Open for just over a week now, Stock-in-Trade is aiming to be the east end’s answer to the boutique butcher shops of Ossington and Kensington Market. The Danforth and Greenwood spot is already making a name for itself in the neighbourhood for its grass-fed beef, Mennonite chicken, and heritage pork (all bought from local farmers and all hormone- and antibiotic-free). A prepared food counter is in the works, but what’s really bringing in customers around lunch time are the exceptional sandwiches.
Scrawled on a long roll of butcher paper, the sandwich menu changes daily. What’s best, from now until early next week, all sammies are offered at the ridiculously low price of $4 each. Though options will alternate from time to time, Stock-in-Trade proprietor Jason Becker has confirmed that there will be some mainstays. We’re partial to the pulled buttermilk chicken, which offers tender meat that’s been brined for a day, marinated in buttermilk for eight hours, and then slow-roasted to perfection. It’s paired with a house-made hot pepper sauce, smoked chili aioli, and pickled cucumbers. Arguably the most popular offering here (and another option that will appear daily), the house beef pastrami is brined for eight days, air-cured, and then slow roasted for 16 hours before being paired with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.
Sandwiches are $4 until Tuesday, June 10 while the kitchen perfects each recipe. After that, they go up to around $7–$9, depending on what you order.—Jacob Rutka
1272 Danforth Ave., stockintradeto.com, 416-792-5059. Open Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.