Get to Know: Local Butchers

By: Jonathan Milder

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Meat-eaters of America, grilling season starts with burgers. And great burgers start with great meat, freshly ground. Which is why this grilling season is the perfect time to start a relationship -- with your butcher.

Find yourself a good full-service butcher -- someone who grinds daily, and grinds to order. Just as importantly, find someone you can talk to. That someone holds the key to carnivore happiness.

The following list is intended to help you in your search. Call it grill season matchmaking. All the places below grind beef fresh daily. Some even make their own proprietary burger blend. But at these establishments you needn’t feel limited by what’s already in the meat case. Any good butcher will be happy to grind whole cuts for you. Chuck roast, which has great flavor and a fat-to-lean ratio well-suited to burgers, is always a good burger choice on its own. But try mixing in some brisket or adding some short rib and top round to the mix and see what a difference it makes. Better yet, solicit some ideas from the guy behind the counter. Get to know him!

As you search, do bear in mind that skilled butchers are often hiding in plain sight. The old school neighborhood store is not your sole option. While your supermarket may not produce its own charcuterie or age beef in-store, the fact is many supermarkets do have someone manning the meat counter willing and able to do many of the things neighborhood butchers have always done: butterflying and boning, trimming and tying, tenderizing, and of course grinding. I strongly recommend you get to know that someone. Carnivore happiness awaits you.

This list is only a tiny sampling of some of our nation’s most beloved neighborhood butcher shops. We need your help to, umm, flesh it out. So we want to know, are you currently in a relationship? Do tell!

1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318-5552
(404) 365-0410

Specialty food market co-owned by chef Anne Quatrano. The meat department’s focus is on heritage breeds and sustainably produced meats. They produce their own charcuterie and do their aging in-house.

1554 N Decatur Rd
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 377-0204

Full service Atlanta favorite. Yes, grinds to order.

328 Oella Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Full-service, family-owned butcher shop/meat processor. This is no boxed beef establishment. Treuth starts with the whole carcass.

160 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
92 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 576-6328

Old-time (est. 1939) mom-and-pop specialty food market and butcher. Was a favorite of Julia Child’s. The shop sources some of its meat from Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and elsewhere in New England. They grind prime chuck fresh in house daily. Wide selection of rare meats and charcuterie.

48 Grafton St
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 756-8808

Full service butcher. Family owned since 1945. Good prices.


1964 N. Halsted Chicago, Il.

(773) 549-3883

Great artisan butcher shop since 1906.

3501 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL

Specializing in a huge array of house-made sausages. Great brats here.

1026 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60642
4801 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 697-2844

Grind their own. Will grind to order.
6580 North San Gabriel Blvd,
San Gabriel, California 91775

They work from the carcass and do their own dry aging. Been voted best in LA more times than you can count.

6333 W 3rd St
Stall # 350
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-5383

Grind several times daily. Offer a special Nancy Silverton burger blend.

801 North Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Focused on pasture-raised meats, cutting by hand, and whole animal butchery.

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-2630

Whole animal butcher. Sources locally. Does a special burger patty of 80% beef and 20% bacon.

100 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Whole animal butchers. All NY State, all the time.

307 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12401
1001 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-2659

In Philly’s 9th St. Italian Market (America’s oldest outdoor market) since 1911. FN has featured these guys in the past. Wholesales to many of the Philly areas best restaurants. Old-school Italian butcher, fresh, hand cut meats. Grinds in-house, will grind to order.


3155 E. Burnside St.

Portland, OR 97214

5666 Main Ave.

Orangevale, CA 95662

Full service butcher shop. Smokes, ages, and cuts on-site. Processes wild game.

5810 Folsom Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95819

Legendary Italian grocery store with a top notch meat department.

701 57th Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

Locally owned wholesale-retail meat shop. Grinds fresh daily.


235 Cortland Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94110
320 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
1531 Melrose Ave., Suite C
Seattle, WA 98122

Full service butcher specializing in whole animal butchery, local meat, and house-made charcuterie.

4861 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Full service mom-and-pop shop.


4845 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-0777

85 year-old D.C. delicatessen with a specialty market that houses a full-service whole animal butcher shop. They grind beef daily. Will grind to order, but who needs it when one considers their special house burger blend is a 50/50 mix of prime chuck and sirloin, dry-aged in-house. Meat sourced regionally. Pam the Butcher is a rock star. Iberico de Bellota: they were the first to carry this as fresh pork via their relationship with Jose Andres.

Charlottesville and McLean, VA

Whole animal butcher with a locavore focus.

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