. Zen, from Tenderloin Meat & Sausage... Winnipeg.
Jason / August 29, 2013 at 03:10 pm
I go here all of the time, the staff are all cool and if they don't have a cut of something you want they will either cut it for you or tell you when you can pick it up. They have prepackaged wings that are "sweet and smokey" that are amazing....
mike / June 15, 2015 at 06:43 pm
don't trust butcher shops that cut out vac pack go to a real store like cumbraes
bronson replying to a comment from mike / July 14, 2015 at 03:39 pm
You'd be surprised just what most of these shops bring in the back door, including your "glorious" Cumbraes. I've been able to talk to a lot of suppliers around Toronto and you always hear the same thing, that is that they make stops at just about all these places. It comes down to who has the best prices and how much they lie to you! Both places have great meat and other products, bottom line is you don't know jack!

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