Affordability - 9.9
Romance - 7
Taste - 7.4
- His Top Tips
2. Be sure to smother your sausage with the special sauerkraut/pickle/carrot mix made in house. It’s amazing.
3. After you’ve finished your sausage, pop inside and scout out some freshly baked treats or Polish snacks for dessert.
The longer that I live in Toronto, the more I come to realize that I do not like anywhere in the city half as much as I love Roncesvalles Avenue. The street is littered with antique shops, bakeries, butcher shops, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream and frozen yogurt spots, fruit markets… and not to mention, it’s a ten minute walk from High Park. The atmosphere on the street is as chill as it gets as neighbours bump in to one another and chat about the small things in life, while patrons of all ages chill on the bench or the curb and chow down on a $2.50 sausage from the Chicago Butcher Shoppe.
I’ve heard a ton of people in Toronto rave about the street meat, but $4 for a hot dog that’s been turning on a spit for a couple of days doesn’t sound like the best of deals to me. However, I’ll gladly fork over a toonie and 2 quarters for a barbecued sausage on a freshly baked bun, combined with dijon, mayo, and what I can only describe as a sauerkraut/pickled relish/carrot ensemble (made in house) that should be draped on every hot dog from now until the end of time.
The butcher shop is open all days of the week, but the sausage stand is only open from the late morning to mid afternoon on Saturday. English and French are Canada’s two official languages, but at the Chicago Butcher Shoppe, it’s Polish through and through. The majority of the customers who stock up on buns and deli meat from this little bakery are Polish and converse with the owners in their mother tongue. I almost feel guilty for making the owners speak English when I order my weekly pound of Virginia Ham. Jamie and I manage to pick up our supply of deli meat and bread for the week, all for under $5. I don’t know how that’s possible, but why ask questions? I love everything about this little spot, and you should too. Make your way over on a Saturday for a sausage and take a stroll along Roncesvalles or through High Park to make a romantic afternoon out of it!Her Take