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Skirt steak where to buy?

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Skirt steak where to buy?

Do any grocery stores sell skirt steak? Or where can i buy it at a decent price? What's the lowest it goes for?

In Toronto, preferably around Dufferin Mall or downtown (below bloor)
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I find the best way to get skirt steak is to just tell a butcher you are interested in making (steak) fajitas.
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They are also sometimes called flank steak, london broil, hangar steak...
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Pete_Coach wrote: They are also sometimes called flank steak, london broil, hangar steak...
The two meats Skirt steak and Flank steak are actually different.
"Flank steak is taken from the bottom abdominal area of the cow."
"Skirt steak is taken from the diaphragm muscle of the cow."
Source: https://theonlinegrill.com/flank-steak-vs-skirt-steak/
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Pretty much any place that has a butcher and where you can buy meat NOT already in plastic.
Whole Foods, Longos, Highland Farms, T&T
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: Pretty much any place that has a butcher and where you can buy meat NOT already in plastic.
Whole Foods, Longos, Highland Farms, T&T
Just a note: No frills @ Dufferin mall is a special rare case. (vs other no frills) They have a butcher store inside the store competing with No frills meat.
Why? I don't know.
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playnicee1 wrote: Just a note: No frills @ Dufferin mall is a special rare case. (vs other no frills) They have a butcher store inside the store competing with No frills meat.
Why? I don't know.
They do this to cater to ethnic markets. Like the butcher & fish section @ no frills silver star blvd and steeles location.

You got your corn flakes & ground beef in a tube is one section. Then you can get a guy to cut up a beef neck for you on the spot.
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The FreshCo and the Food Basics at Major Mack west of the 404 in Richmond Hill both have third party butchers in the store.
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A butcher that takes cuts the whole carcass, and you'll have to ask for it.

Skirt is rare, rarer than flank (hanger is even rare and a much smaller piece of the carcass). Flank you can get readily at T&T, RCSS (Free From range), among others. Skirt I don't think I've noticed available packaged.

Given its use, I just assumed it was cut away at the processing plant and sold to the ethnic Mexican market as well as Mexican (real or otherwise) restaurants.
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playnicee1 wrote: Just a note: No frills @ Dufferin mall is a special rare case. (vs other no frills) They have a butcher store inside the store competing with No frills meat.
Why? I don't know.
So what you are saying is that there are frills at the No Frills @ Duferin Mall.
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shikotee wrote: So what you are saying is that there are frills at the No Frills @ Duferin Mall.
Is nothing sacred anymore?
That's a tough one to answer.
To make it a Frill, the private butcher would have to honour the No Frills Flyer meat specials. He does not.
However, where is payment made? I've honestly forgotten. I think the meat payment is still made to the No frills cashier (or self check outs) rather than their own cash,
so perhaps you make good point.
& about the ground beef, the No frills @ Dufferin mall does offer a choice of pre packaged ground beef or tubed ground beef, but the private butcher is where the
"On the spot" service is, (at their own separate prices) so I pretty much left @UrbanPoet's point alone.

Long story short, Op would have to pay the Butcher's set price for skirt meat, (if they have it) not the No Frills price.
However, the freedom to pay for a fresh cut "as needed" amount, not a pre packaged amount would still be the benefit.
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I'm a regular at the butcher at No Frills Dufferin - great value for money for meat there and will drive 20 mins to get there.

It's actually called Pavao, a Portuguese butcher which also has a standalone location near Dundas W near Dufferin. So many of the cuts of meat are geared towards what's used in Portuguese cuisine. Its pork is where I feel it really shines and also there's a good selection of offal cuts not regularly found in other supermarkets. However, I wouldn't consider this a traditional butcher that will cut or grind on demand but rather a butcher counter in most conventional grocery stores that simply weigh and sell pre-cut meats. Don't often see skirt steak here but will encounter here and there on occasion.

The butcher counter at Food Basis at Major Mackenzie has a similar setup but with O Nosso Talho also a Portuguese butcher which has standalone locations on Dundas W and Bloor St. W. Also good quality for price. The Dundas standalone location has now stocked a lot of other grocery items that makes it more useful especially because they don't usually have a lineup unlike a lot of major grocery stores.

A reasonably reliable source at a fair price would be at Sanagan's in Kensington Market. I find there is more consistency and variety than their location on the East end. Another source for skirt steak is St. Lawrence Market with the various butchers there.
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Most butchers at St Lawrence market are overpriced ripoff.

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