Old Country Meat & Deli
6328 106 street
Taking stock of my haggis situation yesterday, I realized the freezer was running on empty. The one and only solution for this; another visit to see Todd at Old Country Meat & Deli. Located between Whyte Ave and the south side Italian Centre, this humble meat shop is a fantastic place for conversation and meat treats.
I entered the shop while Todd was chatting with the chef from O’Byrne’s (local suppliers for the win), and within seconds felt like a welcomed guest. The ever personable man, Todd and I were soon chatting about making fresh blood sausage to bartering for goods (I maybe just be baking this man some bread). Trying to sample something new every time I visit, I skipped past the fresh scotch eggs, mowbray pies, and went straight for the frozen section. Realizing you can buy already sliced haggis (a good way to manage waste) and with just myself eating this delicious treat, I opted to go this route. I also picked up a package of blood sausage and full sized steak & kidney pie as he was out of personal offerings.
Besides the standard ‘English’ offerings, Todd is serving up a massive array of sausages. From fresh chorizo, to wild rice sausage, to hot Italian sausages, the list almost seems endless. Next time you need or want to branch out, I suggest a visit. Heck you might as well pick up some double smoked bacon while you are at it. Oh and the last picture; Todd threw in a smoked ham hock as I was leaving. So my question to you – What shall I do with it? The options are probably all over the place from soup to soul food…but I’m all ears…or hoofs as it is.