A reader recently tipped us off to the great gluten-free options at the new Chops Meat Market in Burnside. (They’re located at the very bottom of Wright Avenue in the black and red building behind the Ultramar on Windmill Road.) One look at the recent deals on their Facebook page and we knew we had to pay them a visit!
Although you could tell that they are still getting organized and getting stock in, we were pretty impressed at the selection of meats and gluten-free items. Things that caught our eye included:
- Natural Selections meats by Maple Leaf
- Very wide range of Udi’s and Glutino products
- Salad dressings, soups, and seasonings by Lisa Marie’s Gluten Free (including gluten-free popcorn seasoning!)
- Marco Angelo sausages (certified gluten-free)
- Gluten-free hamburger patties
- Fresh RP’s Pasta
What really blew us away, though, were the prices! Here are a few examples:
- RP’s fresh lasagna sheets, on sale for $2.99, regular price $5.99 (compare to $10.99 at Pete’s Frootique)
- Package of Udi’s rolls for $4.99 (compare to $6.99 in the grocery store)
- 400 gram bag of Glutino pretzels for $6.78 (compare to $8.99 in the grocery store)
- Loaf of Udi’s Omega Flax and Fiber bread on sale for $2.49, regular $4.99 (compare to $6.29 in the grocery store)
- 175 gram package of Country Naturals turkey slices for $2.99 (compare to $5.99 in the grocery store)
- Box of six bowl-sized gluten-free popcorn seasoning packages for $0.99
- 12 pack of single-serve yogurts for $2.00
One caution: check the expiry date on any reduced items. For example, they had a lot of Natural Selections meats on for 49 cents, but they were frozen and expired back in January. Likewise, the yogurt that we bought expires this weekend.
I’m not sure if the excellent prices and sales are just to draw customers in, but I definitely enjoyed being able to get some of my favourite products without forking over a kidney. As well, since the store is smaller, gluten-free items are all pretty close together and easy to find. If you find yourself in Burnside, I’d definitely recommend checking out Chops!