A breakdown of Toronto-based grocery delivery services

A breakdown of Toronto-based grocery delivery services

How to get everything from fresh produce to fresh croissants delivered to your doorstep

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A year ago, there were only a few big-name companies leading the grocery-delivery game. That’s obviously different now. Here’s how you can have everything—from produce and pantry essentials to artisanal cheese and freshly baked croissants—delivered right to your door.

 

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Chantecler Boucherie

The Parkdale butcher shop—an offshoot of the restaurant with which it shares a name—delivers excellent Ontario-raised chicken and pork, house-aged beef and all manner of excellent preserves, butter and eggs. chanteclerto.com

 

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Cheese Boutique

Toronto chefs might pilgrimage here for fancy cheeses, imported butters and specialty charcuterie items, but Cheese Boutique also carries just about everything Loblaws would have—their selection’s just fancier. Their snack game is also one of the best in town. Tip: tell your personal CB shopper whether you’re suffering from a savoury hankering or a sweet tooth and let them surprise you. Free delivery, with current wait times of three days. $50 minimum. cheeseboutique.com

 

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Cheese Magic

This Kensington cheesemonger is offering free delivery to downtown on orders over $30. They’ve posted their product list online, which is organized by type (gouda, cheddar, blue, ricotta) and country (Italy, Canada, Swiss, Spanish). You can order more than just comforting cheese, though—they also sell everything you’d need to build an impressive charcuterie spread including cured meats (spicy Genoa salami, Mennonite summer sausage), crackers, olives, mustards, dips (hummus, tzatziki) and cured meats. They also carry other tasty pantry items like honey, smoked salmon, sour cream, kefir and eggs. cheesemagic.ca

 

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Chefs Catering

This 46-year-old family-run catering outfit has adapted to serve the house-bound world. They’re offering restaurant-quality ingredients, including premium beef cuts like filet mignon and wagyu, typically served at some of the city’s best restaurants. Their produce comes in a pre-assembled box loaded with asparagus, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and broccoli, alongside all the basics (onions, carrots, etc.). They’re also offering a $499 meat box loaded with chicken breasts, salmon, steak and ground beef and turkey that will feed a family of four for an entire month. Free delivery. chefscatering.ca

 

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Cornershop

This grocery-on-demand service covers both big box stores (Walmart, Costco) and chain grocery stores (Organic Garage, Metro, Longos), alongside local specialty shops including De La Mer, Dufflet, Yam Chops, Harbord Bakery, Greenhouse Juice and Pet Smart. Orders under $40 are delivered for $9.90 (but the average customer pays about $6.90 for delivery) and Cornershop charges an additional service charge. cornershop.ca

 

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Country Boys Produce

Pre-pandemic, this produce wholesaler dealt strictly with restaurants. Now, they’re offering their next-day veggie deliveries to people’s homes. Their selection includes fresh herbs (mint, dill, thyme, cilantro, basil), citrus (limes, lemons, grapefruits, oranges), tropical fruit (kiwis, pineapples, mangos), and an expansive selection of veggies, including radicchio, asparagus, sweet corn, oyster mushrooms, fennel and leeks. Minimum order of $35, no delivery fees. countryboysproduce.com

 

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Easy Peasy Grocery Delivery

Before the pandemic, siblings Felicia and Jamie Somerton were busy running their eponymous design studio. When their workflow dried up, they decided to launch a grocery delivery kit service. Current kits include dairy ($35) and produce ($75) essentials, and more experiential boxes like make-your-own waffle bowl ice cream sundaes. Delivery is free and guaranteed within 48 hours. eateasypeasy.com

 

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Elle Cuisine Market

After the pandemic delivered a severe and ongoing blow to the live-events business, Lauren Mozer pivoted her catering company. It’s now Elle Cuisine Market, which offers catered dinners alongside prepared foods like lamb tourtière and fresh pasta, as well as cooked proteins (citrus-roasted salmon, blackened flank steak) and raw ones (marinated spatchcocked chickens, dry-aged steaks, steelhead salmon and humungous scallops). When ordering, customers can also submit their grocery lists (including booze), and the Elle Cuisine team will do their darnedest to fill the order. You won’t receive grocery-store brands—Mozer is using her restaurant supplier connections. That means they’re vac-packing the meat at their catering facility and portioning things like grains in Mason jars. Delivery is free for orders over $300 (otherwise, a $25-$50 charge applies based on distance). ellecuisine.ca

 

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Finesse Grocery

This student-run house-painting company asked its employees to put down their brushes and pick up groceries, instead. Customers fill out a form detailing the product, quantity and preferred brand, and the student shoppers do their best to retrieve everything on the list. Prior to delivery, a receipt is forwarded to you while the groceries are being packed and sanitized. The founder of the company, Vincent Nguyen (who founded Finesse Finish while he was a student), isn’t pocketing any delivery-fee profits—they’re instead being funnelled to drivers and used to subsidize senior discounts. Payment by e-transfer or cash is due upon delivery, but to minimize contact no change will be provided. Deliveries start at $35. finessegrocery.com

 

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Fresh City Farms

Fresh City Farms offers online shoppers a large catalogue of organic, small-batch, artisanal or local suppliers such as St. Urbain bagels, Alchemy Pickle kombuchas, Ying Ying tofu, Evelyn’s Crackers and Lee’s Ghee. There’s a $27 minimum order, plus a delivery fee of $3 to $3.50 that’s waived for orders of $75 and up. Delivery days vary by neighbourhood.  freshcityfarms.com

 

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GOcery

Currently, there are a dozen Asian grocery stores—including Lucky Moose, Nations, H Mart and Pacific Fresh Food Market—on this Markham-based app, which offers same-day delivery. Before you begin ordering, it will prompt you to input a postal code as your geographic location limits which stores you can shop from. At checkout, select delivery and cross your fingers that a slot is available. Slots fill up quickly, so try ordering first thing in the morning. $7.99 delivery charge, $15 during peak hours (weekends). gocery.ca

 

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GoJava Grocery

Office towers were GoJava’s bread and butter, as they were primarily focused on delivering coffee and snacks to corporate meetings. Now, GoJava’s selling actual bread and butter through their new grocery service, which promises next-day delivery on orders placed before 4 p.m. Their selection is well-rounded, with a balance of everyday items and gourmet specialty foods like Speducci Mercatto cacciatore, Mountain Oak aged Dutch gouda and Emerald Grasslands butter. They also have prepared meals from Brothers Butcher Shoppe (lasagna, chili) and Village Juicery (various salads, chia pudding), among others. A delivery fee of $5-$10 is tacked on to every order. gojavagrocery.ca

 

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Grocery Gateway

Longo’s online shopping platform lets you browse their aisles virtually. There’s a $50 minimum order, plus a delivery fee that starts at $7.99. A new batch of delivery time slots is released every morning. grocerygateway.com

 

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Grow Gather & Co.

This new delivery service was created to support local farmers and suppliers who would typically sell their goods to restaurants. That means their fancy food baskets include stuff from places like Famiglia Baldassarre (fresh pasta), Chantecler Boucherie (artisanal meats), Mattachioni (sourdough bread and pizza dough) and Afishionado Fishmongers (seafood). Choose a pre-built one (the small basket for $100 includes enough good food to feed two to three people for just as many days) or design your own. growgatherandco.com

 

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Hooked

Seafood shop owners Kristin and Dan Donovan are asking customers to shoot them an email to customers@hookedinc.ca, and they promise to give you a ring back within a day. One of their knowledgable fishmongers will walk you through that day’s selection of prepared foods (gefilte fish, salmon rillettes, crab cakes) and raw seafoods (spot prawns, Pacific halibut, manila clams, rockfish). Free delivery for orders over $50. hookedinc.ca

 

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Inabuggy

This online shopping platform sends personal shoppers to big chains (FreshCo, Walmart, Metro, Costco), boutique grocers (McEwan, Summerhill Market, Bruno’s) and pharmacies (Rexall). They’ll also nab you a bottle of your favourite blend from the LCBO or a six-pack of something from the Beer Store. The good: Inabuggy lets you put items from multiple stores into the same delivery. The bad: you pay for the convenience—it’s $19.99 for the first store, plus another $9.99 for every additional one they have to go to. inabuggy.com

 

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Instacart

The grocery-getter can grab all of the essentials from places like Loblaws, T&T Supermarket, Walmart, Valumart, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Bulk Barn, Pusateri’s and more. Delivery fee varies by order size and delivery time; there’s also an additional service charge slapped onto each order. instacart.ca

Labbaik

Last year, Middle Eastern grocery store Iqbal launched an online shop specializing in halal meat, and it’s still probably the easiest way to get home delivery of chicken, veal, lamb and beef. Delivery costs vary, charges depend on distance from the shop. labbaik.ca

 

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Mama Earth Organics

This organic subscription service might be best known for their purple tubs of produce, but they do more than deliver veggies. And there’s no pressure to commit—they take one-off orders and offer customers the option of building their own bundles, too. The best deal are the pre-composed baskets, which come in a variety of sizes and permutations (local-only products, fruit only, fruit and veg, veg only, etc.). However, they also offer prepared foods (cioppino, lobster mac and cheese, vegan pierogies), as well as high-quality meat, seafood, dairy products, baked goods and even flower seeds.  Free delivery. mamaearth.ca

 

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McEwan’s

Fresh produce, top quality meat (much of it pasture raised on small farms), and decadent baked goods are on offer alongside an excellent selection of fancy snacks, including chocolate-covered coffee beans, maple waffle cookies and kale chips. There’s a $20 delivery charge. mcewangroup.ca/grocery

Mexican Collective Store

When Erika Araujo’s catering company Ixiim saw business dry up at the start of the pandemic, the Mexican chef decided to pivot and began selling groceries. The selection changes weekly, but expect budget-friendly prices for high-quality Mexican cheeses (Oaxaca, panela), chilies (guajillo, pasilla, arbol), canned goods (salsa, pickled jalapeños, nopal) and produce (poblano peppers,
tomatillios). For the best value, opt for one of their weekly boxes, which come in two sizes: small ($40) and large ($60). These boxes come crammed with fruits, veggies and a mix of different pantry items like maple syrup, honey, beans and rice. $15 delivery fee. mexican-collective-store.square.site

 

 

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Mimi and Ry Produce

When the pandemic wilted this florist’s bottom line, owners Andrea Woodruff and Tina Brooks had to pivot. Now they sell bouquets alongside gourmet groceries. They carry excellent quality basics (fresh Ontario produce, freshly butchered meats, Kozlik’s mustard, Spanish olive oil, Propeller coffee beans) alongside some scrumptious splurge items, including Nova Scotia smoked salmon, burratini, drinking chocolate from Soul Chocolate, Brodflour granola and frozen Buca pizzas. mimiandryprovisions.com.

 

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Mr. Case

In the early ’80s, before Costco was a fixture, Mr. Case was out there offering wholesale prices to everyday people. The company began as a door-to-door sales operation that sold groceries by the case, but has since expanded. Today, it’s best-known for supplying offices (they carry everything from portable hard drives and printer paper to BandAids and garbage bags). They also have an impressive grocery selection of some 10,000-plus items. There’s one hiccup, though: most of the groceries are only available in bulk (hence the company’s name). Although you might not need 12 cucumbers or a three-kilo round of blue cheese, if you’re purchasing for multiple households, divvying up the order is a viable option. $20 delivery fee for orders under $75, $10 for orders over $75. mrcase.com

 

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O&B

Restaurant group O&B (Canoe, Maison Selby, Liberty Commons, Parcheggio) is now delivering groceries. Their easy-to-browse website offers staples like canola oil, pasta, flour, eggs, milk, cream, high-quality proteins (beef tenderloin, halibut) as well as fresh produce including apples, citrus, tomatoes, bananas, onions (no exotic fruit or foraged mushrooms, though). There are oven-ready items from O&B restaurants, too: empanadas from Lena, tourtiere from Bannock and Parcheggio’s lasagna. You can also throw beer, wine and booze into your virtual basket. Alcoholic offerings include LCBO standards alongside O&B’s own beer from Big Rock and specialty spirits made in collaboration with Dillon’s Distillery. Deliveries are made on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and although there is no delivery fee, a minimum purchase of $150 is required. oliverbonacini.com/grocery-delivery/

 

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Pasquale Brothers

Pasquale Brothers is a fourth-generation Italian speciality shop known for their excellent cheeses, cured meats and hard-to-find imported olive oils. Their online shop is stocked with things like paella rice, 12-year-aged balsamic vinegars, dried porcini mushrooms, double-zero flour, Italian-imported cans of San Marzano tomatoes, jamon Iberico, and a plethora of cheeses including Machego, Grueyer and Cabra Vino. Also on offer: a $50 cheese and charcuterie box that comes with crackers, olives, and Spanish potato chips. $10 delivery fee. pasqualebros.com

 

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Runner

Runner started as way to get LCBO products delivered to your door in under two hours. The platform has expanded its offerings to include pet essentials as well as fancy snacks (Squish candies and organic tortilla chips), organic baby food, Advil and even toilet paper. A flat $10 order fee applies with no minimums or maximums. getrunner.io

 

 

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Sanagan’s Meat Locker

Sanagan’s works closely with small Ontario farmers dedicated to raising top-quality poultry, pork, beef, lamb and game. There’s even a page on their website detailing every single farm they source from. Not sure if you should buy some wild boar belly, a AAA rib eye or a lamb sirloin roast for dinner? Then maybe you should add butcher Peter Sanagan’s just-published, aptly titled book Cooking Meat to that virtual cart. sanagansmeatlocker.com.

 

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Sombrero Latin Foods

Fill your virtual cart with Peruvian pop, Mexican cheeses, Dominican coffee, oven-ready yucca fries, alfajores or a meal kits (their tart-and-fresh ceviche option is excellent). This family-run business has strong Latinx ties. Their all–newcomer staff hail from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, while their products are either imported from Latin America or made by Latinx-owned GTA businesses. Delivery is free for orders over $40.
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T&T Supermarket

Toronto’s popular Asian supermarket chain has launched an online store selling only non-perishable goods. Items on offer include everything from peanut oil and canned quail eggs to bulgogi sauce and fancy rice varieties like black jasmine and sushi-grade grains. Their selection of instant noodles is particularly impressive. Kitchen gadgets—including rice cookers and steamer baskets—can also be tacked onto an order. Shipping starts at $7 for orders under 20 pounds. Note that delivery times aren’t guaranteed—expect your order within three to five days, depending on Canada Post. tntsupermarket.com

Tasteport

After you download this app to your phone, it uses your GPS coordinates to connect you with nearby specialty grocers. The initial premise behind the app was to connect smaller Indian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, halal and vegetarian shops with a broader audience. tasteport.com

 

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Tavora

This mini Portuguese grocery chain—they have two locations, one downtown and one in Mississauga—has started offering delivery. Their meat game is strong, and they sometimes carry hard-to-find Brazilian cuts like picanha, a fat-capped cut that’s perfect for grilling. Tavora also has an impressive fish counter, which is stocked with fish popular in Portuguese cooking (think cod, seabass, squid). Their produce selection is extremely fresh, as they send someone to the food terminal every morning to buy up the tastiest looking veggies. Their website doesn’t have shopping functionality, but orders can be done over the phone or by e-mail. $100 delivery minimum, $10 delivery charge. tavora.ca/home-delivery

 

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Voilà

The delivery arm of Sobey’s also lets shoppers virtually browse the aisles at Farm Boy: If you can’t carry on without that Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette or Maple Leaf Cream Cookies, here’s your home-delivery hookup. $50 minimum order and $7.99 delivery fee. voila.ca.