Pete’s Meat Butcher Shop & Deli is a local Kitsilano establishment specializing in natural and organic meats. Since Meinhart closed down on Arbutus Street, Pete’s has filled the void left by Meridian Meats. Conveniently situated right on the corner of Arbutus & West 12th Avenue, you might miss this shop because of its subtle signage, but Pete’s Meat receives lots of local clientele from Arbutus Walk residents. We live around the corner and have been meaning to stop by ever since the store opened a few months ago.
The full scale butcher shop has numerous cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. They also have a rotisserie for their free range and organic chickens. Additionally, Pete’s offers Avalon organic milk products, gourmet sauces, handcrafted vinegars, and a variety of specialty oils. The black truffle oil looked very tempting, as did the Tahitian vanilla bean and Egyptian chamomile blossom matured maple syrup!
Deli options include grilled sandwiches, paninis and “choose your own adventure” sandwiches. On this visit we were looking for lunch and opted for a couple quick sandwiches to-go. If you’d prefer to eat-in, there is a small seating area in the corner of the shop facing Arbutus and West 12th where you can sit and enjoy your meal. All we had to do was fill out a form and our sandwiches were made to order. A variety of options are available such as your choice of meat, veggies, cheese, and spreads–all for $6.49. Boylan bottled sodas ($3.00) are available, self-serve from the cooler, and we grabbed a ginger ale and root beer to accompany our sandwiches.
I ordered salami on marbled rye bread, with mayo, dijon, jalepeno havarti cheese and all the vegetables: juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, sweet red onions, green leaf lettuce, and hot banana peppers. Other sauce options include regular mustard and 1000 Island dressing. Sliced meat choices include ham, roast beef, roast turkey, and Montreal smoked. The veggies were very fresh and the meat was very tasty. Bread was on the drier side for my preference, but then again, rye is often quite dense in consistency, so it was to be expected.
Although Gary’s Montreal smoked meat sandwich on multigrain looks like it’s just meat and bread, don’t worry he does enjoy vegetables, cheese and sauces! He incorrectly assumed it would be like something from Dunn’s Famous. He should have ordered a Reuben which would have been more what he was looking for. The great thing about the choose your own sandwich option is you can opt for a slice of cheese, sauces and all the vegetables at no extra charge.