Butcher shops are beginning to make a slow comeback across the country. Butcher shops sell their products in specialized stores otherwise known as butcher shops. Butchers perform butchery there and prepare meats for sale. Butcher shops commonly sell other items including baked goods, grocery items and more.
Author Hannah Norwick profiled, “The 10 Best New-School Butcher Shops In America in an article for First We Eat.com
1.) Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats ( Brooklyn, New York)
In September 2011 the awesome team of Josh and Jessica Applestone opened a store in Brooklyn after a launching a successful store in nearby Kingston. What’s unique about this couple is Josh use to be a vegan. He is super passionate about “ethically-sourced meats.” He teaches classes and helps butchers and chefs across the country.
2.) The Local Butcher Shop (Berkley, California)
This butcher shop takes a unique approach to pricing their products. The Local Butcher Shop is owned by Chez Panisse and Aaron Rocchino. They price their meat, “Based upon its location on the animal’s body.” They pride themselves on locally produced meat usually from close to their store. They are believers in the antibiotic/hormone free meat movement.
3.) Chop (Portland, Oregon)
This butcher shop is located in the local city market. “The motto for customers is “know your butcher,” while reigning matra in the back of the house is, “know your farmer.” The staff is well versed on where each piece of meat came from including what it ate and how it ended up at the shop.
4.) Porter Road Butcher (Nashville, Tennessee)
A little further south two chefs opened their own butcher shop. The cool thing about this shop is all of their meat is purchased local and is grass-fed and can, “be bought raw or ready-to-eat.” If those ideas don’t suit your needs, ask to talk to the butchers for tips on how to prepare what you buy at their butcher shop.
5.) Smoking goose Meatery (Indianapolis, Indiana)
This butcher shop still goes along with the other top butcher shop’s mentioned in that they sell only high quality meats. They buy local and avoid purchasing nitrate filled products. The thing that sets this butcher shop apart is they specialize in old school meat preserving methodologies (seam cutting, hand-tying, smoking, curing) and more!