Here's what people have to say about us:
"Thank you for making quality, ethical meat so accessible. I was a vegan for quite some time, but some health complications demand a diet with meat products. We have only ever bought meat from The Healthy Butcher!"
"I purchased your organic beef burgers for the first time yesterday at your Eglinton location and I have to say that they were honestly the best burgers I have had in a long time! Great quality, great value and nice service from the counter person. I will only be purchasing my meat from your locations from now on, thank you & keep up the good work."
Caroline C., Customer
"As a regular shopper at your Eglinton W. store, it warms my heart to hear how your life path unfolded and how committed you, Tara and Dave are to bringing real food -food with spirit to us city folk. In the past, I and my family followed the vegetarian path, much for the same reasons as you and Tara. When I first saw your Eglinton store, shortly after you opened, I said ‘Hallelujah’ and have never looked back. I always look forward to coming in and speaking with your very knowledgable staff and many times try cuts of meat I’d never heard of (the vacio from New Zealand is now a family favourite).
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you bring to me and all your customers and suppliers. Your belief in the connection between food, family, relationships, community is very clear and serves as an example to us all."
Rich B., Customer
"Your beef is the best I've tasted. Hands-down!"
Sharon M., Customer
"I am beyond impressed with your standards and ethical practices."
Jess M., Customer
"Your committment to consumer education is in a league of it's own. And your recipes... Mama Mia!"
Daniel H., Customer
"Bison was delicious, thanks! The best quality and service from you guys as always, Cheers!"
Jacqueline H., Customer
"Thanks, and God bless, Mario and everyone who has helped and inspired me at my favourite meat oasis!"
Todd B., Customer
"I normally don't write this kind of email, but this was so
extraordinary that I had to give thanks to you on this New Year's Day.
We bought an organic, bone-in, smoked, uncooked ham from The Healthy
Butcher. My father always cooked a ham every New Year's, so I've had
quite a few over the years. But I have to tell you that in my 45 years,
I have never had a ham like the one I bought from you. It was
absolutely mouthwatering! This was THE most incredible ham that I have
ever eaten! When we took it from the oven, we just sat there in awe of
it. We cooked it with an orange marmelade/maple syrup glaze. I've
attached a photo that doesn't even do it justice! As the ham was
cooling, the juices were delicately streaming out from deep inside. But
it didn't stop there. Every other ham that we've had is usually dry
inside. This ham was juicy even as we continued to cut deeper into it.
It was a visual and taste sensation unlike anything we've had before!
Thank you Healthy Butcher! Please extend our thanks to your supplier
and we've already given thanks to the animal for providing us this
Happy New Year!"
"[Your bone broths] have been a major contribution to my increased good health since I started drinking them daily. With the help of your bone broth, I have managed to lose 30lbs. in the last 5 months! I also used to get yearly injections in my knee, and this year, it seems that I won't need any injections. Thank you!"
"Let me tell you what huge fans we are of the store -- when my teenage daughter was asked what she wanted for her birthday, her first answer was "For Dad to cook steak from The Healthy Butcher."
Amy B., Customer
"I'm slightly obsessed with your Bison Burgers. So. Good."
Abigail L., Customer
"What a pleasure to finally visit The Healthy Butcher @ Eglinton!
My husband and I enjoyed speaking with several individuals from the team
yesterday afternoon. Our discussion of how fresh the ingredients continued after
we left the store. He raved about the potato salad while I was still trying to
find words to describe the amazing red quinoa salad. The salads are delicious!
We purchased some tender turkey from the deli and also duck eggs. Everything was
fabulous. On coming home, we subscribed to your newsletter and are eagerly
awaiting the next time to pick up our next organic groceries! We are still
fairly new to the neighbourhood and would like to thank you for providing us
with such a rewarding experience. I am intently and genuinely interested on
learning more about organic food... Thank you so much!"
Elizabeth P., Customer
"Our favourite neighbourhood store."
Natalie S., Customer
"I also wanted to let you know that you have done a phenomenal job with your stores. The quality of the meats and fish is second to none. I am very grateful you opened in my area."
Steve S., Customer
"Thought I would drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed the 'Poultry & Nothing But' class last night. The education on the poultry industry was very interesting, and having spent time on a farm and also working in chicken barns for a chicken farmer in Niagara on the Lake, I think I better related than most of the group to much of the info shared. As for the learning, very good learning experience and I look forward to using different skills (far from skills yet – ha ha) of what we learned – I can see a load of boned legs/thighs, stuffed with pork sausage and hot peppers, with lots of apple wood on my big green egg. A big thanks to Dave and Elliott. Great evening guys. PS – I am looking forward to trying the venison steaks on Sunday!"
Andy S., Customer
"I went to your location on Queen West and found some delicious Haggis. It was amazing, just as I remembered it. I wanted to give some praise to the guys working there. From the moment I walked in the staff were nothing but big smiles and helpful. I felt appreciated as a customer and wanted to pass on my thanks to the team. I'll be back for more haggis and a lot more besides."
Alex B., Customer
"Just wanted to say how amazingly tasty your Game Pot Pie is. Please keep making these! So good."
Christine P., Customer
"I recently bought a fresh, 20lb turkey from you for Thanksgiving. It was actually the first time I ever bought anything from HB, and my first-ever fresh turkey. I was struck by two things:
1) when I phoned the store, the person who took my order sounded very friendly, and unhurriedly answered all my questions and explained to me all of my options
2) when I picked up my turkey, the person who I dealt with in the store was friendly, and took the time (even though it was very busy) to explain to me the process of brining the turkey (I had no clue!). I appreciated that he seemed to care about helping us enjoy the meat we were buying. I wish I had gotten his name so you would know who it was!
There are a lot of places in Toronto springing up that sell good quality meats, but dealing with friendly, helpful staff makes a big difference to customers. My positive experience with you guys this Thanksgiving means that I'll definitely be coming back. I'm already looking forward to fresh turkey on Christmas---or maybe I'll get adventurous and even try a goose ."
Patsy T., Customer
"I wanted to thank you for the lunch you prepared. It was a huge success. I went to visit the family late in the afternoon and they were still talking about the delicious lunch from their healthy friend. Even their ninety year old mother... took joy in the clean and healthy meal. Clean, organic and delicious food goes a long way in healing the heart and the gut."
Vivia K., Customer
"Please allow me to tell you how amazing my turducken was.
I was knocked out by your attention to making everything perfect, and
could not have been more pleased. I served fourteen very happy
diners, only a few of which had experienced a turducken roll before (at
my house last year) many of my guests declared "this is the best thing
I have ever eaten. ever!!" or something similar. The birds
were flavourful and succulent. One of my diners asked "what is
the secret?" To which I replied "start with excellent birds, and
a butcher you trust, and then don't rush things." (for the
record, I coated with butter and seasoning, and then slow roasted at
200 for about eight hours...no basting, no attention, no
peeking.) Thanks so very, very much for supplying and assembling
the excellent birds."
Barbara H., Customer
"A quick note to let you know that we enjoyed the best turkey for Thanksgiving...thanks to you. I bought a twenty one pound one... stuffing for it, plus your cranberry sauce. It was all just perfect."
Renée M., Customer
"The Sausage Making class was awesome. I really love the meat you sell. I will have to clean up my freezer and I will drive to the city to buy your meat. I’m really starting to change what we eat."
Vince S., Customer
"Mario, thank you for the great night! It truly was lots of fun and really informative! My wife and I are going to our friend's tonight so we can cook up all the sausages! I think we will be coming in to buy one of the sausage makers as well."
Murray B., Customer
"Hope your Christmas has been going as well as ours. The kids
raved about the goose and the reduced juice was divine... You guys are
major contributors to all our family feasts. And even throw together
fare.... Your good work makes a difference."
Brian N., Customer
"Hello! Just thought i'd let you guys know over the Christmas holidays after many years of my brother in law cooking the bird I got the nod. Of course, me being me wanted to do it differently so I followed your instructions for Brining and cooking. It was absolutely perfect. Everyone raved that they had never had such a moist bird. Thanks so much!"
Jennifer S., Customer
"I picked up a small haggis on Thursday for my Robbie Burns supper Saturday night. My guests raved about the haggis, all of them saying it was the best they'd ever had! Thank you."
Kelly C., Customer
"We love the Healthy Butcher and don't want to move from our neighbourhood because of it! Not only is there a huge variety of sauces,seafood and meat from farmers who care about their animals, everybody is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about being part of the positive domino effect that comes from eating organic meat."
Linda & Darius M, Customers
"Hi! I just had to send you an email about our visit on Friday. We drove
down from Barrie for a “tourist” day in Toronto, with plans to visit your
butcher shop and to go to the Distillery District. We are so very impressed with
your shop at 565 Queen St W. Not only did we purchase many cuts and
preparations, be we were very happy to receive an education while we shopped.
Friday night in Barrie, we seared the ClodHammer filets. True to your
word...this was an incredible cut of beef. I won’t say more because it would
spoil the secret!! But needless to say...more than impressed. We can’t wait to
try the burgers, sausages, shank and more that we purchased. We love our
local Butcher in Barrie; The Butcher Shop on Cundles Rd. and believe in
supporting your local provider. When back in the city, we will be sure to stop
by The Healthy Butcher. Thanks so much...keep up the good and important
Cathy C., Customer
"Thank you very much for the article. (Live to Eat Newsletter - Cooking Oils Article 03.27.2013)
I have been struggling with cooking oil questions for years, and this it the clearest, most thorough treatment of the issue that I've seen."
Deena S., Customer
"Your housemade Moroccan Rub has made me famous amongst my friends! You sure do have a strong hand with seasoning Healthy Butcher."
Susan A., Customer from Abroad
"I rarely take the time to write a testimonial; and do so only when the
product, service (or both) are exceptional. I feel compelled to write one now
for the Healthy Butcher in Toronto.
As an Australian who was remotely trying to organise provisions for a large-ish
gathering in Kingston, ONT - where my parents live; I was struggling to source
free-range, ethically farmed, organic products - and will not eat nor serve
Quite by chance I stumbled upon the Health Butcher website while googling at my
desk in Sydney. Jonathan (the Operations Director and exec Chef) and I exchanged
a few emails and by the time I arrived in Kingston we had arranged the supply
and special delivery of a 10kg ham to my parents' home. I was so impressed that
Jonathan followed through, when he could quite easily have said - "no, sorry, we
don't supply outside of Toronto".
The ham arrived on the day and time as promised. I used an Australian glaze
recipe (sorry folks, I didn't use maple syrup) and all I can say is that it was
the best baked ham I have ever eaten in my life; tender, juicy and full of
flavour. Everyone who tasted the ham (about 20 people) said how delicious it
was. My thanks to your suppliers for respecting the animal and providing food
how that tastes the way it should.
So, if you are reading this website and the testimonials and still hesitating,
please be reassured that the products you will buy from the Healthy Butcher are
of the highest quality and the service is outstanding. Now back in Australia, my
challenge is to see if I can source hams of the same quality here."
Stephanie S., Customer
"I wanted to tell you how much I love the Healthy Butcher. My
husband stumbled across the Queen Street location two years ago and purchased
some chicken for our dinner that night. We were hooked immediately, not just
because of the environmental and ethical reasons, but for the fantastic taste.
Never had I eaten chicken that tasted like that. We quickly returned to try
pork, beef, boar, elk, bison etc, all tasted better than their non-organic
equivalent. Ever since we have purchased all of our meat (and a few other yummy
items) from the Healthy Butcher. Not only are your products delicious but the
staff is knowledgeable and ready to provide suggestions and advice."
Court P., Customer
"I just wanted to write a quick note of appreciation. I come from
BC, my family's heritage stems from a southern Alberta homestead that has always
raised cattle on pastures. On a ranch like that, you grow up with what we now
think of as 'organic' meat - it tastes a certain way - the way your meat tastes
- real. Moving out east proved difficult to find meat that tasted real. Your
butcher store provides that - real meat the way it should be raised and eaten. I
don't often write notes of appreciation, but I have a strong appreciation for
what you do and I thought this was appropriate."
Kerri T., Customer
"This store is like food porn!"
David S., Customer
"I wish you and your business continued success because The Healthy
Butcher is truly a benefit to our city. More citizens need to understand that
when they buy meat from you they are buying more than a striploin, they are
contributing to an 'environmentally sustainable' future. This city needs more
honest proprietors like you."
Matthew A., Customer
"Seriously, no joke - THE BEST turkey roasting recipe ever! Even with an oven SNAFU (15 minute or so shutdown mid-roast) our bird turned out perfectly and on time, after using the HB brine and roasting guide (not to mention the terrific stuffing and superawesome gravy). It was all a hit and we are very grateful to everyone at the HB and RealFoodToronto.com for making Thanksgiving a success."
Lyla B., Customer
"Hi, Healthy Butcher: I just wanted to thank you for an amazing turkey! It was our first time ever making a turkey, but we just followed your roasting instructions and the turkey turned out incredibly juicy and it tasted really fresh and delicious. Everyone declared it to be the best turkey they've ever tasted! Thanks to you and the farmer for providing us with such a wonderful turkey. We are very grateful. We will definitely purchase from you again. Kind Regards, Lyla"
Doreen D., Customer
"If it wasn't for this awesome organic butcher shop, I'd move to
the country right away. You make T.O. a great place to live (and eat)"
Talia M., Customer
"I have to say, after every encounter I've had with your
establishment, whether it be coming into the store, speaking to someone on the
phone, or even by email, I'm always left so impressed! It's so nice to see that
the employees are so passionate and well informed about food issues, production
and preparation. Not to mention pleasant on top of it all! I absolutely love it!
It's a real pleasure to frequent your stores.
Thanks to you all!"
Theresa S., Customer
"Finding The Healthy Butcher was like finding a lost treasure."
"You guys have the best meat that I've come across, I'm convinced.
I've bought from (store names deleted), and farmers markets... and you guys
surpass them all. Nice work, and keep doing what you're doing!!"
Rosanna K., Customer
"Rarely do I write these notes to stores, but I just had to say how
pleasant shopping has been at your Eglinton Ave. store. I was a bit
reluctant to travel 'out of the way' from the regular supermarket selection and
spend the extra on organic meat but I decided to give it a try anyway.
I've only been to your store a couple of times, but each time I'm greeted with
such courteous & knowledgeable staff - everyone is so helpful & friendly and
eager to help. I don't mind at all travelling a little further and spending a
little more - the quality and service is definitely worth it. Thanks!
"Friday is my Healthy Butcher day. I am so enamoured of this store
that if the City were to declare every Friday to be Healthy Butcher Day, I would
be in full support of this important civic measure. Six reasons why shopping at
the Healthy Butcher is everything a neighbourhood butcher shop experience should
be (in no particular order): See the
Sugar and Ink Blogsite or
John M., Customer
"Congratulations, it 's nice dealing with a business that offers
such great products being dispensed by knowledgeable and friendly people with
attention to detail. I always feel good when I leave your store."
Elliott S., Customer
"To whom it may concern,
I had made plans to see my girlfriend yesterday night after finishing work at
Yonge and Eglinton. I had promised her that I would make her dinner that
evening, and that it would be a surprise. I have discovered that my girlfriend,
despite being a strict vegetarian, has a secret love for chicken. Her only
dilemma is that she can only eat properly sourced chicken, as she refuses to
support factory farming.
So, after going shopping for groceries on my lunch break, I called your Eglinton
store to see that 1 lb. of ground chicken could be ready for me to pick up after
work. I knew that if I finished at 6:45, I could reach your store just before
closing time at 7. Unfortunately, I ended up finishing work at 7:15, and ran in
the cold, grocery bags in hand, praying someone would still be there. I got to
the door and looked in to find your staff busy at work cleaning and prepping for
the next day. Someone saw me, opened the door, and I explained my situation. I
can definitely understand anyone's desire, after everything is closed and the
day is almost done, to not want to help the guy who knocks on the door looking
flustered and sweaty. Nevertheless, your staff let me in and I was helped by a
few people (one of them whose name I caught was Kat (Cat?)) who got me what I
needed, and did so with a smile. It was only a single lb of chicken, a pittance
compared to the business you must do on a daily basis, and yet I was not made to
feel unwelcome or like a nuisance even though I had shown up almost 30 minutes
after you had closed. Dinner was saved, and the chicken was, as I had expected,
I would like to thank you all very much for helping me come through on dinner
last night, even when nobody had to. It meant a lot to me, and I will definitely
be coming back.
Customer posting on Greenpeople.org
"The Healthy Butcher has ruined me for life - I will never buy
non-organic meat again. From chicken to bacon to elk steak, it's the best meat
I've ever tasted. Plus, they have the BEST sausages in Toronto!"
Marina C, Customer
"We tried your chicken for the first time ... my dad commented that
he hadn't tasted such fresh, delicious chicken since he was a kid
(back in the 40s)!"
Catherine & Guy, Customers
"Dear Mario, Ryan, Jonathon, and the rest of The Healthy Butcher Team,
Thank you so much for the beautiful meats that graced our wedding table.
23 people feasted for 5 days on eggs, sausages, peameal bacon, meatballs, and
neapolitan ragu, and the highlight, roast loin of pork with crackling prepared
with care and artistry by you, served Tuscan style. We look forward to
enjoying the Healthy Butcher's service, expertise, and love of good food again
Vivienne S., Customer
"To all the good folks at The Healthy Butcher, Best. Turkey. Ever. Your
brining mixture rocks, the turkey was the best I've ever eaten."
Sal R., Customer
"Hello Mario, The sausages were FABULOUS and
my dinner was a serious success because of them. No one could decide which they
preferred between the Vermouth
and the Thai sausages - a
testament to the success of both I think. So I was
singing your praises and talking about how wonderful you had been in negotiating
getting them here etc. Then lo and behold, one of my guests phoned this morning
to say your store was in the paper yesterday. Good for you. It seems you are
winning praise all over the place and rightly so. Thank
you once again."
Penny F., Customer
"Hi Mario. I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that I
was finally able to have my dinner party for my Dad and that he was thrilled
with the elk roast. He even took the rest home so he could make sandwiches to
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how impressed we all were with the quality and
taste of the roast. I have recommended you to my family and posted one of your
brochures in my staff room.
Thank you again for you wonderful service and for helping to make my Dad's
birthday dinner special. I look forward to the next time I can drop by your shop
and/or have the occasion to order something extra special for my family and
Kristin F., Customer
"It was my roommate's birthday and I came in to The Healthy Butcher for
some steak. She was raised on a beef farm, so I wanted to impress her! The
butcher recommended a couple of lovely rib eye steaks and if he had been around
Queen and Bathurst later that evening, he would surely have heard me yell praise
from my rooftop patio! This was truly the best steak I have ever had and I will
never go back to grocery-store meat! Thank you for making my gastronomic
experience that much better."
Deborah D., Customer
"I just wanted to say thank you. For the first time in my life (I am 50)
I cooked a roast beef that everyone loved and enjoyed and wanted more - but
there wasn't any!"
Adele G., Customer
"Dear Healthy Butcher, Thank you for opening your store. I was in this morning
for the first time, and had great experience. Ezra was fantastic. He was very
knowledgeable, and provided a personal experience. I am very excited that I now
have a place to go to that cares about meat the way I do. Itâ€™s great that I can
find out where the meat comes from, and that all of the meat I will buy in your
store is hormone and antibiotic free, they way meat should be! I loved that
everything was clean and that my meat was handled with care. Your prepared foods
were fantastic too! I am certain that I will be a long-term customer, and I will
be sure to recommend you to my numerous friends who too, have been waiting for a
butcher that carries great clean organic meat, and provides personal service."
City Bites Magazine
"This is as pure an organic shrine as it gets, but not in some
hippy-dippy save-the-world kind of way: this is a gastro emporia first and
foremost, pushing the organic mantra as much for the enviro and health benefits
as for the superior flavours. In that way, the place is both backward and
forward thinking at the same time, harkening to an age before growth hormones,
pesticides and overcrowded stock pens."
Jesse Mendes, Radio Host - CIUT Radio
"I always used to think it was normal to feel lethargic or mildly nauseous after
eating a burger or a good steak. It was the oil, I told myself; or maybe I just
ate too much. Meat is supposed to be heavy. Even when the media started talking
about hormones and antibiotics and other stuff in meat, I thought very little of
it; I assumed it was all over-blown.
I'll never forget the first time I tried an organic lamb chop. The taste was
unbelievably succulent, even better than chocolate! I thought I'd died and gone
to heaven. But what really blew me away was that I felt energized from eating
it. As if I'd just given my body nourishment. It was a new feeling for me.
A trip into the Healthy Butcher is not only a feast for the senses, it's an
education for any a young carnivore. I've learned more about meat in the past
six months than I have in my entire lifetime and I have the people there to
thank for it. The staff are top notch. Alert, friendly, patient and genuinely
committed to what they do, each and every one of them. No recycled sales
pitches, no attitude, no vacant small talk. It's always a pleasure to visit, in
that neighborhood-feeling sort of way.
People who don't buy organic have no idea what they're missing, especially when
it comes to meat. Where flavor is concerned, there's no comparison. Try one of
the chef's recipes and you'll want to take him home with you. Mario and Tara deal
directly with local, ethical farmers, which makes me feel good about spending my
money there. A former lawyer and investment banker? Who would've thunk. They're
totally in to what they do, and they're two of the most genial, down-to-earth
people I know."
SteakGuys.com, Worldwide Steakhouse Rating Site
On our most recent visit, SteakGuys.com rated The Healthy Butcher the highest
rating possible - Magnificent .
To quote our reviewer, "Toronto's Finest Organic Butcher. Try one (or more) of
Mario's pre-cooked, vacuum packed New Yorks after warming up at home. You won't
be disappointed, and it is especially unforgettable with the right wine!"
"If you've got a beef with the meat industry, shop at The Healthy
Butcher. Eating organic used to be an ethical choice; now it's as much about
good taste as it is about being good. A new Queen West butcher shop satisfies on
all fronts. Certified organic chickens perch next to grass-fed steaks. Breakfast
sausages, sweetened with maple syrup and cranberries, could almost sub for
Gina D, Customer
"Hello, we have been customers for 6 months, there isn't one single thing we
have purchased from there, that isnt simply fantastic. The slow cooked
roast in vacuum packs is our favourite, it is the best comfort food after a long
cold day, but the hamburgers as well, are just great. Thank you
and congratulations on a wonderful old fashioned high quality and yet innovative
fresh new butcher shop."
Jacob Richler, National Post
... a new organic emporium opened downtown. They have done it in the
sort of professional way that enthusiastic newcomers to a business very rarely
display. Their wood-floored shop is bright and airy and handsom, its layout
intelligent. All prices are very fair. They have hired agreeable and highly
capable people... The lamb and chickens are of irreproachable quality."
D. Grant Black, Globe and Mail
"The local butcher is dying out. But an updated gourmet breed is saving
the species from extinction... At their shop in the trendy Queen Street West
neighbourhood, the pedigree of every cut of their 100 per cent certified organic
meat can be traced. Sides of beef, pork and lamb are sourced from Ontario
organic producers, then carved by in-house butcher[s]. Whole chickens, turkeys
and ducks are brought in fresh: Nothing is frozen before it's put on display."
Jennifer Bain, Toronto Star
"Meat that is outstanding in its field. The opening of a new butcher
shop on Queen St. W. is cause for celebration."
Tralee Pearce, Globe and Mail
"Prepared dishes like the veggies take up half the space, but organic
meat is the star of the joint. Whole carcasses are sourced directly from Ontario
farms and shipped to the shop, where... [they are turned] into fresh cuts."
Yuko M, Customer
"Hi Mario! Thank you for putting together a great evening. The
sausage making class was very interesting. It was
also nice to get to talk to you as well as the rest of
your staff. It really makes it feel like a neighbourhood store where you know
the local butcher by their first name!"