Our History

Ken and Donna MacDonald opened The Friendly Butcher in 1996 with a mission to support local farmers and bring great-tasting locally raised products to the Yonge Lawrence Village. Ken’s previous employment made him realize that there was a real need for a store that supported local farms and provided excellent service to hungry customers, and decided to create his own business to fill these gaps.  With over 20 years of growth, The Friendly Butcher remains committed to this mission, and has evolved to include a full production kitchen with fresh packaged meals and a full-service catering business.

Our staff has expertise in a variety of culinary fields, from hands-on preparation to food and wine pairing, and we’re always happy to help you decide what to cook!


Our Quality Products

Tomahawk steaks


At The Friendly Butcher, we are committed to bringing you the highest quality of fresh meats, vegetables, and meal solutions in-store and online. Our meat products are locally sourced through responsible, ethical and sustainable farming practices. Our meat comes from the following regions:

  • Poultry – Sharon, ON / Guelph, ON
  • Beef – Bruce County, ON / Port Dover, ON
  • Pork – Port Dover, ON / Haggersville, ON
  • Lamb – Guelph, ON

Looking for a complete meal solution? We source the best selection of unique and top-quality grocery, desserts, snacks, and frozen foods ready to take home from store or to order for pick-up. Come try our popular Chicken Pot Pie, our famous barbecue chicken wings and our unique snack items.  Join us for lunch, where our popular Steak Sandwiches, Potato Latkes, classic salads, and homemade soups and chili for the colder months— all prepared on-site— are sure to satisfy your appetite.

We also offer Catering and can build custom or complete solutions for your event!


Our Promise To You


At The Friendly Butcher, we bring you healthy, delicious, and affordable fresh meats and meal ideas in a neighbourly and fun shopping environment. Nothing leaves our counter that isn’t up to our own family standard, and we pride ourselves on delivering the best quality products to you and your loved ones.

Have a question or comment? We are always happy to take your call at 416-544-1729, or you can send us an email at info@thefriendlybutcher.com. We will get back to you within 24 hours!