Are you daydreaming of the perfect summer meal? If the first thing that comes to mind is the patio at your favourite restaurant, you’re not alone. Many of us are missing the eateries we love, but there is a bright side to staying home. Social distancing has provided us with the perfect opportunity to learn to cook something new. Luckily, in Bloor West Village, there’s no shortage of places where you can shop safely for the gourmet ingredients you’ll need!
Ready to whip up a dinner your family won’t soon forget? Here are five local grocers to check out…
Bloor Meat Market
If you’re planning to fire up the barbeque in the weeks ahead, you should make a trip to Bloor Meat Market first. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with picking up a couple of steaks from the local supermarket. That said, you’ll usually get better customer service and a superior product from a specialized butcher shop. Beef, pork, poultry, lamb—you’ll find the freshest cuts of whatever you’re looking for at Bloor Meat Market. The shop, which has been operating in the area since 1929, is taking extra precautions during the pandemic. These include changing their hours to devote more time to sanitizing, so be sure to check that they’re open before heading over.
It’s true that most of us associate cheese plates and charcuterie boards with dinner parties. Fortunately, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a nice camembert or aged brie at home. That’s where the Cheese Boutique comes in. This Bloor West Village staple is going above and beyond to serve community members during the pandemic—while keeping everyone safe. By allowing customers to place orders for pick-up, limiting the number of people in the store, and implementing hand-sanitizing protocols, this local shop is ensuring it’s safe for you to get your cheese fix.
Snappers Fish Market
More partial to grilled salmon or mackerel than a juicy steak? Head over to Snappers Fish Market, a local gem just west of Runnymede and Bloor. With social-distancing measures in place, the shop, which specializes in freshness, is still up and running. Now is the perfect time to check it out. While many of us are quick to order perfectly-prepared seafood from our favourite restaurant, not everyone is confident in making it themselves. More time at home means more time to try something new, so check out some fish-based recipes—along with what’s in stock at one of our favourite markets.
Fresh & Wild
You can’t have a meat or fish dinner without the right vegetables. That’s why you should head over to Fresh & Wild. This small grocer, which is an outpost of a shop with the same name on Spadina and King, is a fantastic local go-to for fresh produce. It offers an impressive selection, including many organic options. Whether you’re looking for asparagus and baby potatoes to eat with your main course, or some flavourful berries and melon to accompany dessert, check out Fresh & Wild—you won’t be disappointed!
The Wine Shoppe
Looking for the ideal complement for your next family meal? How about a perfectly-paired glass of wine? The truth is, you don’t have to go to an upscale restaurant to enjoy some nice vino with dinner. Simply head over to the Wine Shoppe, conveniently located on Bloor Street West. Whether you’re looking for a merlot, sparkling Reisling, or even a seasonal cider, you’ll find it here. While the staff is knowledgeable and friendly, you may want to do some research into pairing wine and food before you go (social distancing being what it is).